Drinking Makes Teens’ First Sexual Experience Riskier, Less Satisfying
Researchers in a recent report, asked 228 women ages 18 to 20 about their sexual experiences and drinking habits. One-quarter of the women had been drinking at the time of their first sexual intercourse, which happened when they were 16, on average. Those who had been drinking were more likely to have had sex with someone who wasn’t a romantic partner, and with someone who also had been drinking or using drugs. (NPR, 10/16)

ADHD Meds Up Cardiac Event Risk in Long-QT Syndrome
Patients with long-QT syndrome (LQTS) treated with ADHD medications have an increased risk for cardiac events, according to a recent study.  The researchers found that over a mean follow-up of 7.9 years after initiation of ADHD medication, there was a 62 percent cumulative probability of cardiac events in the ADHD treatment group versus 28 percent in the matched LQTS control group. (Physician’s Briefing, 10/27)
Videogame Maker Says Study Shows its Game Helps Manage ADHD Symptoms
Children with ADHD show signs of improvement after playing a videogame for 30 minutes a day rather than taking a pill. Diagnoses for ADHD have risen in recent decades, and some 9.5 percent of children aged 3-17 in the United States had the condition in 2012. Children, age 8-12, in the pilot study showed improved working memory and levels of attention, and some parent ratings of symptoms also rose. (Reuters, 10/28)
Researchers Find Gene Linked to Obesity in Children, Adults
A variation in the gene for brain-derived neurotropic factor, or BDNF, may cause less of the appetite-controlling protein to be produced, playing a role in children and adults who develop obesity, according to a new study. Researchers think boosting the drug in people with the variation, found more often in black and Hispanic people than in white people, may help correct obesity-related issues connected to appetite. (UPI, 10/29)
Human Papillomavirus Vaccination Coverage Among Female Adolescents in Managed Care Plans
To determine whether the recommended HPV vaccination series is currently being administered to adolescents with health insurance, the CDC assessed data from the Healthcare Effectiveness Data and Information Set. In 2013, the median HPV vaccination coverage levels for female adolescents among commercial and Medicaid plans were only 12% and 19% respectively. (MMR, 10/30)
Doctors May Wait Too Long to Up Rx for Severe Acne
Many patients with severe acne remain on antibiotics too long before they are prescribed more effective medication, according to new research. After reviewing the medical records of 137 patients over the age of 12, patients were kept on average on antibiotics for 11 months before their doctors decided the antibiotics were not effective. Patients were then switched to isotretinoin. (Physician’s Briefing, 10/30)

Vertical Jump Could Predict Lower Body Bone Strength in Adolescents
Researchers with the University of Iowa bone development study recently reported that a simple test often used in physical education classes, the vertical jump, could predict lower body bone strength, as well as give an accurate clinical representation of muscle size, after measuring 303 adolescents. Their finding opens the door for easy to administer school-based physical fitness tests that may alert fracture risk in later life. (News Medical, 10/30)

Stress In Early Life Linked To Depression Later On
Teens who experience stressful events early in life are twice as likely to suffer from depression as adults, according to a recent study. Researchers found that this risk is associated with sensitization of brain circuits linked to processing threat and driving stress responses. There may also be a parallel to stress sensitization that diminishes the processing of rewards in the brain and ability to experience positive emotions. (Science World Report, 11/1)

Obesity More Common Among Kids With Autism, Study Finds
A new study is warning that children with autism face a heightened risk for obesity and they start packing on the pounds at much younger ages than their typically-developing peers. Among children on the spectrum ages 2 to 17, over 33% are overweight and 18% are obese, compared to 31.8% of kids in the general population that are qualified as overweight and 16% as obese. (Disability Scoop, 11/2)
Trans Youth May have Improved Access to Puberty Blockers
Puberty can be one of the worst times in a transgender or gender-nonconforming child’s life, but for these children, access to drugs that prevent puberty may be getting easier. Researchers reported on 36 patients, ages 7- 17. On average, the youths were at an early stage of puberty known as Tanner stage 3. Puberty blockers allowed those changes to be put on hold, and insurance ultimately covered the cost in 72% of cases. (Reuters, 11/2)

Teens’ Sex Talks with Parents Tied to Less Risky Behavior
Talking about sex with parents, especially moms, can influence teen behavior including condom use, according to a new review. The review included 52 studies with 25,000 teens. Teens who reported having these conversations with their parents tended to exhibit safer sex behavior and were more likely to use condoms or other contraception. The effect was strongest for girls and for teens who spoke to their moms. (Reuters, 11/2)
Screening for Adolescent Substance Use in Primary Care Setting Can Improve Intervention Efforts
In the first trial to compare different approaches to delivering substance-use and mental-health screening in primary care for adolescents, training for physicians and embedding behavioral health clinicians produced better results than usual care. The researchers said the findings suggest that embedding non-physician clinicians in primary care could be a cost-effective alternative to pediatricians providing these services. (PR Newswire, 11/2)
Hard Look at Juvenile Justice System: Motive or Intent of Adolescents Not Same as That of Adults
A study compiled after interviewing 182 inmates in Delhi’s juvenile homes reveals that for majority of them there was no premeditated reason for committing an offence, revealing that the motive or intent of the adolescents is not same as adults. The intent of adolescents is mostly driven by their unique development stage and characteristics the report, released by Delhi Commission for Protection of Child Rights, stated. (The Indian Express, 11/2)
Teens Spend More Time on Media Each Day than Sleeping, Survey Finds
A new report by Common Sense Media, a San Francisco-based non-profit that tracks children and their technology use, finds that teens age 13 to 18 spend almost nine hours a day, that’s longer than they usually sleep, on “entertainment media,” which includes things like checking out social media, music, gaming or online videos. And that’s not including time spent using media for school or homework. (USA Today, 11/3)   




CDC Committee Votes to Reconfigure Pediatric Immunization Schedule
The CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) voted to reconfigure its pediatric recommended immunization schedule to list vaccines from earliest to latest age at which each is first administered. This decision was intended to improve the readability of the schedule by aligning the routine recommendation gold bars under the age when a vaccine is first given. (AAFP, 10/28)  
Country’s ‘Top Chefs’ Take to Congress on School Lunch Standards
Tom Colicchio was one of more than 30 chefs who took to Capitol Hill to meet about the Childhood Nutrition Act, which is up for reauthorization at the end of the year. The Act was originally passed in 1966 and must be reauthorized by Congress every five years. In 2010, new nutritional standards were introduced with the law to increase the amount of fruits, vegetables and whole grains served in school cafeterias. (WTOP, 10/28)
NY to Mandate Meningitis Vaccines for 7th, 12th-Graders
The new law requires students in the seventh and 12th grades to be vaccinated against meningitis beginning next year. More than 20 states already require the shot as part of standard immunizations that also vaccines against mumps, measles, polio and other deadly diseases. The CSC says about 1,000 people get meningitis annually and up to 15 percent die. Survivors can suffer hearing loss and limb amputation. (The Wall Street Journal, 11/2)
Misinformation Fuels Fear in Omaha
Last week, a special town hall meeting in Omaha, NE, that drew more than 1,000 parents, students, and community members, devolved into shouting and shoving as misinformation fueled fear and hysterics.
As part of an ongoing effort to include the community in the process of updating its 30 year old health and sexuality education standards, Omaha Public Schools shared proposed content standards. (SIECUS, 11/4)
Trojan Ranks Top Schools for Sexual Health
In their annual survey, Trojan ranks Organ State University for the best on-campus sexual health resources of any college in the U.S. The Sexual Health Report Card ranks 140 colleges based on the quality of their student health centers, including the quality of sexual health information and resources, contraceptive and condom availability, HIV and STI testing and sexual assault programs and resources. (USA Today, 11/4)




2014 Enterovirus D68 Outbreak More Widespread Than First Thought
Canadian researchers found that the hospitalization rate among US and Canadian children infected with enterovirus D68 was 15 to 20 times higher than adults in 2014, while those younger than age 10 had a fourfold higher risk of being hospitalized than those ages 10 to 19. The findings also revealed an eightfold increase in EV-D68 cases from October to December 2014, compared with the same period in 2013. (CTV News, 10/29)
Death Rate of Kenyan HIV Positive Adolescents Rises
The mortality rate of adolescents living with HIV and Aids is on the rise, despite a general decline of the HIV prevalence rate in the country. This is according to the latest Kenya Aids Survey Indicator (Kasi) and subsequent research that has been done by different stakeholders in the health sector. In the Kasi report, about 150,000 adolescents between 10-19 years are living with HIV. (Standard Media, 10/29)
Publication of a National Sexual Health Strategy is a Welcome First Step in Ireland
Launching the strategy, Minister for Health Leo Varadkar said he wanted to remove any stigma around sexual health, promoting a more mature, open attitude to sexual wellbeing, noting a recent increase in STIs. Among the strategy’s stated goals is to raise awareness of sexual health issues and to improve education with a specific commitment to train teachers and youth workers in the promotion of sexual health. (The Irish Times, 11/2)
30 Percent of Saudi Teens are Overweight
A recent study points to the prevalence of a number of poor health behaviors among adolescents and teens in schools throughout the Kingdom, which may pose serious threats to their health, and possibly death if not attended to. Prominent issues among teens include poor nutrition and consumption of soft drinks and energy drinks causing excessive weight gain and obesity among 30% of respondents. (Sudan Vision, 11/2)




Bedsider Now Available in Spanish
Bedsider, an online birth control support network for women 18-29 operated by The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy, is now available in Spanish. Bedsider aims to help women find the method of birth control that’s right for them, learn how to use it consistently and effectively, and better manage their birth control. (Bedsider, 10/30)

Intimate Partner Violence Screening and Counseling Toolkit
The National Health Resource Center on Domestic Violence, in collaboration with the AAP, has a screening and counseling kit regarding domestic violence. Exposure to domestic violence and other adverse childhood experiences is associated with a multitude of behavioral and mental health consequences for children. AAP recognizes the importance of improving the physician’s ability to recognize IPV as well as child abuse. (Health Cares about IPV, 11/5)
KnowBullying, the Free App from SAMHSA that can Prevent Bullying
Talking with children about bullying is an important step to understanding whether bullying is affecting them. Research shows that parents and caregivers who spend at least 15 minutes a day talking with their child can build the foundation for a strong relationship and help prevent bullying. The KnowBullying mobile app can be used to help facilitate meaningful conversations about bullying anytime, anywhere. (SAMHSA, 11/5)
Advocate for Children and Youth Waiting to be Adopted from Foster Care
Approximately 107,000 children and youth in foster care are waiting for permanent, loving families. AAP’s Council on Foster Care has resources and materials to help physicians advocate for children and youth waiting to be adopted from foster care to improve the health and well-being outcomes of children and teens in foster care. (AAP, 11/5)




HITLAB Innovators Summit
The HITLAB Innovators Summit brings together leaders in public health, medicine, technology, and design to discuss health issues and solutions in a live event. The Summit offers a series of carefully curated talks, panels, and collaboration opportunities to engage the most creative minds in health and technology. Summit meetings are taking place around the globe in New York, Vancouver, Amsterdam and Accra. (HITLAB Summit, 11/4)




Quality Improvement for HPV Vaccination
The Cervical Cancer-Free Coalition held two webinars in the past two months on provider interventions to increase HPV vaccination in the US.  Quality Improvement for HPV Vaccination, as well as Understanding HPV Vaccination Successes in North Carolina are both archived and available online on CCFC’s YouTube Channel. (CCFC, 10/30)




Call for Posters for the 2016 Conference on Adolescent Health
The University of Michigan Health System’s Adolescent Health Initiative has issued a Call for Posters Abstracts for the 2016 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. Abstracts are due on December 18, 2015. (Adolescent Health Initiative, 11/4)
Nominations for the 2017 SAHM/Iris F. Litt Visiting Professor in Adolescent Health Research
The SAHM/Iris F. Litt Visiting Professor in Adolescent Health Research offers an educational experience in Adolescent Research for a group of health care providers and researchers who might not otherwise have the opportunity to benefit from the professor’s expertise. All nominations are due in to the SAHM Office by November 9, 2015. Download and complete the nomination form and submit it to Melissa Schwedel at (SAHM, 11/4)
Abstracts for the 12th National Conference for Immunization Coalitions and Partnerships
The National Conference for Immunization Coalitions and Partnerships is pleased to announce the call for abstracts for the 12th conference, “Ready. Set. Vaccinate!” The goal of the NCICP is to improve community health by enhancing the effectiveness of coalitions and partners through training in relevant coalition management and health promotion topics, as well as networking and professional development opportunities.Abstracts are due by December 11th, 2015. (Immunization Action Coalition, 11/4)

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