Helio: Adolescents likely to use expedited partner therapy for STIs (Nov 14)
More than three-quarters of adolescents report acceptance of expedited partner therapy, according to recent study findings published in Sexually Transmitted Diseases.
Popular Science: Do Their Teenaged Brains Make Adolescents More Likely To Commit Crimes? (Nov 15)
Why are teens so prone to risk-taking compared to either their childhood or adult selves? Younger kids don’t have the same propensity for risk-taking, though their brains are also developing. As a pair of researchers told a meeting of the Society for Neuroscience this week, it might be that teenagers’ brains have to work harder to keep their impulses in check, making them react more impulsively in threatening situations.
Think Progress: Researchers Are Alarmed By The Low Rates Of HPV Vaccination Among Girls In The South (Nov 15)
Compared to every other geographical region in the U.S., the HPV vaccination rates in Southern states are disproportionately low, according to a new study on the topic. Researchers are particularly alarmed by that finding because the South also has a disproportionately high rate of cervical cancer — the disease that can be directly caused by the transmission of HPV.
News Medical: Study finds consistent sleep pattern can reduce risk of illness among adolescents (Nov 15)
Newly released findings from Bradley Hospital published in the Journal of Sleep Research have found that acute illnesses, such as colds, flu, and gastroenteritis were more common among healthy adolescents who got less sleep at night. Additionally, the regularity of teens' sleep schedules was found to impact their health.
News Fix: Yelling doesn’t help, may harm adolescents, Pitt-Led study finds (Nov 16)
Most parents who yell at their adolescent children wouldn’t dream of physically punishing their teens. Yet their use of harsh verbal discipline—defined as shouting, cursing, or using insults—may be just as detrimental to the long-term well-being of adolescents.
News Fix: UI researchers: Bracing is effective in adolescents with idiopathic scoliosis (Nov 17)
A multi-center study led by University of Iowa researchers to determine whether wearing back braces would prevent the need for spinal correction surgery in children with adolescent idiopathic scoliosis (AIS) was cut short when early results were overwhelmingly in favor of bracing.
Health Day: Bedroom TV, Video Games Linked to Less Sleep in Boys With Autism (Nov 18)
Exposure to television and video games could play a role in the sleep problems of children with autism, new research suggests. Boys with the neurodevelopmental disorder who have TVs and game consoles in their bedrooms get less sleep than other boys with equal screen access, the study authors found.
Medical Xpress: Elite female athletes' health risk (Nov 18)
Young female athletes representing South Australia in aesthetics sports such as gymnastics are putting their health at risk due to calcium and iron deficiencies, a Flinders University study has found.
Los Angeles Times: Multiple military deployments in families may raise teen suicide risk (Nov 18)
Teenagers with family members in the military were more likely to contemplate suicide if their relatives were deployed overseas multiple times, according to researchers from USC.
Health Day: Giving CPR for More Than 30 Minutes May Be Worth It (Nov 18)
Experts agree that after someone's heart stops, the sooner CPR is started the better the chances of survival. And now Japanese researchers report that continuing CPR for a half hour or more may help more victims survive with good brain function.
EurekAlert: Most teen mental health problems go untreated (Nov 18)
More than half of adolescents with psychiatric disorders receive no treatment of any sort, says a new study. When treatment does occur, the providers are rarely mental health specialists, says the study, which was based on a survey of more than 10,000 American teenagers.
Think Progress: American Teens Are Ditching Cigarettes For ‘Modern’ Tobacco Alternatives (Nov 18)
Despite a small decline in the number of American youth smoking cigarettes, an increasing number of middle and high-school students are turning to tobacco alternatives such as hookahs, electronic cigarettes, and cigar products like flavored “little cigars,” according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).
Health: College Students Feel Pull of Cigarette Ads, Study Finds (Nov 18)
The influence of just one cigarette ad can last for seven days and increases the risk of smoking among college students, according to a new study. Over three weeks, 134 students, aged 18 to 24, in Pittsburgh documented their exposure to cigarettes ads and other pro-smoking media messages. This included seeing positive depictions of smoking in movies, for example, the researchers noted.
Huffington Post: More Than Half Of Teens With Mental Health Problems Aren't Getting Treatment: Study (Nov 18)
More than half of teens with psychiatric disorders go untreated, with treatment rates for some conditions being lower than others, according to a new study. And among teens with psychiatric disorders who do receive treatment, the health care providers are not often mental health specialists, but rather school counselors, pediatricians and probation officers,
Medical Xpress: Study finds youth prefer and benefit more from rapid point-of-care HIV testing (Nov 19)
Youth prefer, accept and receive HIV results more often when offered rapid finger prick or saliva swab tests rather than traditional blood tests according to a study by researchers at St. Michael's Hospital.
PR Newswire: Severe Obesity in Teenage Years Increases Risk of Serious Health Problems as Adults (Nov 19)
From abnormal kidney function to difficulty walking and diabetes, severely obese adults who were obese as teenagers have greater risk of developing numerous harmful health conditions. Published online today in the journal Pediatrics, this national, multicenter study links health risks later in life to weight status in adolescence.
News Medical: Adolescents who drink alone have more alcohol problems (Nov 19)
Most teenagers who drink alcohol do so with their friends in social settings, but a new study by researchers at Carnegie Mellon University and the University of Pittsburgh reveals that a significant number of adolescents consume alcohol while they are alone.
Science Daily: Media Coverage of HPV Vaccine Boosts Reports of Adverse Effects (Nov 19)
To determine if there was a connection between media coverage and reported vaccine side effects, the researchers compared the number of adverse effects reported for the HPV vaccine Gardasil® with the number of adverse events reported for Menactra®.
CBS News: Kids less physically fit than parents were at their age (Nov 20)
If today's kids were to race their parents when they were children, chances are their parents would win, according to new research. Researchers analyzed 50 fitness studies that were conducted between 1964 and 2010, and found today's kids run slower and have less endurance than their past counterparts.
BBC (UK): Concussion damage 'lasts months' (Nov 20)
The damage caused by concussion can be detected months after the injury and long after patients feel like they have recovered, brain scans show. Concussion has become highly controversial in sport, with concerns raised that players are putting their brain at risk. Researchers at the University of New Mexico said athletes may be being returned to action too quickly.
Medical Daily: Casual Sex In Teens Linked To Depression, Suicide: How 'Hooking Up' Can Lead To Mental Health Issues Later (Nov 20)
Poor mental health and casual sex contribute to each other over time among teen and young adults, a new study published in the Journal of Sex finds. Researchers at Ohio State University found that teens who showed symptoms of being depressed were more likely than others to have casual sex. It also discovered an inverse correlation: that those who had casual sex were more likely to be depressed later on.
EurekAlert: High HIV knowledge and risky sexual behavior not associated with HIV testing in young adolescents (Nov 20)
Having high knowledge about HIV and engaging in risky sexual activity do not make high-school-aged teens more likely to get tested for HIV. The study of nearly 1,000 Bronx, NY teens found those most likely to be tested for HIV had strong partner communication about HIV and were in committed relationships.
Bangor Daily News (ME): Teen athletes more prone to drink, less likely to use drugs (Nov 21)
Participating in sports may have many benefits, but it also raises the chances adolescents will abuse alcohol, according to a new review of the evidence by Canadian researchers. They analyzed 17 past studies and also found most showed that kids who participate in sports are less likely to use illicit drugs other than marijuana.
New Zealand Herald: Youth suicide: Web-based therapy could be the breakthrough (Nov 21)
New web-based therapy programmes aimed at teenagers could be the breakthrough in curbing the country's alarming youth suicide rate, a researcher says. She was studying the effects of new online web-based therapy programmes, and said they showed "promising results''.
CDC MMWR: CDC Health Disparities and Inequalities Report —United States, 2013 (Nov 22)
In 2011, CDC presented the first Health Disparities and Inequalities Report, which assessed disparities across a wide range of diseases, behavioral risk factors, environmental exposures, social determinants, and health-care access. This is the second health disparities report. It provides new data for 19 of the topics published in 2011 and presents 10 new topics.              



Digital Journal: #SOMEONELIKEME: A Global Conversation About Sex, Sexual Health and a World Free from HIV (Nov 15)
Monday 11thNovember 2013: Reckitt Benckiser's power brand Durex partners with the MTV Staying Alive Foundation to launch 'Someone Like Me', a global campaign for young people to revolutionise their own sex education and, ultimately, to take action to help shape a world free from HIV.
Reuters: Princeton plans to offer imported vaccine to stop meningitis outbreak (Nov 18)
Princeton University said on Monday it planned to offer students and faculty a meningitis vaccine approved for use in Europe and Australia but not yet in the United States, in an effort to stop an outbreak of meningitis on its Ivy League campus.
Newsday: New Push by Doctors to Limit Antibiotic Use in Kids (Nov 18)
American children get too many unnecessary antibiotic prescriptions for upper respiratory infections, a medical group says. Now the AAP is urging both providers and parents to take steps to ensure that antibiotics are used only when truly needed.
Fox News: Spicy snack foods sending children to the emergency room, experts claim (Nov 18)
The manufacturers of Flamin’ Hot Cheetos may jokingly tout their product as being “dangerously cheesy,” but some doctors argue that the slogan may not be an exaggeration.
News Fix: Sex Trafficking and Exploitation of Minors Serious Problems in the U.S., and Stronger Prevention and Response Efforts Are Needed; Exploited Youth Should Be Treated as Victims, Not Criminals (Nov 20)
Commercial sexual exploitation and sex trafficking of minors are serious problems in the US with long-term adverse consequences for children and society as a whole, and federal agencies should work with state and local partners to raise awareness of these issues and train professionals who work with youths to recognize and assist those who are victimized or at risk, says a new report from the Institute of Medicine and the National Research Council.
Washington Post: CDC report card: Good, bad marks on target battles (Nov 21)
About three years ago, the nation’s top public health agency picked its battles. Now, it’s issuing its own report card on reaching those goals: Pretty good but needs improvement. The seven “winnable battles” singled out by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention set goals for 2015, such as cutting adult smoking to 17 percent and pushing childhood obesity down to about 15 percent.



Baltimore Sun (MD): Maryland to add cancer warning to parental consent form for indoor tanning (Nov 15)
A form parents must sign before their children use indoor tanning devices will warn that the practice can cause skin cancer and possibly death under a new policy state health officials adopted Friday.
NBC Los Angeles (CA): Signature Collection Approved for Abortion Initiative (Nov 15)
Backers of an initiative to require doctors to notify parents when a minor seeks to have an abortion received permission to begin gathering signatures from Secretary of State Debra Bowen this week.
Hawaii News Now (HI): Pono Choices sex ed course concerns some parents (Nov 15)
The UH Center on Disability Studies created Pono Choices, a teen pregnancy and Sexually Transmitted Infection prevention curriculum. "It is aligned with the DOE standards and policies, and it really actually is encouraging abstinence as the guaranteed way of not getting pregnant or contracting an STI," said Center statistician Tammy Tom.
Spencer Daily Reporter (IA): Identifying, preventing adolescent depression (Nov 16)
By age 18, approximately 11 percent of adolescents have a depressive disorder according to the National Comorbidity Survey-Adolescent Supplement and the National Institute of Mental Health.
CBS News: Supreme Court allows Texas to keep enforcing abortion restrictions (Nov 19)
A sharply divided Supreme Court on Tuesday allowed Texas to continue enforcing abortion restrictions that opponents say have led more than a third of the state's clinics to stop providing abortions.
The Republican (MA): Massachusetts legislative committee readies sex education bill (Nov 20)
A legislative committee is prepared to release a sex education bill Wednesday afternoon, though it’s unclear whether House leaders plan to bring the proposal to the floor for a vote on the final day of formal sessions for 2013.
New York Times: Albuquerque Voters Defeat Anti-Abortion Measure (Nov 20)
Voters here on Tuesday defeated a ballot question that sought to ban abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy, delivering a critical setback to an anti-abortion movement that had sought to use this progressive city to recalibrate the national debate around women’s reproductive rights.



All Africa: Kenya: Government Urged to Involve Youth in Reproductive Health (Nov 15)
Governments have been challenged to involve youths in reproductive health because they increasingly bear the brunt of unintended pregnancy and maternal deaths. In Kenya, youths form the bulk of population and at least 30 per cent of the work force.
Daily Mail (UK): Doctors call for end to state-funded 'designer vaginas' after huge rise in procedures 'driven by online porn' (Nov 15)
In the past decade, cases of genital cosmetic surgery have risen five-fold and more than 2,000 women are now having the procedure on the NHS each year. Over the past five years more than 250 such procedures were performed on girls under the age of 14, NHS figures show.
Health India (India): Adolescents need vaccination to bring down premature births (Nov 15)
There is a need for the government to concentrate on providing adolescent immunisation and healthcare if it wants to bring down the child mortality rate in the country, child specialists said on Saturday. Adolescents are teenagers between 13 to 19 years old.
BBC: PM rejects call to lower age of consent to 15 (Nov 17)
The prime minister has rejected a call from a leading expert on public health to lower the age of consent to 15. Faculty of Public Health president Prof John Ashton said society had to accept that about a third of all boys and girls were having sex at 14 or 15.
            Daily Mail: Age of consent should be lowered to 15, says Britain's top public health expert (Nov 17)
All Africa: Adolescent Pregnancy-a Hindrance to Harnessing the Development Potential of Young People in Ghana (Nov 18)
Unfortunately, majority of adolescents in Ghana lack access to appropriate and adequate information on reproductive health issues to assist them in managing their health and development. Among some Ghanaian societies, mentioning of the word 'sex' only is itself a taboo.
Radio New Zealand: Govt urged to take action on unplanned pregnancies (Nov 18)
Parliament's health select committee is urging the Government to take action to lower New Zealand's high rate of unplanned and teenage pregnancies. It is one of a number of recommendations the committee has made in a report released on Monday about improving health outcomes for children.
Healio: Senate votes to extend PEPFAR (Nov 18)
he US Senate unanimously passed legislation to extend the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief, known as PEPFAR, for 5 more years. The legislation extends authorization for Congress to fund PEPFAR, but also calls for expanded reporting on prevention, care and treatment, and for efforts to target coinfection with HIV and tuberculosis.
4-Traders: PCORI Issues Report on Methodological Best Practices in Patient-Centered Outcomes Research (Nov 18)
The Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) today issued its revised PCORI Methodology Reportwhich offers minimal requirements for following best practices in the conduct of scientifically valid patient-centered outcomes research (PCOR).
3 News (New Zealand): Calls for more sexual violence education (Nov 19)
New Zealand's leading sexual violence prevention groups believe the Government should make such education mandatory in high schools. Under the current framework, each high school is allowed to set its own curriculum, including for sexual education. School Boards of Trustees do this in consultation with communities.
Khabar South Asia: Underage marriage still a scourge in India (Nov 20)
According to the National Family Health Survey (NFHS-3) of the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare Government of India 2005-2006, 47.3% of women 20-24 were married by 18. Of those, 2.6% were married before 13, 22.6% were married by 16 and 44.5% were married by 17.
Tuoi Tre News (Vietnam): HIV rates too high among Asia-Pacific adolescents: UNICEF (Nov 20)
An estimated 58,000 (17 percent) adolescents (10-19 years old) were diagnosed with HIV out of the total 350,000 people newly infected with the virus across Asia-Pacific in 2012, the United Nations International Children's Emergency Fund (UNICEF) stated on Tuesday in a press release.
All Africa: Kenya: Teenagers May Be Allowed to Have HIV Test (Nov 21)
A new HIV-Aids policy wants children from age 16 be allowed to access HIV testing without seeking permission from parents and guardians. The policy launched yesterday aims at reducing the spread of HIV, which was declared a national disaster in 1999.





Time: Anorexia is Contagious, and I Wanted to Catch It (Nov 15)
I believe that so many young women want to be anorexic because our society has communicated not the horrible consequences of eating disorders, but what might seem to be the benefits of them, namely, that they make you skinny and special.
Common Health: Why A Sex Therapist Worries About Teens Viewing Internet Porn (Nov 15)
I can think of plenty of good uses for pornography. I’ve seen it help some of my patients, enrich their lives. But I see a sexual and relational train wreck happening, and I need to speak out. Parents and policy-makers, beware: Something very bad is happening out there with teenagers and pornography.
Washington Times (DC): Sex education reform — do it for Ryan White (Nov 17)
Diagnosed with hemophilia as a newborn in December 1971, Ryan underwent blood transfusions to stay alive and 13 years later learned he had contracted HIV from contaminated blood.
Female First (UK): Doctors need training on eating disorders (Nov 17)
Lives are being lost because Britain’s GPs are not trained well enough in recognising the psychiatric symptoms which result in eating disorders, such as Anorexia and bulimia, says the charity Anorexia and Bulimia Care (ABC).
Washington Post: Why was this high school student losing weight and feeling so sick? (Nov 18)
Dorsey Davidge felt her thrumming anxiety burst into barely controlled panic as she watched her 14-year-old daughter Cate Chapin struggle to get from her bedroom to the bathroom. During the last week of January, the eighth-grader contracted what appeared to be a bad case of the flu. After a week, a doctor decided she had pneumonia, a diagnosis that was later changed to a possible infectious disease.
Huffington Post: Teen Sexual Violence: What the Media Is Missing (Nov 18)
We need journalists to re-frame the tone and questions that guide their reporting. By fixating on sexting instead of what these teens are truly doing, which is "sexual assaultexting," the media detracts from the fact that these boys are choosing to sexually assault another person and then shame them through social media.
Independent Record (MT): Column: HPV shots help give your kids a healthier future (Nov 18)
As health officer, I often get questions from friends and relatives about health issues. Lately one question has really puzzled me: “Should I get my preteen child vaccinated against HPV?” My advice is, of course!
Health Day: 'The Pill' Tied to Raised Risk of Glaucoma (Nov 18)
Taking birth control pills for more than three years may increase a woman's risk of developing the eye disease glaucoma, a new study suggests. The findings are from an investigation involving more than 3,400 women aged 40 and older who took part in the U.S. National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey between 2005 and 2008.
            Think Progress: No, Birth Control Pills Will Not Make You Go Blind (Nov 18)
Washington Post: If a patient knowingly endangers himself, can a doctor deny him medical tests? (Nov 18)
Saying “no” to a patient is a right a doctor has when a test or treatment is unnecessary or likely to cause harm. But what about saying no if you decide the patient doesn’t deserve it, because he or she made a bad choice? It’s an uncomfortable question but also a realistic one.
Emax Health: Doctors, Improve Your Relationships With Your Patients (Nov 20)
Research shows patients are happiest when they have good relationships with their doctors, and clearly any such good relationship only becomes possible when doctors are sensitive to the feelings of their patients and offer them the opportunity to take an active role in their own health care management.
Huffington Post: The No. 1 Killer of Teens in the U.S. (Nov 21)
There is a growing epidemic in America that is taking the lives of our young people. It's in most of our homes and it can easily be obtained from a friend or doctor. Prescription drug abuse is real problem among teens and young adults that gets bigger every year.
Huffington Post: U.S. Colleges and Universities Deserve an 'A' for Going Tobacco-Free (Nov 21)
The Great American Smokeout (GASO), sponsored by the American Cancer Society, encourages smokers to quit for a day and plan to quit smoking for good. This year, celebrating GASO also involves recognizing the growing leadership of our nation's colleges and universities in making campuses smoke- or tobacco-free.
The Daily Cougar (TX): Guest column: Latino community needs to open the dialogue on sexual health (Nov 21)
Parents attempt to shield their children by not educating them about the realities of the world. They can be so overwhelmed with the daily functions of caring for their children that they neglect to teach and guide them.



CDC: 2012 School Health Profiles (Profiles) Results Released
The School Health Profiles (Profiles) is a system of surveys assessing school health policies and practices in states, large urban school districts, territories, and tribal governments. Profiles surveys are conducted every 2 years by education and health agencies among middle and high school principals and lead health education teachers.



PR Web: American Academy of Pediatrics Expands Strategic Product Development Partnership with Silverchair (Nov 18)
AAP announced today that it is expanding its strategic partnership with Silverchair Information Systems to develop a consolidated Pediatric Point-­of-­Care Library that brings together the most valued pediatric reference resources from the AAP into a single, integrated point-­of-­care solution 
Office of Adolescent Health: Our Picks November 2013 (Nov 20)
This November, the Office of Adolescent Health (OAH) identifies important resources for adolescents’ health from across the federal government.  See the resources below for new ways of keeping up-to-date on adolescent health and preventing substance abuse, as well as information on the Health Insurance Marketplace and protecting youth online and in the case of “real world” disasters.
CDC: National Influenza Vaccination Week
National Influenza Vaccination Week (NIVW) is a national observance that was established to highlight the importance of continuing influenza vaccination. NIVW is December 8-14, 2013. NIVW 2013 resources will be posted as they become available.

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