Stress And Depression Are Linked With HPV Complications, Study Shows
Researchers have known for some time that mental and physical health are intertwined, and the latest research on HPV further supports this association. According to a recent study, stress and depression are linked with HPV complications, specifically, whether the infection sticks around long enough to increase a woman’s risk of cervical cancer. (Bustle, 5/1)
Teens Who Eat Lots of Fruit May Lower Their Breast Cancer Risk
In a recent study, consumption of apples, bananas and grapes during adolescence was strongly associated with a drop in breast cancer risk. Roughly three daily servings of such fruits was linked to a 25 percent drop in risk by middle age, compared with consuming just a half-serving per day. (HealthDay News, 5/11)
Can Your Age Predict What Birth Control You Use? A New Data Set Suggests Yes
The type of birth control a woman uses might depend on where she lives and how old she is. The health data firm Amino scanned half a million birth control claims filed with insurance companies in 2014 and 2015 and found that women in their 30s tend to gravitate toward IUDs, whereas women in their 20s prefer the contraceptive implant. (Vox, 5/11)
Nearly 1 Million More Kids Have Health Coverage After Obamacare
Nearly 1 million U.S. children gained health insurance the first year after the Affordable Care Act was fully implemented, a new report shows. The number of uninsured children fell from 5.4 million in 2013 to 4.5 million one year later, according to the study funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. (HealthDay News, 5/11)
Most Asthma Research Does Not Apply to Black Children
Genetic risk factors for asthma identified in recent years may not apply to black children, or other minorities, due to studies including only white asthma patients, researchers say. A new study found nearly all known genetic risk factors for asthma could not be replicated with black patients, finding instead other genetic markers that may increase risk for the condition. (UPI, 5/12)
Persistent Asthma in Childhood Tied to COPD Risk As Young Adult
Children with persistent asthma and reduced growth of lung function may be at increased risk for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) in early adulthood, according to a recent study. At the end of the study, 11% of the young adults were diagnosed with COPD. Other than persistent asthma, risks for COPD included being male and having poor lung function at the start of the study. (Physician’s Briefing, 5/12)
The Key To Reducing School Suspensions? Treat Kids With Empathy, Says Study
Students who get suspended from school are more likely to later drop out and face jail time. But there are easy ways for teachers to reduce their reliance on this punishment. According to a study, when teachers are reminded to approach students with an empathic mindset, rates of school suspensions go down. (Huffington Post, 5/12)
Even Mild Football Head Hits Can Harm Vision
Repeated blows to the head can cause near vision to blur slightly, even if the individual impacts aren’t strong enough to cause a full-fledged concussion, a new study says. During a regular football season, about 24 college players developed a vision problem known as “near point of convergence,” even though none suffered a concussion, according to the report. (HealthDay News, 5/12)
Abstinence May Not Be Best Solution for Sheltering Teens from Online Risks
Allowing a teen to gradually develop their own coping strategies for online risks appears to be a better parenting strategy than strictly forbidding internet use. Diary entries showed that many teens routinely handle some risky situations on their own. And teens, in fact, did not see much of a difference between online risks and the risks they encounter in real-life social settings. (Psych Central, 5/13)

Parents Often Don’t Get Rid of Leftover Prescription Opioids
When children are prescribed opioid painkillers, such as Oxycontin or Percocet, for surgery or illness, about half of parents say they keep the leftover medicine on hand. Only one-third of parents said their child’s doctor had discussed what to do with leftover medicine, and when providers talked to parents about what to do with any excess drugs less parents had leftover pills in the home. (HealthDay News, 5/16)
Rare Tumor May Cause ADHD Symptoms in Some Kids
In rare cases, children diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) actually have a tumor that appears to cause symptoms similar to those of ADHD, according to a small new study. The researchers evaluated 43 children under 18 years old with rare tumors of the adrenal gland, called pheochromocytomas and paragangliomas. (Live Science, 5/17)
Middle Schoolers Exposed to Alcohol Ads Every Day
Kids as young as 11 see alcohol ads on a daily basis, through television, billboards and signs, new research shows. Black and Hispanic children were especially likely to be exposed to such ads, as were girls, the study authors added. The researchers said they fear that exposure to these ads will encourage kids to drink when they’re under age. (HealthDay News, 5/17)
Concussion Recovery Time May Take Longer for Children, Adolescents
According to study, it could take up to 2 years for young athletes to recover fully from a concussion and return to play as skillfully as those with no history of concussion. In addition, young athletes between the ages of 8-16 are not only vulnerable to concussions, but are neurologically more fragile than adults for performing tasks that require cognitive motor integration following a concussion. (Physical Therapy Products, 5/17)
Can Video Games Make Adolescents Obese?
Adolescents addicted to video games are doing more than neglecting their chores, family and friends: they could be losing sleep and developing disorders associated with obesity, according to a recently released study. Researchers found links between video game addiction and reduced sleep, and from sleep to obesity and its associated metabolic issues were found. (California State University News Center, 5/18)
Is Digital Multitasking Good for Teens?
The more time teens spend multitasking with various tech devices, the worse they tend to perform on academic tests, a small new study suggests. Overall, about 25% of the time that the participants were using technology, they were multitasking. Those who spent more time multitasking with technology performed worse on standardized tests of English and math. (Live Science, 5/18)




Summer Nutritional Program Expands for Flint Youth
The federal government is expanding a summertime nutritional program to more Flint children. Following an announcement last month of a grant increasing access to healthy foods benefits in the summer to some 16,000 kids around the country the program adds 23,000 children who may have been affected by the contamination of Flint’s water system. (Detroit News, 5/12)
U.S. Directs Public Schools to Allow Transgender Access to Restrooms
The Obama administration is planning to issue a sweeping directive telling every public school district in the country to allow transgender students to use the bathrooms that match their gender identity. The declaration, signed by Justice and Education department officials will describe what schools should do to ensure that none of their students are discriminated against. (The New York Times, 5/12)
Justices, Seeking Compromise, Return Contraception Case to Lower Courts
The Supreme Court, in an unsigned unanimous opinion, announced that it would not rule in a major case on access to contraception, and instructed lower courts to consider whether a compromise was possible. Monday’s opinion nullified decisions in appeals courts around the nation, all but one of which had upheld the accommodation. (The New York Times, 5/16)
South Carolina Bans Abortion After 19 Weeks
The South Carolina legislature on Tuesday passed a bill banning most abortions after 19 weeks of pregnancy unless the mother’s life was at risk, making it the 17th U.S. state to approve such a ban. The bill will head to Republican Governor Nikki Haley’s desk, who indicated in March that she would likely sign the legislation. (Reuters, 5/17)
Mississippi District Ordered to Desegregate Its Schools
A federal court has ordered a town in Mississippi to desegregate its high schools and middle schools, ending a five-decade legal battle over integrating black and white students. The ruling means the middle and high school programs in the Cleveland School District, in the western part of the state, will be combined for the first time in their century-long history. (The New York Times, 5/17)
New York Aims To Become The Next State To Toss The Tampon Tax
Politicians across the country are trying to make tampons and sanitary pads as affordable and accessible as possible. Five states have eliminated sales taxes on pads and tampons: New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, Maryland and Minnesota. In New York, a bill awaits the governor’s signature, and other efforts to improve access to sanitary products are underway. (Kaiser Health News, 5/18)
Soda Industry Fails to Stop San Francisco Law Targeting Sugar
San Francisco is set to become the first U.S. city to require health warnings on advertisements for soda and other sugar-added drinks after the beverage industry failed to get a court order to stop it. The law will require that billboards and other public advertisement include the language “WARNING: Drinking beverages with added sugar(s) contributes to obesity, diabetes and tooth decay.” (The Wall Street Journal, 5/18)




What’s Killing The World’s Teenagers? Road Accidents, Suicide, Floods
According to a recent report, the leading cause of death among teenagers in the U.S. is road accidents and suicide also emerges as a risk when puberty hits. In Latin America and Mexico, homicide kills the most young adults between the ages of 20 and 24, while in sub-Saharan Africa, HIV/AIDS kills the largest number. And in China, drowning tops the list of causes of teenage death. (NPR, 5/13)
AstraZeneca’s Asthma Drug Shows Positive Results
AstraZeneca PLC reported positive results from two late-stage studies on a severe asthma treatment that it hopes will grab market share in an increasingly competitive area. The U.K.-based company said the drug, called benralizumab, reduced the frequency of asthma attacks in people with a severe form of the disease. (The Wall Street Journal, 5/17)
In Developing Regions, 23 Million Adolescents at Risk of Unintended Pregnancy, Not Using Modern Contraceptives
In a report published by the Guttmacher Institute, it was found that an estimated 38 million of the 252 million adolescent women aged 15-19 in developing regions are sexually active and want to avoid pregnancy. Yet 23 million of these adolescents have an unmet need for modern contraception. (Health News Digest, 5/17)




CDC Offers Resources about Mumps Targeted to College Students and Healthcare Professionals
In response to recent outbreaks primarily affecting college campuses, CDC is offering the following new mumps resources on its mumps web page: An infographic for college students, Don’t Let Mumps Spoil Your Fun and A CDC Expert Commentary titled Would You Recognize Mumps? (CDC, 5/18)
Video Series Helps Implement Mental Health Priorities in Practice
The program Implementing Mental Health Priorities in Practice: Strategies to Engage Patients and Families, featuring six videos demonstrating examples of patient/family encounters, can help physicians start discussions about mental health needs, including depression, disruptive behavior, inattention/impulsivity, social-emotional health, substance use and suicide/self-harm. (AAP, 5/18)




National Association of School Nurses 48th Annual Conference
Register now for the 48th annual conference for the National Association of School Nurses. The conference will be taking place in Indianapolis, Indiana on June 30th through July 3rd, 2016. This conference will allow you to identify knowledge and skills needed to nurture professional growth and implement evidence-based best practices that promote the health and academic success of students. (NASN, 5/19)




Marijuana and Adolescence:  A Primer for Clinical Approaches to Marijuana Use Among Teenagers
Join NYPATH and SAHM on Monday, June 20th at 6:30pm EST for a webinar that will provide updates on modern marijuana and its epidemiology, how to use marijuana as a vehicle to discuss substance use in teens, a review of marijuana’s influence on adolescent brain development, and tools for screening and clinical interventions addressing marijuana use. (NYPATH, SAHM, 5/13)
Zika Virus: Information for Family Physicians
Join AAFP for a webinar on May 24th at 12:00pm CT that will prepare family physicians to answer questions about the virus during patient visits. It will provide up-to-date information on the virus, including its significance for pregnant women. (AAFP, 5/17)
Promoting Healthy Relationships and Responding to Adolescent Relationship Abuse
This two-part series sponsored by NYPATH, Physicians for Reproductive Health, and Futures without Violence, is designed to address adolescent relationship abuse, how it affects adolescent health, identify vulnerable communities, and develop strategies to support patients. Part 1 takes place on Friday, May 20th at 12:00pm EST and Part 2 on Friday, June 10th at 12:00pm. (NYPATH, 5/18)

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