Lake Expo (MO): Health law boosts status of alternative medicine—at least on paper (Sept 28)
Complementary and alternative medicine—a term that encompasses meditation, acupuncture, chiropractic care and homeopathic treatment, among other things—has become increasingly popular. About four in 10 adults—and one in nine children—in the U.S. are using some form of alternative medicine, according to NIH.
Politico: Poll: Most will get health insurance (Sept 30)
Asked whether they plan to get insurance when the requirement takes effect or pay the fine for not doing so, 65 percent of uninsured Americans said they would get health insurance, according to a Gallup poll out Monday. Twenty-five percent said they would pay the fine.

Washington Post: Obamacare’s launch will be totally anti-climatic (Sept 30)
New York Times: Opening Rush to Insurance Markets Runs Into Snags (Oct 1)
Washington Post: Rush of interest continues on insurance Web sites (Oct 2)

Health Day: Medicare, Medicaid Would Keep Running If U.S. Government Shuts Down (Sept 30)
Medicare and Medicaid recipients and veterans will continue to receive health-care benefits if the federal government shuts down on Tuesday, U.S. officials said Monday. But other programs, such as disease surveillance, food and drug inspections, could be curtailed, according to contingency plans

Fierce Healthcare: Government shutdown hits HHS hard on exchange opening day (Oct 1)

Medical Press: JAMA article teaches doctors about learning disabilities (Sept 30)
“To improve health outcomes, clinicians will need to take the mission of patient education and empowerment much more seriously–the population of people with specific learning disabilities is actually much larger than many people realize. The IDEA has been broadly implemented–and over 12 percent of public school students have identified specific learning disabilities–this is much higher than most people would imagine.”
New York Times: The Fight Against Bullying in Schools Expands to Store Shelves (Sept 30)
Among 12- to 17-year-olds, 47 percent of girls and 34 percent of boys report having been bullied either face-to-face or online, according to a survey by Mintel, a market research firm. And prominent cases of teenagers committing suicide after being harassed on social media networks have, along with strengthening the resolve of antibullying organizations, prompted brands to take up the issue.

The Atlantic: ‘160,000 Kids Stay Home From School Each Day to Avoid Being Bullied’ (Oct 3)

Hollywood Reporter: Rainn Wilson Teams With MTV for Mental Health Special (Exclusive) (Sept 30)
MTV and The Office vet Rainn Wilson have partnered for a one-hour special focusing on mental health. The special will focus on the lives of two college students who fought their way through severe mental health struggles but found hope and a path to recovery by taking steps to feel better and drawing strength from those around them.     
Washington Post: Skipping birthday cake and other treats, when you’re a kid with celiac disease (Sept 30)
Children’s National Medical Center follows about 200 children with celiac disease and saw 40 to 50 new cases last year, said John Snyder, chief of gastroenterology, hepatology and nutrition there. There is no medication for celiac disease. A teen group will be organized later this year.
The Atlantic: Dr. Howser’s Army: The 3-Year M.D. (Sept 30)
U.S. medical education is based on a century-old structure. Leading physicians are calling to streamline medical school to three years. How long does it take to make a doctor?
The Citizen: Buchberger: Football season revives concern about concussions (Oct 1)
The high school, NCAA and NFL football seasons are approximately three weeks old and in the NFL alone, there are 17 reported concussions. I will reference the International Conference on Concussion in Sport. The most recent conference was held in Zurich in November 2012. The proceedings were published in The Clinical Journal of Sports Medicine in March.
USA Today: 30 colleges receive mental health ‘seal of approval’ (Oct 1)
Students beginning their college search are bombarded with a variety of metrics ranking schools on their SAT scores, acceptance rates and even the attractiveness of their students. But the Jed Foundation, a non-profit organization that advocates suicide prevention among college students, wants to put one deciding factor on prospective students’ radars that they say is too often underestimated: mental health services.
Fort Mill Times (TX): Expands STD Testing Options for Minors (Oct 1)
Leading online STD testing specialist, is offering minors and teenagers the chance to test for sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) and infections without parental consent through a network of over 4,000 local testing centers.            



Observer-Dispatch (NY): School health centers ‘a godsend’ (Sept 27)
The two school-based health centers in the Utica City School District have made an impact since opening at Sen. James H. Donovan Middle School seven years ago and at Kernan Elementary School in 2007, officials said. The Donovan center is run by Upstate Cerebral Palsy and Kernan by St. Elizabeth Medical Center.
WBEZ (IL): Prison watchdog tells judges to stop putting kids with mental health needs in prison (Sept 27)
A new report from the prison watchdog John Howard Association says mental health treatment in Illinois youth prisons is so bad that judges need to stop sending kids with mental health needs to them.
Baltimore Sun (MD): Panel recommends revised cancer warning on consent form for indoor tanning (Sept 27)
The recommendation by the Maryland State Council on Cancer Control supports plans by the state Department of Health and Mental Hygiene to change the parental consent’s current wording to emphasize cancer risks more clearly. But unlike a draft the Health Department crafted last winter, it stops short of saying that indoor tanning devices cause cancer.
Taunton Daily Journal (MA): DA conference aimed at educating youth on dangers of underage drinking (Sept 27)
Even in small quantities, alcohol and marijuana can have a detrimental effect on function in the still-developing teenage brain, a Harvard University neuroscientist said during a conference in Taunton.
Valley Morning Star (TX): Many children suffer mental disorders (Sept 27)
Children are resilient—and they can survive a lot. Children are vulnerable too. One out of five suffers from a mental health disorder at sometime in their young lives. One in 10 children faces serious mental health challenges.
Current Argus (NM): Childhood obesity rates among low-income families decline in New Mexico for first time (Sept 27)
A recent study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows that New Mexico is among 19 states that have had a first-time decrease in childhood obesity rates among preschool children from low-income families.
Palm Beach Post (FL): Teen bariatric surgery offered at St. Mary’s (Sept 28)
It is a measure that is becoming more common — and more accepted in the medical profession as a way to battle the nation’s obesity crisis. About 1,000 children ages 10 to 19 go under the knife each year to attempt to address their weight, according to a study published this year in the journal Pediatrics.
Idaho Press (ID): Meridian to host Idaho’s first school health center (Sept 29)
Idaho’s first school-based health center is set to open at Meridian Elementary School in January, thanks to a partnership between Joint School District No. 2 and Family Medicine Residency of Idaho (FMRI).
Wisconsin State Journal (WI): School Spotlight: School nurses have a new resource on chronic issues (Sept 30)
Unlike a clinic or hospital setting, school nurses aren’t surrounded by their peers. To help fix that, Anderson developed an online resource to allow school nurses to get current information on chronic health conditions and to communicate with each other via an online forum.
Northern Colorado Gazette (CO): Weld holds “Let’s Talk Month” to foster sex-education dialogue (Sept 30)
all is in the air—temperatures are dropping, leaves are changing and families are talking about sex.  (And if they aren’t, they need to be!)  October is Let’s Talk Month, a time to emphasize the importance of communication between parents and their children about sex, love and relationships.
New York Times (NY): City Unveils Campaign to Improve Girls’ Self-Esteem (Sept 30)
The fashion industry and Madison Avenue are not anathema to Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg in the same way that soda companies and big tobacco are. But they are, in a sense, the impetus for City Hall’s latest public health campaign.
Wilton Bulletin (VT): Childhood Obesity Month: Chartwells helps students get healthy (Oct 1)
It has been suggested that the United States has a weight problem. While many walk around sporting a spare tire, unable to fit into their fall clothes, the biggest concern must lie with children.
The Chippewa Herald (WI): Childhood mental health summit draws lots of interest (Oct 1)
When Rhonda Brown and a handful of others began planning last year for a summit on children’s mental health, they tapped into a topic that was on a lot of other people’s minds. “We were hoping for 50 people here today,” said Wynne Cook of the Chippewa County Public Health Department. “We got 100 people.”
Morris Daily Herald (IL): Troubled youths need more from state (Oct 1)
Last year, the state was sued over inadequate conditions in its juvenile detention centers. As part of the settlement of that federal class-action lawsuit filed by the American Civil Liberties Union, a federal court ordered a panel of juvenile justice and adolescent psychiatric experts to compile a report about those conditions.
Buffalo News (NY): New center in Buffalo will train doctors on treating addiction (Oct 1)
A center devoted to training doctors in addiction medicine will be established in Buffalo through a three-year, $2 million grant from the Conrad H. Hilton Foundation. The center will provide the expertise to increase the number of physicians trained in addiction medicine, with an emphasis on prevention and screening, brief intervention and referral to treatment, particularly for adolescents and young adults.
Lowell Sun (MA): Lowell High Health Center to give out condoms (Oct 3)
The School Committee voted unanimously Wednesday night to make condoms available for distribution to students via the Lowell High School School-Based Health Center.



All Africa: Youth Forum Concludes With Recommendations for Governments (Sept 26)
The Youth Pre-event of the ICPD Beyond 2014 African Regional Conference on Population and Development which took place on 24 -25 September concluded with the adoption of various recommendations. The event deliberated on sexual and reproductive health, education, employment and inclusive participation, security and governance.
Calgary Herald (Canada): Provincial campaign highlights growing risk of sexually transmitted diseases (Sept 27)
With climbing rates of sexually transmitted infections in the province, the government is spending $1.6-million to convince young Albertans to practice safe sex. The provincewide campaign includes TV, online and cinema ads, a website, video boards and posters in bars.
Tanzania Daily News (Tanzania):  ‘Improve Sex Education in Schools’ (Sept 28)
Absence of comprehensive sex education in schools has resulted in adolescent pregnancy, thus forcing girls to be expelled or drop out of school, a new report from the Centre for Reproductive Rights (CRR) has revealed.
The West Australian (Australia): Health services failing children (Sept 28)
WA child and adolescent mental health services are so overstretched they are reaching fewer than one in eight of the children who need them, the sector’s governing body has warned. The annual report of the Child and Adolescent Health Service’s governing council, which was set up a year ago, said community mental health services treated 2480 children in 2011 - 0.6 per cent of all children in Perth.
Daily Mail (UK): ‘Worrying’ rise in number of children with depression as NHS says nearly 80,000 in UK suffering from the mental illness (Sept 29)
The number of children suffering from depression is on the rise and more needs to be done to care for them, according to health experts. Cyber bullying, pressure from social media websites and the breakdown of the family unit are behind the thousands of young children with mental health problems, according to experts.

Express (UK): Call to address child depression (Sept 30)

Cape Breton Post (Australia): Student summit to put fresh face on mental health (Sept 30)
Nearly 80 junior high school students are scheduled to gather next week in a bid to help reduce the stigma attached to mental illness. A one-day Stomp Out Stigma Summit is scheduled for Oct. 9 and is being hosted by the Cape Breton District Health Authority’s child and adolescent mental health and addiction services along with the Cape Breton-Victoria Regional School Board’s schools plus program.
The Examiner (Australia): Call for refugee sex education (Sept 30)
WHEN Francine arrived in Australia, she had little English, no education and six brothers and sisters she was expected to care for. A childhood marred by civil war was followed by three years in a refugee camp. Sex education was far down the list of priorities when Francine started going to school and while she understood the basics she, like many other teenage girls, had trouble negotiating use of contraceptives with her boyfriend.
Daily Telegraph (UK): ‘Teenage girls now use Facebook to access hardcore porn via boys’ (Sept 30)
The University of East London surveyed 80 children and found 66 per cent of girls aged between 12 and 16 had seen pornographic content. All of those girls had come across the images on Facebook and said it was their main source of porn.
News Wales (UK): Sexual health scheme for Powys youngsters (Oct 1)
The C-Card scheme allows young people to access sexual health advice and condoms at local venues by presenting a personalised card to a qualified worker. The scheme has been named locally by young people in Powys as the Sorted scheme and is run in partnership between Powys Youth Service and Powys teaching Health Board.
All Africa: Rwanda Launches the Child and Adolescent Health Week Campaign (Oct 1)
Given that over 45 percent of Rwandans are under 18 years old, last week Rwanda launched a week long campaign to educate adolescent youth on reproductive health issues and drugs abuse. The week will also see the kick-off of a vaccination campaign against cervical cancer as well as other special activities that targets children and adolescents wellbeing throughout the country.
Bloomberg: ADHD Pill Faces High Hurdle in Europe as Stigma Persists (Oct 1)
The European debut of a pill to treat children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder faces a major hurdle: convincing people the condition exists. Shire Plc (SHP), the world’s biggest seller of ADHD drugs, has been rolling out the pill, Vyvanse, in eight countries while discussing the prevalence of the illness with doctors at psychiatry conferences around Europe.
Times of India (India): Adolescents form over 18% of Karnataka’s population (Oct 2)
Young India grew by 70 million in the first 10 years of the millennium. Those in the adolescent age group (10-19) grew from 225.1 million in 2001 to 253.2 million in 2011, a jump of 28.1 million.
New Indian Express (India): Adolescents left out of census: NGOs (Oct 2)
Children in India between 14-18 years are invisible population, who are not accounted for in census nor covered by labour laws, according to a study, Understanding Adolescent Poverty in Tamil Nadu.

The Hindu (India): Adolescents in TN missed and missing out, says study (Oct 2)

Times of India (India): Parents turn to day-care centres for their adolescents (Oct 2)
The concept of adolescents’ day-care centres is fast gaining popularity. From taking charge of your kid’s school projects and homework, to helping them prepare for their exams–these centres will take care of everything. Creches are not just toddler centres anymore, where working parents would leave their bawling kids before heading to office. They take care of your child’s entire padhai-likhai in school.
Huffington Post: Tuberculosis In Children To Get Additional $120 Million A Year (Oct 2)
Health officials are embarking on an ambitious plan to wipe out tuberculosis in children worldwide, even though they don’t know exactly how many cases there are. Experts say tuberculosis in children–defined as people under the age of 15–has often been overlooked because there isn’t a reliable diagnostic test and its symptoms are similar to many other childhood illnesses.
The Express Tribune (Pakistan): Education and adolescents: Change in curriculum, mindset, recommended (Oct 3)
Participants at a discussion of the consensus view to spread awareness in society about sexual and health problems of adolescents. They called for a change in mindset and curriculum to address these problems.
Awoko (Sierra Leone): Youth Coalition ends HIV/AIDS Sensitization (Oct 3)
The Sierra Leone Youth Coalition on HIV/AIDS in collaboration with the National Aids Secretariat supported by the United Nations Population Fund during the weekend engaged on HIV/AIDS sensitization at the Shell in the east end of Freetown. It was to educate young men and women on the prevention of AIDS and other sexually transmitted diseases (STIs), like syphilis and gonorrhea.     



Reuters: Teen health program fights obesity, depression (Sept 27)
A skills-building program offered as part of high school health classes may help prevent obesity, depression and drinking among teenagers, a new study suggests.
Wall Street Journal: The Data on Teen Dating (Sept 30)
Boys and girls who start dating at a young age are disrupting the typical pattern of teenage romantic development and may have more school and behavioral problems than their peers, suggests a Canadian study to be published in the December issue of the Journal of Adolescence.
WTOP (DC): Social and mental health integration may help prevent, treat obesity in teens (Sept 30) 
High school health education classes that focus exclusively on topics of physical activity and nutrition may be a thing of the past. It turns out, integrating cognitive-behavioral components into health curricula makes for happier and healthier teens.
Mayo Q&A: Once-overweight children at risk for bulimia, anorexia (Sept 30)
Most people are aware that childhood obesity is a public-health problem, and some are also aware that many children and adolescents develop serious eating disorders, such as anorexia nervosa and bulimia. But few people, including parents and physicians, are aware that children and adolescents who were once overweight or obese are at risk of becoming anorexic or bulimic.
USA Today: Kids around world now recognize cigarette brand logos (Sept 30)
Twenty-two years later, a new study finds that cigarette manufacturers’ efforts to reach young children internationally in low- and middle-income countries is nearly as effective, and consequently as worrisome.
MedPage Today: Program Cuts Child Obesity in San Diego (Sept 30)
An innovative public-private partnership in San Diego helped the county lower rates of childhood obesity and overweight by 3.7% over a 5-year span, organizers said here. The San Diego County Childhood Obesity Initiative lowered the percentage of overweight and obese fifth, seventh, and ninth graders from 35.83% in 2005 to 34.50% in 2010.
William Reed Business Media: Vitamin D may boost bone health for adolescent girls, but not boys: RCT (Sept 30)
Daily supplements of vitamin D may increase bone mass and structural bone parameters in adolescent girls, but boys didn’t seem to get any benefits in the parameters measured, says a new study.
Inside Indiana Business (IN): Study to Examine Mental Health Care Burnout  (Sept 30)
A national research funding organization dedicated to improving patient-centered outcomes in the health care system has awarded $1.5 million to a team of Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) researchers to study how staff burnout affects the treatment and progress of mental health patients.
HealthDay: Whooping Cough Outbreaks Tied to Parents Shunning Vaccines (Sept 30)
New research confirms what experts have suspected: The decision not to vaccinate children for nonmedical reasons can have far-reaching effects, including raising the risk of infections for other children and their families.
Los Angeles Times (CA): Do we make poorer decisions as we age? (Oct 1)
When it comes to making boneheaded choices, teenagers usually win society’s award for overall poor decision-making. Yet a study published recently in the journal PNAS suggests that our ability to make wise choices changes over time, and actually declines with old age.
Medwire News: Adolescent psychotic experiences lack uniformity (Oct 2)
Psychotic experiences in adolescence appear to be quite distinct and vary widely from individual to individual, study findings indicate. This supports the proposal that psychotic experiences in adolescents in the general population should be considered “multiple, distinct, quantitative traits,” rather than a categorical phenotype.
Medical Xpress: Five regular meals a day reduce obesity risk among adolescents (Oct 3)
A regular eating pattern may protect adolescents from obesity, according to a Finnish population-based study with more than 4,000 participants. When eating five meals - breakfast, lunch, dinner and two snacks - a day, even those with a genetic predisposition to obesity had no higher body mass index (BMI) than their controls.
CDC MMWR: Transmission of Mycobacterium tuberculosis in a High School and School-Based Supervision of an Isoniazid-Rifapentine Regimen for Preventing Tuberculosis — Colorado, 2011–2012 (Oct 4)
Screening at a school of 1,249 (90.4%) contacts of a student with TB found one person with pulmonary TB disease and 162 with latent Mycobacterium tuberculosis infection (LTBI), of whom 159 started LTBI treatment regimens for preventing progression to TB disease and 153 completed a regimen.
CDC MMWR: QuickStats: Percentage of Adults Aged 18–24 Years Who Had Never Smoked Cigarettes, by Sex — National Health Interview Survey, United States, 1999–2001 Through 2011–2012 (Oct 4)
The percentage of young adults aged 18–24 years who had never smoked cigarettes increased by more than 10 percentage points from 1999–2001 (65%) to 2011–2012 (76%). The increase was noted for men and for women. For each period, women were more likely than men to have never smoked cigarettes.




Dubbo Weekender (Australia): Mental illness can steal your identity, your ideas, your capacity to love (Sept 30)
The silence surrounding mental health issues is gradually being lifted, especially around building and supporting the mental fitness of young people. Earlier this month, the University of Sydney’s School of Rural Health held the NSW Centre for Advancement of Adolescent Health Youth Health Forum’s video-conference which stressed the need for de-stigmatisation of mental illness, and the priority to intervene as soon as symptoms need treating.
New York Times Motherlode: Need Birth Control Advice, Fast? Text Planned Parenthood (Sept 30)
When teenagers or young adults need advice from an organization like Planned Parenthood, they tend to think they need that advice now — not the next time they can grab an educator after health class, not the next time they are alone and can call a hotline, and certainly not at their next appointment for reproductive health services, if they even have such an appointment.
RH Reality Check: Millennials Are Fighting to Overturn the Hyde Amendment (Sept 30)
For those of you who think Millennials are too young, entitled, and/or privileged to understand the impact of restrictions on access to affordable reproductive health care, please indulge me as I attempt to set the record straight.
The Conversation (AU): Let’s treat the social causes of illness rather than just disease (Oct 1)
Diseases are complex and their causes myriad. A relatively new field of research known as the “social determinants of health” shows that merely treating illness is not the best approach to what ails us, we need a comprehensive overhaul of what we are doing and to address underlying social mechanisms that harm well-being.
Health Canal: The Liverpool View: Is the adolescent brain wired for addiction? (Oct 1)
Drinking alcohol during adolescence is not a good idea, because the younger you are when you have your first alcoholic drink, the more likely you are to develop problems with alcohol later on in life.  The same is true for cigarette smoking and the use of illicit drugs such as cannabis and cocaine: the younger you are when you start, the more likely you are to have problems later on.
RH Reality Check: Should a 13-Year-Old and Her 12-Year-Old Partner Really Be Considered Sex Offenders? (Oct 1)
Last Tuesday, the Utah Supreme Court heard arguments in a case that should make us once again reconsider our age-of-consent laws. In 2003, an unnamed 13-year-old girl had “consensual sex” with her then-12-year-old boyfriend.
The Daily Texan (TX): The Daily Texan’s sex columns are a rare thing: useful sex education in Texas (Oct 2)
The Daily Texan’s sex column series just turned one month old, and as expected, it’s already received some backlash. It’s a bit cheesy, and the comical, vulgar nature of the writing has offended some and will continue to do so.

Tulsa World (OK): If you don’t talk to your teenager about sex, someone else will (Oct 3)
Dear Doctor K: I’m the parent of a teenage girl. I know it’s time to talk to her about sex, and I’d appreciate any advice. Dear Reader: Many parents feel anxious or uncomfortable talking with their children about sex. But remember that if you don’t, somebody else will.


Institute of Medicine: Improving the Health, Safety and Well-Being of Young Adults
The Institute of Medicine has just released the summary report of a workshop, held last May, on improving the health, safety, and well-being of young adults. The webpage contains an interactive infographic, with facts, themes, and several short video clips from the workshop.



The National Coalition of STD Directors (NCSD): “How to Work with Schools to Conduct STD Screening.”
The factsheet provides important information on adolescents and sexual activity, highlighting the role schools, health systems, community health centers, and STD programs can play to provide youth with free and confidential STD services.



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.

Giving Adolescents a Fair Shot: Immunizations in the 21st Century
Instructor: Nneka Holder, MD, MPH
October 9, 2013, 1:00-2:00 p.m. EDT

New York SAHM: Sexual History Taking with Adolescents Webinar
Co-sponsored by NYPATH and PRH
Friday October 4, 2013, 12p-1p
John Stever, MD Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Mt Sinai Adolescent Health Center

To register go to:

Doctors for America and Partners: Coverage is Good Medicine: How to Answer Patient Questions
About New Insurance Marketplaces
Starting October 1 (very soon!), millions of uninsured people will be eligible for new and better health insurance options for themselves and their families.  But 78% of them don’t know about it, and there is a concerted effort in many places to keep them in the dark.  Millions could miss out.  Fortunately, people trust doctors and health care providers in their communities to give them the facts.  That’s why Doctors for America is launching a massive campaign to educate our communities.

Wed, Oct 9, 2013 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM EDT
Thu, Oct 10, 2013 9:00 PM - 10:00 PM EDT



SPR 22nd Annual Meeting: Call For Papers Now Available
The Society for Prevention Research 22nd Annual Meeting ”Comprehensive and Coordinated Prevention Systems: Building Partnerships and Transcending Boundaries” will be held May 27-30, 2014 in Washington, DC.

SPR 2014 Call for Papers
SPR 2014 Call for Pre-conference Workshops Proposals
SPR 2014 Call for Posters NIDA International Poster Session

The online abstract submission site is accessible at:
Deadline for abstract submissions: Wednesday, October 30, 2013, 11:59 PM Pacific.
2014 STD Prevention Conference: Call for Abstracts   
The 2014 STD Prevention Conference Scientific Program Committee is accepting abstracts through October 25, 2013. The Committee invites papers of high quality in the areas of STD prevention research, program and policy.

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