Medical examiner: Girl’s death not caused by HPV vaccination

The HPV vaccine did not cause or contribute to the death of a 12-year-old Waukesha girl whose mother found her unresponsive in their home on July 30, the Waukesha County medical examiner said.  Diphenhydramine intoxication — ingestion of a lethal level of an antihistamine — caused the death of Meredith Prohaska, though the manner of death is undetermined. (Milwaukee-Wisconsin Journal Seninel, 10/22)





Teens Still Sending Naked Pictures Via Cellphone
A large number of American teens continue to send and receive sexual images on their cellphones -- a practice dubbed sexting, according to a new study. Researchers surveyed undergraduate college students about their experiences with sexting in high school. Of those who received a sext message, nearly one in five forwarded the photo to another person, according to the study published in Computers in Human Behavior. (HealthDay News, 10/16)
Mentoring kids in poverty helps lower their health risks: study
African American adolescents growing up in conditions of worsening poverty are more likely than other kids to have risk factors for chronic illnesses - but strong emotional support from caretakers seems to offset the effects of the stressful environmental, researchers found. “That level of emotional support from that social network completely protected those young people from having any biological changes,” said the lead author.  (Reuters, 10/16)
Eating breakfast reduces cravings, overeating
A small study finds when late-teen girls eat breakfast, it raises levels of a chemical in the brain’s reward center that may help them stop craving sweet foods and overeating during the rest of the day. “It used to be that nearly 100% of American adults, kids and teens were eating breakfast,” Prof. Leidy says, “but over the last 50 years, we have seen a decrease in eating frequency and an increase in obesity.” (Medical News Today, 10/16)
Children From Poor Households More Likely to Suffer From Post-Tonsillectomy Complications
In a new study, researchers found that post-tonsillectomy those children from lower-income families are more likely to suffer from complications. This is the first study that analyzes the post-operative complication that requires doctors to visit within the initial 14 days after the surgery. The researchers were surprised to see a significant disparity that was based on income status, ethnicity and race. (Science World Report, 10/16)
Family Acceptance Key to Curbing Teen Suicides, Study Shows
Family rejection could be potentially deadly for teens already at risk for suicide, a new study has found.  When teens were followed six months after discharge from a psychiatric unit for attempting suicide, the majority of boys and girls reported feeling family or peer “invalidation” at the time of discharge. (HealthDay News, 10/17)
Study: Teens buy fewer sugary drinks if informed they’d have to walk five miles to burn off the calories
According to a new study, teens were less likely to buy sugary drinks after seeing such signs signs–saying how far they’d have to walk to burn off the calories. Results published in the American Journal of Public Health showed teens chose healthier options, bought lower calorie drinks or opted for a smaller size of the sugary beverage after seeing the signs, and that the impact lasted. (Washington Post, 10/18)
Watching movie sex and violence may desensitize parents: study
Parents may get so accustomed to seeing sex and violence in movies and television that they end up lowering their standards for what kids are allowed to watch, a new report suggests. In a new study, parents who watched several clips of movie violence in succession became desensitized over time, and they relaxed their standards for what they would allow their children to see. (Reuters, 10/20)
Dutch Guidelines Do Not Cut Incidence of Group B Strep
Dutch guidelines, implemented in 1999, do not appear to be effective for reducing the incidence of invasive group B streptococcal disease in newborns, according to a study published in The Lancet Infectious Diseases. Researchers conducted a nationwide surveillance study using data from the Netherlands Reference Laboratory for Bacterial Meningitis for 1987 to 2011. (Physician’s Briefing, 10/20)
Vaccines Were Not Tied to Multiple Sclerosis
A recent study found no definite link between any of the vaccines and central nervous system diseases — and no reason to stop giving vaccinations. The authors found no association between hepatitis B vaccines and MS-like diseases. “Our findings do not warrant any change in vaccine policy,” the authors concluded. (Daily Rx, 10/20)
Sustained Benefit for Parental Tobacco Control Program
Practices that are part of a parental tobacco control intervention have higher rates of delivering tobacco control assistance to parents over a one-year follow-up period, according to a new study. Researchers conducted a cluster randomized trial of 20 pediatric practices. Practices were randomized to the intervention, which provided training so that they could give evidence-based assistance for parents who smoke. (Physician’s Briefing, 10/20)
ACG: Yoga May Benefit Kids With Inflammatory Bowel Disease
A formal yoga program may be beneficial for pediatric patients newly diagnosed with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), according to a study presented at the annual meeting of the American College of Gastroenterology. Researchers examined the role of yoga in a patients aged 11 to 17 years newly diagnosed with IBD. (Physician’s Briefing, 10/20)
Studies: Parents set bad examples for driving teens
Parents often subscribe to a “do as I say, not as I do” mentality. But studies show parents are unknowingly sabotaging their teen drivers by not practicing what they preach.  Studies have shown teens witness parents texting while driving, talking on cellphones, drinking and driving, and not wearing seat belts. (USA Today, 10/20)
Better Ways to Teach Teens to Drive
It’s one of the most dreaded rites of child-rearing—teaching a teenager to drive. In the first study of what actually happens during practice sessions, researchers placed video equipment in 50 parents’ cars during supervised driving. They found much of parents’ instruction focused on vehicle handling, the study says. Parents’ instruction tapered off after teens learned basic vehicle-handling skills. (The Wall Street Journal, 10/21)
Effects of Drinking on Blood Pressure Varied in Young Adults
A new study found that the effect of drinking on high blood pressure in young people may depend on their gender. A research team looked at the effect of alcohol consumption on the risk of hypertension in young people. For men, binge drinking in their 20s was tied to an increased risk for hypertension, the researchers found. In young women, light to moderate drinking in their 20s was tied to a reduced risk for hypertension. (Daily Rx, 10/21)
Marijuana: Occasional Cannabis Use in Teenagers Has ‘No Relationship’ with IQ or Exam Results
There is no connection between occasional adolescent cannabis use in adolescents and IQ or exam results, a large UK-based study has found. The study showed cannabis use was highly correlated with other behaviours such as drinking alcohol, smoking cigarettes or participating in other drug use. (International Business Times, 10/21)
Music therapy reduces depression in children and adolescents
Researchers have discovered that music therapy reduces depression in children and adolescents with behavioral and emotional problems. The researchers in partnership with the Northern Ireland Music Therapy Trust, found that children who received music therapy had significantly improved self-esteem and significantly reduced depression compared with those who received treatment without music therapy. (Medical Xpress, 10/22)

More research, regulation needed on energy drinks: study
A new review of the existing evidence suggests that energy drinks may represent a looming public health threat in Europe, especially for kids and young adults. The main health risks from energy drinks come from very high caffeine levels and a higher likelihood of consuming alcohol and tobacco with the drinks, as well as engaging in other risky behaviors, the study team says in the journal Frontiers in Public Health. (Reuters, 10/22)
Teenage self-harm linked to problems in later life
Researchers ollected data from 4,799 adolescents as part of Children of the 90s - one of the world’s largest population studies - to examine the outcomes of self-harm for the first time. The research paper, published online in the BMJ, reveals that almost a fifth (19 per cent) of 16-year-olds who took part in the study had a history of self-harm and most had not sought help from health professionals. (Health Canal, 10/22)
Genetics underpin bullying victimisation influence on paranoia
Bullying victimisation in childhood may indicate genetic risk for later psychosis, rather than being an environmental trigger, say UK researchers. The team’s study of 4826 twin pairs revealed that bullying victimisation was most strongly, although only modestly, associated with paranoia in adolescence, but that this association was “explained almost in its entirety by shared genetic influences.”  (News Medical, 10/22)
Taking a ‘Selfie’ May Help With Dermatology Care
While in-office visits may still be best, virtual analysis may be a valuable option in atopic dermatitis care, according to a new study published online in JAMA Dermatology. The study found that e-mailing pics of atopic dermatitis lesions to physicians works nearly as well as in-person visits.  Researchers ran the study which included 156 adults and children with atopic dermatitis. (Physician’s Briefing, 10/23)
Two days later: Adolescents’ conflicts with family spill over to school, vice versa
Family conflict and problems at school tend to occur together on the same day. A new study has found that these problems spill over in both directions for up to two days after. The study found that teens with more pronounced mental health symptoms, anxiety and depression, for example, are at risk for intensified spillover. The study followed over a hundred 13 to 17 year olds and their parents over a 14-day period. (Medical Xpress, 10/23)
Teens whose parents exert more psychological control have trouble with closeness, independence
A new longitudinal study has found one reason adolescents struggle with balancing autonomy and closeness in relationships: parents’ psychological control. Teens whose parents exerted more psychological control over them when they were 13 had more problems establishing friendships and romantic relationships that balanced closeness and independence, both in adolescence and into early adulthood. (Medical Xpress, 10/23)         
Australian-born parents more likely to supply their teens with alcohol
A study has found that Australian-born parents living in areas with a high number of bottle shops are the most likely to buy alcohol for their teenage children. The study of more than 10,000 Victorian secondary students aged 12 to 17 years looked at whether living near alcohol outlets influenced parental supply of alcohol to teenagers and if there were differences between Australian-born and migrant parents. (Medical Xpress, 10/23)
Kids’ Poor Decision-Making May Predict Teen Issues
A new study suggests a display of poor decision making during primary school increases the risk of interpersonal and behavioral difficulties during adolescence. However, experts view decision-making as a skill and something that can be taught during youth. Researchers found that when a 10 or 11 year-old shows poor judgment, the potential for high-risk health behavior in their teen years escalates. (Psych-Central, 10/23)
Blue-light blocking glasses may help sleep after screen time
The blue glow from televisions and other screens suppresses natural mechanisms that help us fall asleep at night, but blocking just the blue wavelength may restore normal nighttime sleepiness, according to a new study. Teen boys who used digital devices while wearing the glasses every evening for a week felt markedly more relaxed and sleepy at bedtime than when they just wore clear glasses, researchers found. (Reuters, 10/23)



Helping homeless adolescents
Scott Harpin, PhD, rarely hears back from the young people he works with at the Urban Peak shelter. And maybe that is a good thing. “If they’re not going back to the shelter, we hope that their situation has improved, and maybe that means success,” said Harpin. Harpin’s research focuses on the health outcomes of vulnerable adolescent and young adult populations.  (Health Canal, 10/17)
Volume of Patient-to-Doc E-mails Up From 2001 to 2010 
From 2001 to 2010 the volume of patient-to-physician electronic messages increased, but the rate per-capita stabilized, according to research published in the October issue of Health Affairs. Researchers examined the volume of messages in a large academic health system’s patient portal from 2001 to 2010. Data were used to examine trends in secure e-mail messaging between patients and physicians. (Physician’s Briefing, 10/17)
Medicaid, CHIP enrollment up by nearly 9 million
Medicaid enrollment has surged between October 2013 and the end of this August, rising by nearly 9 million overall. That has boosted total enrollment in the Medicaid program by 14.7 percent. Data from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services showed enrollment in Medicaid and the CHIP stood at 67.9 million at the end of last August, with 27.8 million children enrolled in both programs. (Fierce Health Finance, 10/20)
Feds Warn Schools On Bullying Of Kids With Disabilities
In response to an increasing number of complaints, federal officials are reminding schools of their responsibilities to ensure that students with disabilities are not subjected to bullying. The U.S. Department of Education said in a letter to educators that schools are obligated under federal law to step in immediately when bullying of students with disabilities is suspected and act to halt attacks and prevent any recurrence. (Disability Scoop, 10/21)
‘Parents are Key’ to success of National Teen Driver Safety Week, CDC says
This is National Teen Driver Safety Week, and the CDC hopes its “Parents are Key” campaign will help parents encourage safe driving habits. Among the tools for parents on the CDC’s website: a “Parent-Teen Driving Agreement,” designed to be posted on refrigerators and serve as a daily safety reminder. On the CDC site, parents can also learn about common danger zones and state driving laws. (Reuters, 10/22)
Child poverty in U.S. is at highest point in 20 years, report finds
Child poverty in America is at its highest point in 20 years, putting millions of children at increased risk of injuries, infant mortality, and premature death, according to a report published in JAMA Pediatrics. The analysis says 25% of children don’t have enough food to eat and 7 million kids don’t have health insurance. Five children die daily by firearms, and one dies every seven hours from abuse or neglect. (Los Angeles Times, 10/22)




Namibia: One in Four Girls Is Violated - UNICEF
Nearly one in four adolescent girls experience some form of physical violence according to a recent report issued by UNICEF. The report incorporates a selection of global data released throughout the past year, detailing the very real impact violence has on adolescent girls, their future and that of their communities and countries. (All Africa, 10/17)
UN official calls for focus on girls’ empowerment
Every girl, no matter where she is born, should have a chance to reach her potential, said UNFPA’s Executive Director Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin. This year, on the International Day of the Girl Child, UNFPA advocated empowering adolescent girls to end the cycle of violence. (Times of Oman, 10/18)
A dose of wellness for the differently abled
Identifying the need to improve their physical wellbeing, the Federal Bank set up a multi-gymnasium at the Vocational Higher Secondary School for the Deaf at Jagathy as part of their Corporate Social Responsibility initiative. It was inaugurated by District Collector Biju Prabhakar here on Saturday. (The Hindu, 10/19)
Drug-resistant tuberculosis at crisis levels, warns WHO
Multi drug-resistant tuberculosis remains at crisis levels, with about 480,000 new cases this year, and various forms of lung disease killed about 1.5 million people in 2013, the WHO said. In recent years, the emergence of multi drug-resistant TB has posed an increasing global health threat. (Reuters, 10/22)
UAE expert urges parent to keep an eye on children’s mental health
Taking care of your children’s mental health is as important as their physical health. This is the opinion of Dr Fareeha Amber Saqiq, who is a child and adolescent psychiatrist. She said parents should help their children to develop a positive mental attitude, which will support their development into adulthood and minimise the effect of later problems.  (The National, 10/22)


Athletic Trainers’ Group Advises Heart Tests for Young Athletes
Young athletes should undergo heart screening before they play competitive sports, according to new guidelines released by the National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA). The goal of the guidelines for secondary schools is to prevent sudden cardiac arrest in athletes. Sudden cardiac arrest is often caused by an undetected structural abnormality of the heart, according to a NATA news release. (HealthDay News, 10/17)


Cannabis use during adolescence: an interview with Dr. Edmund Silins
This interview with Dr. Edmund Silins, a researcher with an interest in cannabis and health issues relevant to young people, explores the impact of cannabis use during adolescence and his recent research on the topic. (News Medical, 10/20)
Raising HPV vaccine rates among adolescent patients 
The new AAP online course, “Adolescent Immunization Rates: Strongly Recommending the HPV Vaccine,” helps pediatricians increase their adolescent HPV immunization rates through information and strategies to effectively educate families and address concerns. The course takes one hour and qualifies for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s). Save 10% with code AICS. (AAP SmartBrief, 10/20)
Screening for Syphilis Infection in Nonpregnant Adolescents and Adults
The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force has posted a final research plan on screening for syphilis infection in nonpregnant adolescents and adults. The final research plan reflects input received during the public comment period, which lasted from June 26-July 23, 2014. (AHRQ, 10/21)


2nd International Conference on Academic Detailing November 13-14 in Boston
The National Resource Center for Academic Detailing’s 2nd International Conference on Academic Detailing will be held November 13-14 in Boston. The conference is supported by an AHRQ grant and will explore how educational outreach to physicians, nurses and other professionals can improve patient care and outcomes. Registration is open. (AHRQ, 10/21)
Save the Date: 2015 TeamSTEPPS National Conference on June 16-18
Mark your calendar for the 2015 TeamSTEPPS National Conference on June 16-18 in Denver. Registration and hotel information is forthcoming. Those interested in presenting a poster or participating as a presenter at the conference should fill out the Call for Proposals Submission Form and email it to AHRQ TeamSTEPPS by December 1.  (AHRQ, 10/21)


Tech This Out: Using Technology to Improve Health 
Don’t know much about technology? Think you have to be an IT person to set up an app? In part one of this three part series, two CATCH grantees, Lawrence Lipana, MD, and Katie Malbon, MD, will explain the “whys” behind using smart phone apps and texting technology and share how it helped them to reach and engage patients.  This webinar will be held on October 28, 12:30 p.m. EDT. Register now. (AAP SmartBrief, 10/21)
October 22 Webinar to Highlight Top Performers on CAHPS Clinician & Group Survey
AHRQ is hosting a webinar on October 22 from 1 to 2 p.m. ET to present success stories from medical practices that have scored in the 90th percentile across all core measures of the Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (CAHPS) Clinician & Group Survey. Top-performing medical practices will share how they have improved patient experience in the areas of access to care and information, communication with providers and interactions with office staff. Registration is open. For comments or questions, contact the CAHPS Help Line via email or phone, 1-800-492-9261. (AHRQ, 10/21)
Register Now: October 23 Webinar To Introduce Registry of Patient Registries
AHRQ is hosting a webinar October 23 from 1 to 2 p.m. ET to introduce the Registry of Patient Registries (RoPR). Presenters will describe the rationale for the RoPR system and provide step-by-step instructions on listing a registry and searching for registries. RoPR is an AHRQ-sponsored repository for information about patient registries to support research collaborations, reduce redundancies and improve transparency in observational clinical research. To register for the webinar, contact the RoPR project team. (AHRQ, 10/21)


NASPAG Call For Abstracts
The 2015 Abstract Committee invites you to submit your written or video abstract in Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology for presentation at the 29th NASPAG ACRM, even if you have presented it at another meeting! Original research, unique case reports/series, and encore presentations of selected outstanding works will be considered. Abstracts pertinent to the field of pediatric and adolescent gynecology will be considered for either an oral presentation or a poster presentation. Both research and case reports/case series will be considered. Submissions are due on Friday, October 31, 2014 at 11:59 p.m. EDT.


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