Study Builds Case for Later High School Starting Time
Teens go to sleep much later than younger children, according to a study that lends support to later start times in high schools. Researchers followed 94 children and teens for two years, to learn how their sleep habits changed as they grew older. “There are changes in sleep, even as early as middle school,” the study author, said in a news release. (HealthDay News, 11/7)
Poor Diet May Increase The Risk Of Mental Health Problems In Children
Poor diet isn’t just responsible for increased weight gain. Recent findings show that for children in particular, poor diet can even lead to mental health issues. “Our findings highlight the potential importance of the relationship between dietary patterns or quality and mental health early in the life span,” the researchers noted.  Scientists reviewed 12 studies including a total of 83,000 children and adolescents. (Science World Report, 11/7)
Obese Children Were Likely to Stay Obese Into Adolescence
Newly released research studied the factors that influenced whether an obese child became an obese adolescent. The study authors found that most obese 10th graders were overweight as fifth graders. Overweight fifth graders were more likely to become obese if they had an obese parent or watched more television than the children who did not become obese. (Daily Rx, 11/9)
Aspirin May Exacerbate Chronic Urticaria in Children
In some children with chronic spontaneous urticaria (CSU), exacerbations may be caused by hypersensitivity to aspirin, according to research published in Allergy. Researchers studied 81 children with a history of CSU. “Nearly a quarter of children and adolescents with CSU were hypersensitive to aspirin,” the authors write. (Physician’s Briefing, 11/10)
Can Video Game Play Help Young Minds Learn?
Action video games like “Call of Duty” can teach young adults new skills while also improving the way the skills are learned, new research suggests. It’s not clear how the improved learning abilities may translate to life outside of screen and joystick. And don’t get too excited, gamers: There’s also no evidence that endless playing of video games is a good idea. (HealthDay News, 11/10)
Minority Kids May Be Missed in Autism Diagnoses: Study
Black and Hispanic students are less likely to be identified as having autism than white students, a new study reveals. Researchers analyzed autism identification rates at schools across the U.S. between 2000 and 2007. Rate increases among black and Hispanic students were much smaller than among whites, according to the study in the Journal of Special Education. (HealthDay News, 11/10)
States With High HPV-Vaccine Rates Have Less Cancer
States that have the lowest vaccination rates for HPV also have the highest rates of cervical cancer and deaths from the disease, a study shows. HPV vaccination rates vary widely state to state, as do cancer incidence and mortality, so a team of researchers analyzed the data to see how closely the two trends tracked. Their study shows that HPV vaccination was lower among girls living in states with higher cervical cancer mortality rates and vice versa. (Time, 11/11)
‘One size fits all’ approach to treatment may put anxious teenagers’ future at risk
Teenagers with anxiety problems need more targeted treatment aimed specifically at adolescent issues for the best chance of a symptom-free future, says a new study. Researchers found that anxious teenagers experience very different and more severe symptoms to that of younger children - but often both age groups receive similar treatment. (Medical Xpress, 11/11)
Moderate Consumption of Sugary Drinks Has Little Impact on Adolescents’ Metabolic Health, MU Study Finds
Researchers have found that short-term, moderate consumption of high-fructose and high-glucose beverages has little impact on the metabolic health of weight-stable, physically active adolescents. “These beverages may not be as unhealthy for adolescents as previously thought, provided that kids stay active,” said the study author. (Health Canal, 11/12)
The disturbing ways that fast food chains disproportionately target black kids
It’s disturbing is just how far fast food companies will go to target kids from groups already more likely to suffer from obesity – including the poor, rural Americans and black Americans. In a new study, researchers found that fast food chains in predominantly black neighborhoods were more than 60 percent more likely to advertise to children than in predominantly white neighborhoods. (The Washington Post, 11/12)
The Risk Of Brain Injuries Shifts As Children Grow Up
The way children get hurt, and in particular their heads, evolves as they grow up and their forms of motion change. Small children suffer head injuries from falling, while teenagers are at risk from car accidents, assaults and sports injuries, according to a new paper. The authors analyzed data from 43,000 children admitted to emergency rooms for blunt force head trauma between 2004 and 2006. (NPR, 11/12)
Exposure to tobacco smoke and roadway air pollution leads to obesity development in kids
A new study has revealed that exposure to tobacco smoke and near-roadway air pollution contributes to the development of obesity. The research showed increased weight gain during adolescence in children exposed to secondhand tobacco smoke or near-roadway air pollution, compared to children with no exposure to either of these air pollutants. (Business Standard, 11/13)
ADHD Stimulant Drug Abuse Common Among Young Adults: Survey
Nearly one in every five college students abuses prescription stimulants, according to a new survey. The survey also found that one in seven non-students of similar age also report abusing stimulant medications. Young adults aged 18 to 25 report using the drugs to help them stay awake, study or improve their work or school performance. The most commonly abused stimulants are those typically prescribed for ADHD. (HealthDay News, 11/13)                                        



Federal Goal Is to Vaccinate 80% of Boys and Girls Against HPV by 2020
Public-health officials are pushing for higher HPV vaccination rates amid growing evidence that cancers linked to the virus are afflicting more men. The National Cancer Institute announced it is pouring nearly $2.7 million into 18 U.S. cancer centers to boost HPV vaccinations among boys and girls. The cancer centers will work with local health clinics to set recommendations for vaccinating against the STI. (Wall Street Journal, 11/10)
Vaccine spray may not work against swine flu in kids
The nasal spray version of the flu vaccine apparently did not protect young children against swine flu last winter and might not work again this year, according to health officials. Preliminary results from three studies found that AstraZeneca’s FluMist had little or no effect in children against swine flu. As this year’s version is the same, the CDC said it’s possible the spray vaccine won’t work for swine flu this season, either. (The Washington Post, 11/10)
New Guidance on HIPAA Privacy during Emergencies
In light of the treatment of Ebola patients and other events, the HHS Office for Civil Rights has issued new guidance on sharing patient information under the HIPAA Privacy rule during emergency situations. The guidance also is meant to “serve as a reminder that the protections of the Privacy Rule are not set aside during an emergency,” OCR cautions. (Health Data Management, 11/10)
U.S. releases low 2015 Obamacare enrollment forecast
The U.S. administration dramatically cut expectations for 2015 Obamacare enrollment, saying between 9 million and 9.9 million people will enroll in private health plans, compared with a Congressional Budget Office forecast of 13 million. The change resulted in part from 112,000 people losing coverage because of unresolved application issues involving their citizenship or immigration status. (Reuters, 11/10)
McConnell pressed to repeal ObamaCare with budget move
Conservatives in Washington are adamant that Senate Republicans should pass a full repeal of the healthcare law next year, even if it means a certain veto from President Obama. With Senate Democrats likely to filibuster any stand-alone repeal bill, conservatives say incoming Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) should use a procedural maneuver known as reconciliation to muscle through a bill with 51 votes. (The Hill, 11/10)
Obamacare Subsidies Will Be Lower Saving Taxpayers Money
The cost of the insurance plan used to measure Obamacare subsidies for low-income consumers is falling, meaning taxpayers are expected to save money. Premiums for the second-lowest-cost silver plan -- out of platinum, gold, silver and bronze -- will fall 0.2 percent on average next year in cities in 47 states and Washington, D.C., examined by the Kaiser Family Foundation, a health research group. (Bloomberg, 11/11)
Politicians, Teens and Birth Control
Here’s a story of utter irresponsibility: About one-third of American girls become pregnant as teenagers. But it’s not just a story of heedless girls and boys who don’t take precautions. This is also a tale of national irresponsibility and political irresponsibility — of us as a country failing our kids by refusing to invest in comprehensive sex education and birth control because we, too, don’t plan ahead. (New York Times, 11/12)
How AIDS Changed the History of Sex Education
It was September of 1986 when U.S. Surgeon General C. Everett Koop announced that the country had to change course on sex education. By then, however, the change had already begun. In the 1980s, even before Koop spoke out, fear of the then-mysterious disease AIDS gave parents, educators, politicians and students a reason to put aside their sqeamishness — and thus changed the history of sex ed forever.  (Time, 11/12)
Young Smokers Put Millions at Risk, CDC Says
Over one in five high school students use tobacco products, and unless rates drop significantly, 5.6 million young people under age 17 will die early from a smoking-related illness, according to a report from the CDC. Among young people who use tobacco products, over 90% are using nicotine vectors like cigarettes, cigars, hookahs, and pipes. The vast majority of smokers try their first cigarette by the time they turn 18. (Time, 11/13)
Kids on Medicaid not receiving screening exams, OIG says
Millions of low-income children are failing to get the free preventive exams and screenings guaranteed by Medicaid and the Obama administration is not doing enough to fix the problem, according to the HHS Office of Inspector General. The report says the administration has boosted rates of participation but needs to do more to ensure that children get the regular wellness exams, dental checkups and vision and hearing tests. (Healthcare Finance,11/13)
E-Cigarette Use by Teens Rising
A new government study indicates a sharp rise in the use of electronic cigarettes by adolescents, a trend officials at the CDC said they found alarming due to the possible adverse effects of nicotine on the developing brain. The percentage of high-school students who said they had used an e-cigarette within the last 30 days jumped to 4.5% in a 2013 CDC survey, up from 2.8% in 2012. (Wall Street Journal, 11/13)   



Anaemia epidemic: we are neglecting adolescent girls’ nutrition
As we approach the 2015 deadline for the millennium development goals and pull out all the stops toward their achievement, it is right to note the tremendous progress the world has made in improving nutrition. But we are not doing enough to reach a critical demographic: adolescent girls. The problem is that we don’t have enough data on the damage malnutrition causes in adolescent girls, nor the multifaceted strategies needed for addressing that damage. (The Guardian, 11/10)
Poor Lifestyles See Indian Teens Fall Prey To Ovarian Disorders
A sedentary lifestyle, bad food habits and obesity are some of the leading causes of PCOS among Indian teenagers, with an estimated 10-30 percent adolescent girls being affected by it, health experts say. “There is a strong association of obesity and PCOS, especially when it happens around adolescence. The incidence of PCOS is rising and lifestyle changes, nutrition and dietary factors play a large role in this,” Ranjana Sharma, senior consultant - gynaecology, told IANS. (Silicon India News, 11/11)



Tweet Chat for #NationalRuralHealthDay
Thursday, November 20th is National Rural Health Day. To celebrate, Provide (@provide_access) will be hosting a Tweet Chat from 1-2 pm Eastern, Nov. 20. We will be highlighting the intersections between rural health care and abortion access.
“Bridging the Hearts and Minds of Youth” Mindfulness Conference
Registration is now open for the 4th annual mindfulness and compassion in clinical practice, education, and research conference.  The conference will be held from February 27 to March 1, 2015 in San Diego, CA.  The Bridging Conference has a history of bringing together leaders in the field and this year those experts will focus on sharing what is being done already and where there is promise and possibility for the future.
Academic Pediatric Association 5th Annual QI Research Conference
The Academic Pediatric Association will hold its 5th annual quality improvement research conference April 24, 2015, in San Diego, CA. The conference is funded in part by AHRQ. The deadline for abstract submission is January 6, 2015. (AHRQ, 11/13)



Obesity and Interventions for Weight Management in Children and Adolescents
The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force has posted a draft research plan on screening for obesity and interventions for weight management in children and adolescents. The draft Research Plan is available for review and public comment from October 23 to November 19, 2014. (AHRQ, 11/7)
Notice of Intent: Dissemination of PCOR through CDS (U19)
The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality has published a Notice of Intent to Publish a Request for Applications (RFA) to Disseminate Patient-Centered Outcomes Research through Clinical Decision Support (U19). This Notice is being provided to allow potential applicants sufficient time to develop meaningful collaborations and responsive projects ahead of the anticipated winter 2014-2015 publication of the RFA. (AHRQ, 11/13)
Adolescent Depression Quality Measures Posted for Public Comment
The AHRQ-Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Children’s Health Insurance Program Reauthorization Act (CHIPRA) Center of Excellence National Collaborative for Innovation in Quality Measurement (NCINQ) has posted two proposed adolescent depression management measures for public comment: Adolescent Depression Monitoring and Adolescent Depression Remission/Response. The deadline for comment is November 18, 2014. (AHRQ, 11/13)
2015 Conference on Adolescent Health call for poster abstracts
The Adolescent Health Initiative has issued a Call for Poster Abstracts for its 2015 Conference on Adolescent Health. Researchers, those who have created and implemented an innovative program, and/or professionals or students with an innovative approach or solution to a problem in adolescent health are welcome to submit an abstract for review.  The deadline to submit a poster abstract is December 12, 2014 at 5:00pm.  Submissions should be done via email to

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