Juvenile Justice Information Exchange: Top Researchers Say More Must Be Done to Address Child Sex Trafficking in United States (Oct 4)
Despite federal law recognizing child prostitutes as sex trafficking victims, many states are still treating commercially sexually exploited young people as criminals. A new report, released by the National Research Council and Institute of Medicine, calls for changes to how state and federal agencies address the commercial sexual exploitation of children.
Nature World News: Social Networking Sites Promoting Eating Disorders (Oct 5)
Experts say that social media forces teen girls into adopting unhealthy eating habits that often lead to eating disorders. A latest fad among teen girls is the thigh gap. The impossible weight loss goal is to become so thin that there is a gap between the thighs even when the feet are together. Apparently, the wider the gap is the sexier is the person.
New Medical: USPSTF finds insufficient evidence for hypertension screening in children, adolescents (Oct 7)
The USPSTF found insufficient evidence to recommend for or against routine screening for primary hypertension in asymptomatic children and adolescents. Hypertension in children and adolescents has increased over the past several decades, which may be attributable to the climb in childhood overweight and obesity rates.
NPR: For Boys With Eating Disorders, Finding Treatment Can Be Hard (Oct 7)
Eating disorders are commonly thought to be a problem for girls and women, but an estimated 10 million American men have an eating disorder at some point in their lives, according to the National Eating Disorders Association. Psychologists and psychiatrists who treat eating disorders say those numbers are on the rise. The condition can be life-threatening.
Honolulu Star Advertiser (HI): Shutdown virtually halts CDC flu surveillance (Oct 7)
As the government shutdown moves into its second week, there’s virtually no activity in the federal labs in Atlanta where, each fall, researchers test thousands of samples of flu virus. As the season of coughs, sneezes and sniffles kicks into gear, boxes of samples sent from across the country to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will pile up in storage facilities. Consequently, CDC officials say, outbreaks could go unnoticed
Huffington Post: Latino Bullying: The Unspoken Epidemic (Oct 9)
There is nothing more tragic than being abused on a daily basis simply because of who you are, and with October being National Bully Prevention Month, there is no better time to educate and raise awareness to prevent bullying in our local communities.
Time: The Need for Better Obesity Education–In Medical Schools (Oct 10)
When it comes to the obesity epidemic, it’s not just patients, but doctors who need an education. In a perspective published in the New England Journal of Medicine, researchers argue that part of the blame for the obesity epidemic lies with physicians – more specifically, the way doctors are trained.
Think Progress: Most U.S. Women Are Misinformed About Birth Control, Don’t Know The Best Way To Prevent Pregnancy (Oct 10)
The majority of U.S. women are misinformed about birth control’s effectiveness, according to a new survey conducted by the American College of Nurse Midwives. Just one in five women were able to correctly identify the most effective form of contraception that’s currently available, and most of the participants said they didn’t feel very knowledgeable about their different birth control options.
New York Review of Books: The Shame of Our Prisons: New Evidence (Oct 24 issue)
As recently as five years ago, American corrections officials almost uniformly denied that rape in prison was a widespread problem. When we at Just Detention International—an organization aimed at preventing the sexual abuse of inmates—recounted stories of people we knew who had been raped in prison, we were told either that these men and women were exceptional cases, or simply that they were liars. But all this has changed.



Huffington Post: California Passes Law Protecting Homeless Teens (Oct 3)
California officials are no longer required to report homeless teens to law enforcement thanks to a bill that was signed into law on Wednesday. The bill, AB 652, aims to change a pattern of homeless teens avoiding shelters, schools and healthcare out of fear they will be reported to child services and forced to return to unsupportive homes. The law will go into effect January 1.
Austin Chronicle: Reproductive health care for young Texas women is limited, costly ... or nonexistent (Oct 4)
When Vo turned 18, she aged out of CHIP but, by then a young student at the University of Texas, was able to transition smoothly into what was then the Women’s Health Program: a federally backed health program for women of child-bearing age who would not otherwise be eligible for subsidized health care unless pregnant
Portland Business Journal (OR): Sex ed? UO’s ‘SexPositive’ is the app for that (Oct 4)
A sex education app developed by the University of Oregon for its students is now available for free through the Apple iTunes store. The app, SexPositive, provides discreet advice for folks college-age or older regarding sexual activity and prevention of sexually transmitted diseases, said Keith Van Norman, a spokesman for the University of Oregon’s student health center.
Omaha World Herald (NE): Nebraska Supreme Court rejects foster child’s abortion request (Oct 5)
The Nebraska Supreme Court on Friday refused a 16-year-old foster child’s request to get an abortion without parental consent. The court majority ruled that the girl, identified only as Anonymous 5, was not mature enough to make the decision herself. But two judges, in a dissent, said Nebraska law leaves the girl without an avenue to get an abortion.

RH Reality Check: In Denying a 16-Year-Old Judicial Bypass, Nebraska Supreme Court Creates Ban on Abortions for Minors in State Custody (Oct 6)
Mother Jones: Nebraska Court Decides 16-Year-Old Is Too Immature for an Abortion, But Motherhood’s Okay (Oct 8)

GoLocalWorcester Contributor (MA): MA Medical Society Urges Stricter Regulation of E-Cigarettes (Oct 7)
The Massachusetts Medical Society voiced its support for a proposed law to significantly increase regulation of e-cigarettes in Massachusetts. Dr. Louis Fazen, testifying on behalf of the organization before the Massachusetts’ legislature’s Joint Committee on Public Health, warned of the addictiveness of e-cigarettes and that the current lack of knowledge about the products makes it impossible to deem them safe.
The Oklahoman (OK): Oklahoma Board of Health approves abortion paperwork updates (Oct 8)
Effective Nov. 1, parents of minor girls seeking abortions in Oklahoma will have to provide proof that they’re the parents of the pregnant girls. The board also voted to create a form that a doctor performing an emergency abortion must complete.
Juvenile Justice Information Exchange: Mental Health, Other Experts Weigh in on Illinois DJJ (Oct 8)
he Illinois Department of Juvenile Justice and the American Civil Liberties Union have four months to review expert reports on the IDJJ’s psychological and mental health, educational, and safety and welfare services, and then draw up plans to address numerous systemic deficiencies identified by the experts in those areas.
Local 15 NBC (AL): New Take on Sex Education in Schools (Oct 8)
According to the Mobile County Health Department, Mobile County has one of the highest teen birth rates in the state, and health officials have taken a unique approach to reducing teen birth rates in Mobile.
The Daily Campus (CT): My Sex Doctor: A new app for sex education (Oct 8)
No other app has ever coined the motto, “To Change Sex Education Forever!” until now. “My Sex Doctor” is an app that offers comprehensive sex education in easy-to-read English. It is meant to be a useful tool in aiding the learning process of young people. It’s like a sex education course in the palm of your hand.
New York Times: California Expands Availability of Abortions (Oct 9)
Gov. Jerry Brown on Wednesday expanded access to abortion in California, signing a bill to allow nurse practitioners, midwives and physician assistants to perform a common type of the procedure, an aspiration abortion, during the first trimester.

The Boston Globe (MA): Notre Dame Academy confronts the issue of body image (Oct 10)
Kjerstin Gruys looked out at a sea of teenage girls at Hingham’s Notre Dame Academy and made a simple request: Describe a girl that is perfect. The answers came timidly at first, but soon started to erupt from the audience…up popped a giant image of Barbie on the projector screen. Gruys had a question for the girls: Would you want to be friends with Barbie? The unanimous answer was “no.”

Watertown Daily Times (NY): Children’s Clinic closure impacts patients, staff, community (Oct 10)
The clinic serves 10,000 women, infants and children through WIC in Jefferson, Lewis, St. Lawrence and Franklin counties, 3,000 pediatric patients, 6,000 dental patients, 850 patients in the adult clinic, and 2,500 children through school-based health centers in the Watertown City and South Jefferson Central school districts. With all of those services combined, the clinic had a total of nearly 80,000 visits throughout 2012.




Mail & Guardian (South Africa): Concourt slaps down ‘unconstitutional’ sections of Sexual Offences Act (Oct 3)
The Constitutional Court on Thursday struck down two sections of the Sexual Offences and Related Matters Amendment Act that made it illegal for adolescents to engage in consensual sexual acts, including kissing and hugging. The state earlier argued it had a right to prevent teenagers from having sex by criminalising the act but child’s rights groups argued that the law did more harm to children than good, and that there were other ways to encourage healthy sexual behaviours.

The Sunday Independent (South Africa): Families must tackle issue of adolescent sex (Oct 6)
Mail & Guardian (South Africa): Concourt ruling against ‘teen sex’ law protects rape survivors’ rights (Oct 10)

Vancouver Sun (Canada): Teens with cerebral palsy face uncertain transition into adulthood (Oct 4)
The health care system has not kept up with these children as they become young adults, with adult interests in such things as jobs and relationships. At age 18, they must transition to the adult health care system and find, on their own, a new team of support workers and doctors — or not. Provincial government funding for children with disabilities, the At Home Program, is simultaneously cut off.
Republica (Nepal): For the empowerment of adolescents in Nepal (Oct 4)
On behalf of the 6.4 million adolescent population of Nepal, 23.8 per cent of whom are still living under the poverty line, two adolescents Kamala Pariyar and Pradip Pokharel presented the synopsis of the roundtable discussion between adolescents from across the nation and policy makers of our country during a program celebrating the 2nd International Day of the Girl Child (IDGC).
The Chronicle Herald (Canada): Strait school board finally OKs distribution of sexual health handbook (Oct 4)
Students attending Strait regional school board schools now have copies of a sex-health pamphlet denied to them almost 10 years ago. “We made a unanimous decision Wednesday night because, after the request came from (the Guysborough Antigonish Strait Health Authority), we came to believe it’s about the safety of our students.
The Himalayan Times (Nepal): Action plan to address adolescents’ issues (Oct 6)     
National Planning Commission (NPC) has recently launched a ‘National Action Plan for the Overall Development of Adolescent’ to address the issues they struggle to cope with. The adolescent boys and girls face difficulties due to the various physical, emotional, cognitive changes they undergo during this period.       
Times of India (India): Mental health programme for students in Malappuram (Oct 7)
Following reports from schools across the district that mental health issues have been seriously affecting the academic standard of students, the district panchayat, in association with the education department and district health administration is all set to launch a mental health programme for school students here.
Havana Times (Cuba): Sexual Education in Cuba (Oct 9)
We could well say that we have no sexual education in Cuba, that the thinking surrounding this issue continues to be medieval, for it has yet to place itself in step with the times and, like all taboos, all we can continue to expect is for sex-related issues to be swept under the carpet.
Health (India): Why have adolescent suicides gone up by four times in the last twenty years? (Oct 9)
In an increasingly connected world, the boundary between the real and the virtual is blurring. Mental health experts say this is a key reason for rising cases of depression among youngsters, driving some to suicide.
Tri-Cities Now (Canada): Vaccinations urged for kids (Oct 9)
Parents can ensure their children are protected from harmful diseases by taking advantage of regular schoolbased immunization clinics getting underway this fall, according to a joint press release issued Tuesday by the BC Centre for Disease Control and Immunize BC. The organizations are urging parents to review their child’s immunization record and keep vaccination schedules up to date.
Toronto Star (Canada): Sex education in Ontario schools outdated, teachers say (Oct 10)
Ontario now has the most outdated sex education and health curriculum in the country — and if the government doesn’t soon implement a revised course of study, an entire wave of teens will have graduated from high school learning from materials created 15 years ago, says a group of educators pushing the government to make changes.

CTV News (Canada): Crowdfunding campaign aims to change sex-ed in Ontario (Oct 10)

3 News (New Zealand): Sexual health services to go rural (Oct 10)
Improving access to sexual health services for young people in rural areas is one of the key aims of a new initiative about to be launched by Family Planning. Family Planning, a sexual health service with more than 30 clinics across the country, will open its first national contact centre in mid-November.
Independent (Ireland): 20% ‘suffer mental ill-health’ (Oct 10)
One in five young adults experience mental disorder and are more likely to be involved in substance abuse, a new report has revealed. The study from the Royal College of Surgeons (RCSI) also found that Irish teens and young adults may have higher rates of mental ill-health than their peers in Europe and the United States.
Northamptonshire Telegraph (UK): New unit opening for young people with mental health problems (Oct 10)
Northamptonshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust (NHFT) announced the opening of the High Dependency Unit ahead of World Mental Health Day on Thursday, October 10. Young people with complex mental health needs in Northamptonshire will soon be able to get their treatment without having to travel out of county.




PR Web: Study Sheds Light On Association Between Adolescents’ Anxiety and Depressive Symptoms (Oct 4)
The School of Nursing of The Hong Kong Polytechnic University and Christian Family Service Centre have jointly conducted a large-scale study on the family life, physical and emotional health of high school students. The study found that 12% out of the 11,335 students interviewed have experienced moderate level of anxiety in the two weeks prior to the survey, and 5.7% experienced frequent severe anxiety in the same period of time.
Psych Central: Brief Group Therapy Can Improve Teen Mental Health (Oct 5)
A study of British youth found that two 90-minute group therapy sessions reduced the incidence of mental health issues by 25 to 33 percent. Notably, the positive benefits extended for over two years after the sessions.
Med City News: Researchers find measurable predictors of eating disorder recovery (Oct 5)
Inherent to the challenge of treating an eating disorder is figuring out at what point a treatment has actually worked. In making such a determination, clinical judgment is about the only tool a doctor has. Relapse rates are startlingly high. Now new research from Stanford has begun to pin down more concrete barometers of long-term recovery, physical and mental signs that could indicate whether a patient is ready to end treatment or perhaps might require more.
Medical Xpress: Parents play a role in teen eating disorders, study finds (Oct 6)
The ways parents or caregivers interact with children around mealtimes can have unintended consequences, according to a new report in the Journal of Adolescent Health. The study found that teenagers’ negative attitudes toward eating—or eating psychopathology—may result from their perceptions of their parents’ attitudes about food.

Huff Post Live (Video): How To Talk To Kids About Obesity (Oct 7)

NPR: Many Teens Admit To Coercing Others Into Sex (Oct 8)
Almost 1 in 10 high school and college-aged people have forced someone into sexual activity against his or her will, a study finds. The majority of those who have done it think that the victim is at least partly to blame. The results come from a multiyear study funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that was designed to look for the roots of adult sexual violence. Most adult perpetrators say they first preyed on another while still in their teens.

Think Progress: Five Important Takeaways From A New National Study On U.S. Teens And Sexual Violence (Oct 8)
RH Reality Check: New Study Finds Alarming Rate of Sexual Coercion Among Teens, Young Adults (Oct 9)           

CBS: Kids may be highly influenced by athletes’ endorsement of unhealthy foods (Oct 8)
It’s hard to watch any sporting event without seeing a commercial featuring a star athlete such as Peyton Manning or LeBron James. Now, a study published on Oct. 7 in Pediatrics shows that a lot of the foods they are promoting are unhealthy, concerning pediatricians because adolescents are among their primary viewers.

NBC: If star athletes sell junk food -- is your kid more likely to eat it? (Oct 10)

CBS (TX): Are Anti-Bullying Programs Having An Opposite Effect? (Oct 8)
A lot of schools spend countless hours trying to stop bullying. But some question if they are sending the right message. It started as a simple look at bullying. University of Texas at Arlington criminologist Seokjin Jeong analyzed data collected from 7,000 students from all 50 states. He thought the results would be predictable and would show that anti-bullying programs curb bullying. Instead — he found the opposite.
Medical Xpress: Unaccompanied teens often unable to get needed vaccines (Oct 9)
Health care providers report that older teens often go to the doctor without a parent or guardian, a new survey in the Journal of Adolescent Health reveals—and those teens may not get necessary vaccinations because there’s no parent or guardian present to give consent.

Houston Chronicle (TX): UT study: early puberty tied to higher substance use throughout adolescence (Oct 8)                                  
A study on teens and puberty “reveals that teens for whom puberty begins early and who have rapid pubertal development are at greater risk for experimenting with cigarettes, alcohol and marijuana. The study examined how an adolescent’s perceived physical pubertal development (early, on-time or late compared with peers of the same age) is associated with the use of cigarettes, alcohol or marijuana. 





PR Newswire: It Takes a Village: Mental Health Screening of Adolescents in Today’s Digital Age Can Lead to Healthier and Happier Teens (Oct 4)
The old African proverb, “It takes a village to raise a child,” seems to ring just as true today as ever before in an era of constant media exposure and hurried schedules. Sexting, cyberbullying, and even Internet gaming on top of crammed schedules and dwindling time for family togetherness is a recipe for high-anxiety that if left unchecked, can lead to depression in adolescents.
health-e (South Africa): Opinion: Empower Youth for Sexual and Reproductive Rights (Oct 4)
Nearly half the world’s population is under the age of 25. The largest-ever generation of young people, these three billion people are our future and our present. Each has a role to play in driving economic and social development, and shaping history – if they can access the tools they need to take charge of their futures.
Policy Mic: The Controversial Way To Fight Child Obesity That Parents Hate (Oct 4)
Finally, schools are getting involved and sending out letters letting parents know when their child’s BMI is in an unhealthy range. It’s about time. Nineteen states, including Maine, Alaska, and California are sending out these missives that have been dubbed “Fat Letters.” It’s a great way to deal with a problem that has been in desperate need of attention and, yet, people are outraged. Why? Stigma.
New York Times: The Long, Long Wait For Mental Health Care (Oct 5)
“When It Comes to Mental Health Coverage, a Long Line of Patients Is Still Waiting” (Sept. 29) highlights what is sadly a pervasive barrier to recovery for mentally ill children and adolescents. In our emergency program for youth in psychiatric crisis, we commonly see young people who are suicidal, psychotic, dangerously aggressive, traumatized or deeply depressed.
The Post & Courier (SC): Why is the state fooling around with sex education? (Oct 6)
The biggest revelation is that the school district has a Health Advisory Committee. Why? Well, because South Carolina requires all school districts to set up a committee of volunteers to review and recommend curriculum for all sex education classes.
The Nation: No Country for Young Women: America’s War on Girls’ Bodies (Oct 7)
There’s no easy answer as to why some judges in the United States would rather force a teenager to have a baby than allow her to have an abortion. It’s clearly not about logic. It’s not about the best interest of the state, or what’s best for the girl herself. Yet over and again abortion policies dictate that we ignore common sense—not to mention basic decency—and mandate that girls carry pregnancies they don’t want.
Toronto Star (Canada): We are failing young Canadians on mental health (Oct 7)
While child and youth mental health has received much well-deserved attention in recent years, Ontario and the rest of Canada continue to struggle with the untenable reality that Canada has a two-tier system of care for children and youth needing mental health services.
Edmonton Journal (Canada): Wait! Does Christian-based sex-ed belong in public schools? (Oct 7)
The Edmonton Pregnancy Care Centre describes itself as a Christian mission working on Edmonton’s “front lines.” The centre is part of Care Net, a Virginia-based pro-life movement. In 2006, a U.S. Congressional investigation found Care Net provided women with alarmist, inaccurate information about abortion’s risks. In Edmonton, the centre counsels women considering abortion. But since 2006, it has also taught sexual abstinence programs in our public schools. Only this fall did some parents start an online petition in protest.
Boston Globe (MA): Mayoral hopefuls must pay more attention (Oct 9)
The Boston mayoral candidates have talked about a great many things, often at great length, in this year’s campaign. And yet, on one important topic, the two finalists have shied away from a full and frank public discussion: Teenage sexual activity and its attendant problems.
Huffington Post (UK): Is Our Children’s Mental Health Worse Than Ours? If So - Why? (Oct 9)
Under a headline: Children as young as five suffering from depression, The Daily Telegraph Newspaper recently declared that the National Institute of Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) reported 80,000 children in the UK with severe depression, including 8,000 below the age of 10. Might it be more relevant that the UK currently has one of the highest divorce rates in Europe?
The National Student: Sex education is failing, says teen book author (Oct 9)
PSHE teacher turned author James Dawson has spent time talking to teenagers about sex, as part of the research for his newly released non-fiction book Being A Boy. Here he discusses his findings, and why current sex education is failing, with TNS.
Think Progress: Five Ways The Government Shutdown Is Threatening Our Health And Safety (Oct 9)
The current government shutdown is stretching into its second week, and it’s already one of the longest and largest in history. It’s cost us an estimated $1.6 billion so far — and it could also be costing us our health and safety. Here are five reasons that the shutdown represents a public health threat to millions of Americans.

Think Progress: One Cancer Patient’s Message To The Lawmakers Who Shut Down The Government: ‘Lives Are At Stake’ (Oct 7)
Think Progress: Despite The Government Shutdown, NIH Is Admitting A Few Desperately Ill Patients (Oct 10)

Ravalli Republic (MT): Viewpoint: Title X prevents parents from being involved in health care decisions (Oct 10)
“Leave your morality at the door!” was the demand given me by some after the I stood by my “no” vote turning down the federal grant called Title X for “family planning.” Really, is that what the majority of citizens want from those elected to lead our governing bodies? No morality?
Huffington Post: You Talk to Your Kids About Safe Sex... What About Safe Relationships? (Oct 10)
I know how important it is to talk about safe sex, but what about safe relationships? October is domestic violence awareness month, and while February is officially teen dating violence awareness month, we should not wait for a specific month to have this conversation with our kids. We should be having it routinely! As an ER doctor, I can tell you teen dating violence is a bigger problem than you might realize.
New York Times Well Blog: Fat and Thin Find Common Ground (Oct 10)
When binge eating disorder gained legitimacy as a full-fledged mental condition in the latest edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders in May, many people in the eating disorders and obesity communities wondered: Will this inspire us to finally get along? It was a good question, since historically, the two groups have been at odds.



Geek Wire: Sex, drugs and Facebook: Seattle Children’s social media research team takes on teen health (Oct 4)
Dr. Megan Moreno, an adolescent pediatrician and a researcher at the Seattle Children’s Research Institute, leads a team that’s conducted more studies on social media and teen health than anyone — more than 30 studies in six years. This week she released her first book: Sex, Drugs ‘n Facebook: A Parent’s Toolkit for Promoting Healthy Internet Use.



SAHM 2013 Webinar Series: Caring for Adolescents and Young Adults
SAHM webinars provide a convenient and cost-effective educational experience for clinicians who care for adolescents and young adults and who want to integrate current knowledge into their practices, for faculty and fellows in adolescent training programs, or for any healthcare students and professionals who wish to understand more about the unique care needs of adolescents and young adults.

Practicing and Teaching Cultural Inclusivity in Adolescent Health Care
Instructors: Lisa Barkley, MD; Paritosh Kaul, MD, FSAHM; Veronica Svetaz,  MD, MPH; and Mae Sylvester, MS
October 29, 2013, 1:00-2:30 p.m. EDT

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