Last Chance to Complete the Youth Providers 2.0 Feedback Survey
This is the final week for SAHM's 2015 Youth Providers 2.0 Feedback Survey. The survey will close on November 20th. YP2.0 is hoping that individuals involved in adolescent care from every discipline will fill out a brief survey to help understand how SAHM's resources, including the website, Clinical Care Resource Guides, and the Adolescent Health News Roundup, are being utilized and how to improve them to meet the needs of SAHM members and other health and medicine providers who care for adolescents and young adults. (SAHM, 11/19)






The Nation’s High School Dropout Rate has Fallen, Study Says
The U.S. high school dropout rate has fallen, with the number of dropouts declining from 1 million in 2008 to about 750,000 in 2012, according to a new study. The number of “dropout factories,” high schools in which fewer than 60% of freshmen graduate in four years, declined significantly during the same period as well. The new dropout data aligns with similar data that the nation’s high school graduation rate has been steadily rising. (The Washington Post, 11/10)
Childhood Cancer Tied to Raised Risk for Other Ills in Adult Life
Childhood cancer survivors before the age of 20 are at increased risk for diabetes and other autoimmune diseases, a new study suggests. Follow-up of 15-19 years, 3.6% of childhood cancer survivors were treated in a hospital at least once for an autoimmune disease, and diabetes and Addison's disease accounted for nearly half of the excess cases of autoimmune diseases among childhood cancer survivors. (HealthDay News, 11/11)
Losing a Parent in Childhood May Raise Suicide Risk Decades Later
Parental death can be a devastating experience for any child, and a new study suggests it might raise a person's suicide risk well into adulthood. While the overall suicide risk was very low for both groups studied, the relative risk of suicide for people who'd lost a parent in childhood before the age of 18 was double that of those who hadn't,  (0.14% versus 0.07%, respectively) and slightly higher for boys than girls. (HealthDay News, 11/11)
Study Finds More than 2% of Children have Autism
A new survey has found a big jump in the number of children with autism, although researchers caution that the increase is likely due to the way that questions were asked. More than 2.2% of children ages 3 to 17, about one in 45, have autism, according to the CDC's National Health Interview Survey, conducted in 2014. The annual survey found autism rates of 1.25%, or one in 80 people, from 2011 to 2013. (USA Today, 11/13)
Kids' Drug-Resistant Bacteria Blamed on Farm Antibiotic Use
Children's health is suffering due to the excessive use of antibiotics in farm animals, according to a new report. Kids are becoming infected with bacteria that are resistant to treatment with the same antibiotics that are commonly used in raising farm animals, and it is difficult to treat children who are infected with the drug-resistant bacteria, the report said. (Live Science, 11/16)
Teens, Parents Share E-Cigarette Concerns, Poll Finds
Teens agree with parents that the sale of e-cigarettes should be tightly controlled, a new U.S. poll finds. More than 75% of teens aged 13 to 18 and parents believe e-cigarette use should be restricted in public areas and that the devices should carry health warnings and be taxed like regular cigarettes, according to a national survey. Currently all U.S. states except Michigan and Pennsylvania restrict e-cigarette sales to minors. (HealthDay News, 11/16)
HbA1c Control on Metformin Predicts Durable Control in T2DM
For adolescents with type 2 diabetes, hemoglobin A1c (HbA1c) after metformin monotherapy predicts the likelihood of durable glycemic control on oral therapy, according to a recent study. The HbA1c cut-off that optimally distinguished the groups was 6.3 percent, and sex-specific cut-offs were 6.3 and 5.6 percent for females and males, respectively. (Physician’s Briefing, 11/16)
Mindfulness Meditation May Improve Memory for Teens
Adolescents assigned to a mindfulness meditation program appeared to have improvements in memory in a recent study. The researchers studied middle school student, mostly female age 12-15 in three groups: mindfulness meditation, hatha yoga or a waitlist. Perceived stress and anxiety decreased in all three groups over time, and Scores increased in the mindfulness meditation group by the end of the study. (Reuters, 11/17)
How Do Young Women View the Relationship in 'Fifty Shades of Grey'?
Women's perceptions of the relationship in the popular movie Fifty Shades of Grey was examined in a study published in Journal of Women's Health to discuss healthy and unhealthy relationship dynamics, including warning signs of intimate partner violence. Young women ages 18-24 expressed mixed views, describing parts of the movie relationship as exciting and romantic and other aspects as controlling, manipulative, and emotionally abusive. (EurekAlert, 11/18)
Too Many Facebook Friends Makes Teens Stressed, Study Finds
Led by the University of Montreal, the study found that having more than 300 friends on the social networking site significantly increased adolescents’ levels of cortisol – the hormone released when you are stressed out. The study speculated that online popularity may lead to peer pressure on social media, and that  too many friends during adolescence may switch social support toward social pressure. (The Telegraph, 11/19)




A Cancer on the Rise, and the Vaccine too Late for Gen X
The vaccine given to prevent cervical cancer in women could end up saving men's lives, too. Evidence is mounting that the HPV vaccine is also effective in preventing other HPV-related cancers, including head and neck cancer. Although most people who get HPV do not develop cancer, rates of HPV-related head and neck cancers are dramatically rising for men aged 40-50, making it critical both girls and boys are vaccinated. (CNN News, 11/5)
New Poll Shows Widespread Support for Birth Control Access in the U.S.
The majority of adults in the United States—Republicans and Democrats alike—support policies that make it easier for teens and those age 18 and older to get the full range of birth control methods, according to new public opinion survey data released by The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy. The new data was released in conjunction with the 3rd annual Thanks, Birth Control Day on November 10. (KEYC 12, 11/12)
To Prevent Addiction In Adults, Help Teens Learn How To Cope
Kids who start using alcohol or marijuana at younger ages as a form of self-medication, are quickly escalating to more dangerous drugs, and may wind up using multiple substances in extreme amounts. To deal with substance abuse after the fact is a costly, impractical approach, so professionals are urging for early detection and intervention in education and health care settings using the SBIRT prevention strategy. (NPR, 11/12)
Adult Obesity Still Growing in U.S., Youth Rates Hold Steady
Although obesity rates continued to climb among U.S. adults over the past decade, they stabilized for children and teens, federal health officials reported. More than 36% of adults and 17% of America's kids were obese between 2011 and 2014, said researchers from the CDC.  Among youths aged 2 to 19, she said, 17.2 percent of children were obese in 2014, compared with 17.1 percent in 2003. (HealthDay News, 11/12)
Insurers Add 8 Million Medicaid Patients Thanks to Obamacare And GOP
The expansion of Medicaid benefits for poor Americans under the ACA and the general move away from fee-for-service medicine helped boost enrollment in private health plans by 7.8 million beneficiaries in the last year, according to a new report. Managed-care plans are providing health coverage to poor Americans thanks in part to more states opting to go along with the Medicaid expansion (Forbes, 11/15)
Syphilis, Gonorrhea, Chlamydia Rates Rising for First Time in Years
The number of cases of three key sexually transmitted diseases increased last year for the first time since 2006, concerned U.S. health officials reported. Since 2013, substantial increases were reported in rates of chlamydia (2.8%), syphilis (15%), and gonorrhea (5%). The STDs disproportionately affect young people. In 2014 patients ages of 15-24 made up almost two-thirds of reported cases of chlamydia and gonorrhea. (HealthDay News, 11/17)




Beyond ABC: Childhood Obesity Grows While Teen Pregnancies Fall in Dallas
The Beyond ABC report published by Children’s Health found the waistlines of Dallas youth are bulging, and the problem is only getting worse. The rate of obesity or being overweight increased from 40.3% in 2013 to 49.1% in 2014 among 3rd-12th graders in Dallas County. The report also found the rate of teen pregnancies among those ages 13 to 17 dropped from 29.6 per 1,000 females in 2009 to 19 per 1,000 females in 2013. (Children’s Health, 11/17)




Campaign to Boost MCV4 Second-Dose Rates
"You're not done if you give just one." That's the catchphrase of a new initiative aimed at encouraging physicians to "strongly recommend and administer the second (booster) dose of meningococcal ACWY vaccine at age 16." Several other medical groups and the CDC in signing on to a "Dear Colleague" letter promoting the campaign that the Immunization Action Coalition distributed earlier this month. (AAFP, 11/16)
Deployment and Military Medical Home Resources
Families in the uniformed services often face challenges regarding deployment situations. Parental wartime deployment can be distressing on a child, regardless of their age, and military children are at an increased risk for social, emotional and behavioral problems. The AAP provides pediatricians, both military and civilian, and other care providers with tools to address these needs for Military Family Month in November. (AAP, 11/17)




SBIRT for Youth Learning Community
Join the Institute for Research, Education and Training in Addictions on November 24th at 1:00 EST for a webinar that will focus on the NH YOUTH SBIRT initiative, which targets adolescents and young adults at primary care sites across the state. Participants will identify implementation lessons learned and strategies for reducing barriers to youth SBIRT implementation in primary care settings. (Institute for Research, Education and Training, 11/19)
Teen Health: Preventing Pregnancy & Promoting Healthy Youth
This webinar on December 8th at 3:00pm EST will explore strategies to reduce teen pregnancy and improve adolescent health, including: Colorado’s efforts to expand access to LARCs among low-income women, targeted outreach to 18 to 19 year olds, who represent the largest segment of the teens facing unintended pregnancy, and ways to improve access to reproductive health services for adolescents. (National Institute for Health Care Management, 11/19)




Adolescent Health Initiative (AHI) has issued a Call for Posters
The Adolescent Health Initiative has issued a Call for Posters for the Third Annual Conference on Adolescent Health. The 2016 Conference will take place on April 18-19, 2016, and will feature plenary and break-out sessions and a poster session for research and program implementation. Please submit the poster abstract form to Vani Patterson by December 18th at 5PM EST at (AHI, 11/19)

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