Parental Advisory: Rap Music With Explicit Lyrics May Trigger Risky Sexual Behavior In Teens
According to a recent study published in the Journal of Adolescent Health, listening to rap music for three hours or more each day can encourage promiscuous sexual behavior in teens. The findings revealed those who listened to rap music 3 hours or more each day in 7th grade were 2.6 times more likely to have had sex two years later. The association was mediated by the students’ perception of their friends’ sexual behavior. (Medical Daily, 2/29)
U.S. Free Vaccine Program Tied to Reduced Disparities for Kids
Racial and ethnic disparities in vaccination rates have declined since the U.S. started a free childhood vaccine program more than two decades ago, but affluent and white youth are still more likely to get shots than their low-income and non-white peers, a recent study suggests. (Reuters, 3/3)
Decrease in Pediatric S. aureus Infections Due to MRSA
The proportion of pediatric Staphylococcus aureus infections due to methicillin-resistant S. aureus seems to be decreasing in pediatric populations, according to a recently published study. The authors found that the proportion of pediatric S. aureus infections secondary to methicillin-resistant S. aureus appear to be decreasing, as is variability in U.S. geographical resistance rates. (Physician’s Briefing, 3/3)
ADHD Meds Tied to Lower Bone Density in Kids
Children on medications for ADHD may have lower bone density than their peers, a new U.S. study suggests. Using data from a government health survey, researchers found that children ages 8 to 17, taking ADHD medications had, on average, lower bone density in the hip and lumbar spine (lower back) than kids not on the drugs. (HealthDay News, 3/3)
Video Games, Social Media Tied to Shorter Sleep for Teens
Teens who play video games before bedtime go to bed later and those who use online social media take longer to fall asleep, according to a recent study. These technology-related behaviors were tied to shorter and poorer sleep for teens on school days and even on vacation, while kids who stuck to non-tech behaviors like spending time with family before bed tended to get more sleep. (Reuters, 3/3)
Gender Variance and Autism Spectrum Disorders Often Overlap
Autism spectrum disorders and gender identity issues often occur together in children, according to new research that supports previous findings. Children with an autism spectrum disorders (ASDs) were seven times more likely than other children to report gender variance on a questionnaire, researchers at one U.S. medical center found. (Reuters, 3/4)
Fitness in Youth May Be Key to Diabetes Risk Decades Later
Teens with poor physical fitness are at higher risk for diabetes much later in life, even if they're not overweight or obese, a new study finds. Poor aerobic fitness and low muscle strength at age 18 was linked to a tripling of risk for diabetes in adulthood, regardless of the person's body weight, the researchers reported. (HealthDay News, 3/7)
Chemical-Free Cosmetics May Be Safer for Teen Girls
Switching to chemical-free cosmetics and shampoos quickly lowers levels of hormone-disrupting chemicals in the bodies of teen girls, a new study reports. After a short break from their regular products, levels of the hormone-disrupting chemicals in the girls' urine fell between 27% and 45%, according to the analysis. (HealthDay News, 3/7)
Simple Changes in Bad Neighborhoods Might Lower Teen Murder Rates
Sprucing up inner-city neighborhoods might at least help lower teen homicide rates, a new study suggests.Street lighting, parks, public transportation and cleaned-up vacant lots were associated with a lower risk of murders of 13- to 20-year-olds in Philadelphia, researchers say. (HealthDay News, 3/7)
Adolescents Drink Too Much Caffeine
A recent study found that 44.6% of adolescents surveyed drank caffeinated beverages one to six times per week, 11.4% consumed a caffeinated beverage every day, and only 4.8% never consumed drinks containing caffeine. The researchers believe teens need more information about the potential damage that results from caffeine consumption. (Medical News Daily, 3/8)
Review IDs Care Gaps for Teens With Chronic Conditions
Patient-related determinants of care gaps have been identified in adolescents with chronic conditions according to a recent study. The researchers identified 11 risk factors and nine protective factors for care gaps, all of which were related to patient characteristics. (Physician’s Briefing, 3/8)
Most Teens Who Abuse ADHD Meds Get Them From Others
Abuse of ADHD stimulant drugs such Ritalin or Adderall is on the rise, and a new study finds that 90% of teens who abuse the drugs get them from someone else. About 7% of the participants said they had used a prescription stimulant drug in the past 30 days, and more than half said their use was non-medical. (HealthDay News, 3/8)
Kids Who Skip Lunch are Missing Out on Essential Nutrients
Children, age 4 to 18 years old, who skip lunch may not be getting enough vitamins and minerals from the rest of their meals and snacks, a study suggests. Researchers examined nutrition information for almost 4,800 school-age kids and found that about 7 to 20% skipped lunch at least once a week. (Reuters, 3/8)    




Schools Should Recognize Trauma as a Disability, Compton Lawsuit Says
A group of middle and high school students in Compton have filed a first-of-its-kind federal lawsuit saying violence at home and in their neighborhoods has impaired their ability to learn at school. The students, along with three teachers, allege the Compton Unified School District has failed to recognize and address their trauma-induced disabilities, and therefore has denied their legal right to an equal education. (KQED, 2/22)
Hollywood's Rating System Blamed in Class Action Lawsuit for Smoking-Related Deaths
The Motion Picture Association of America as well as its studio members and the National Association of Theatre Owners were hit with a proposed class action lawsuit because they have allegedly continuing to stamp "their seal of approval" on films meant for children that feature tobacco imagery by rating them "G," "PG," and "PG-13." (The Hollywood Reporter, 2/26)
South Dakota Gov. Vetoes Anti-Trans 'Bathroom Bill'
South Dakota Gov. Dennis Daugaard today vetoed a bill that would have restricted transgender students’ use of restrooms, locker rooms, and other gender-specific facilities in public schools. The bill "does not address any pressing issue," said the governor in his veto message. Daugaard also insisted that such decisions were best left to local school officials. (The Advocate, 3/1)
New York State's 'Tampon Tax' Targeted in Class-Action Suit
New York state's "tampon tax" reflects a double standard that applies the sales tax to menstrual products used by women while exempting items typically used by men, such as Rogaine and condoms, according to a class-action lawsuit filed last week. New York is one of 40 states that levy a sales tax on feminine sanitary products. (The New York Times, 3/3)
Bill Would Make California 2nd State with Smoking Age of 21
California lawmakers revived a stalled effort to make the nation’s most populous state one of two to raise the smoking age to 21. The state Assembly passed a bill raising the smoking age from 18, joining Hawaii and dozens of cities around the country, including San Francisco just last week that have already moved to the higher limit. (The Washington Post, 3/3)
Chances Are, Boston schools Are Safe From Sugary Drinks
Sugary soft drinks and juices linked to bulging waistlines have all but disappeared from Boston’s public schools after a major push began years ago to banish the drinks, according to a study published Thursday that calls the city’s strict rules a model for the nation. Only 4% of Boston students have access to sugar-sweetened beverages, said researchers. (The Boston Globe, 3/3)
Supreme Court Majority Blocks Louisiana Law Restricting Abortion Providers
The Supreme Court handed abortion rights advocates a victory Friday by blocking a Louisiana law they said would leave the state with only one doctor licensed to perform the procedure. The court, with only Justice Clarence Thomas dissenting, issued a brief order that restores an earlier judicial ban on enforcing the 2014 state law. (The Los Angeles Times, 3/4)
Colorado Looks to Broaden Therapists’ Power to Prevent School Shootings
In a state that has been battered by mass shootings, Colorado lawmakers are trying a new, focused approach to stopping bloodshed in schools. A proposed bill would broaden the circumstances under which mental-health professionals can report a student that they believe poses a threat, an issue that has drawn increasing attention around the country. (The Wall Street Journal, 3/6)




Consultation Needed for the Global Framework for Accelerated Action for Adolescent Health
Comments are now sought for initial inputs into the Framework, from representatives of government, civil society, the private sector, academia, youth groups, and from individual citizens, to inform what should be in the Global Framework for Accelerated Action for Adolescent Health. (WHO, 3/9)




CDC Lists Top US Public Health Issues
The Prevention Status Reports (PSRs) highlight—for all 50 states and the District of Columbia—the status of public health policies and practices designed to address the top  public health problems and concerns. The recent report includes teen pregnancy, as well as food safety, heart disease and stroke, alcohol-related harm, and prescription drug overdose. (CDC, 2/29)
AAP Recommends Pediatricians Should Screen for Poverty During Child-Wellness Visits
The policy statement is the result of a years-long effort on the part of the AAP's Poverty and Child Health Leadership Workgroup. In its newly released policy statement and technical report, the group highlights what it calls the "lifelong hardship" faced by kids who grow up in poverty. (The Washington Post, 3/9)




Our Future: A Lancet Commission on Adolescent Health and Wellbeing Symposium Launch
On May 10, The Lancet will publish Our Future: A Lancet Commission on Adolescent Health and Wellbeing, a report that brings together perspectives from public health, economics, political and social science, behavioural science and neuroscience. The symposium will include panel discussions led by Dr. Richard Horton, Editor-in-Chief and takes place at the University College London. (The Lancet Youth, 3/9)




Perspectives on Positive Youth Development
Join USAID and YouthPower Learning on March 11 at 10am EST for their webinar on Positive Youth Development (PYD). The webinar will address in what way you can integrate PYD strategies into your own youth programming to improve outcomes in academic achievement, workforce readiness, positive health behaviors, increased civic engagement, and violence prevention. (The Lancet Youth, 3/3)
2015 CDC STD Treatment Guidelines Update Webinar in Spanish
Please join us for the 2015 CDC STD Treatment Guidelines webinar, provided in Spanish, and hosted by the NYC STD/HIV Prevention Training Center and the National STD Curriculum Center on Tuesday April 5th at 1:00pm EST. The STD Treatment Guidelines were developed to assist clinicians and healthcare providers in giving their patients the appropriate STD testing, treatment, and counseling messages. (NYPATH, 3/7)
Teaching Consent through Modeling and Skill Building
Join Julia Bennett, MPH, Manager of Education & Publications, Planned Parenthood Federation of America on Tuesday, March 15th at 4:00pm EST for this exciting webinar. This webinar will provide school health professionals with the tools and resources to teach the basics of consent with teens and young adults in the classroom. (ASHA, 3/9)




2016 ASHA Scholarship
Scholarships in the amount of approximately $250 will be provided to one undergraduate and one graduate student specializing in any school health profession. Information about scholarship requirements can be found on the ASHA website. Applications must be received no later than 4 pm ET on Wednesday, July 20, 2016. (ASHA, 3/9)

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