SAHM Launches “THRIVE” App: A Critical New Resource for Parents of Teens and Young Adults
SAHM launched a new, free mobile app THRIVE (Teen Health Resources, Information and Vaccine Education). THRIVE was developed and launched as part of a collaboration between SAHM, Pfizer and UNITY Consortium to provide parents with a mobile, interactive resource to help teens and young adults aged 16 to 25 understand their role in and increase ownership over their own health. (Reuters, 9/2)
Ernestine Willis, MD, MPH, Honored for Excellence in Pediatrics
Earnestine Willis, a SAHM member and Kellner Professor in Pediatrics and the Director of the Center for the Advancement of Underserved Children has been recognized for showing dedication, leadership and excellence in pediatrics. Throughout her career, she has set herself apart through her work in community medicine, community health care and a broad spectrum of health care for children. (Blackbird PR News, 9/9)




Many Teens With Chronic Illnesses Use Alcohol, Pot
Teens with chronic diseases such as asthma and juvenile arthritis have to manage their health carefully, yet many of them have had alcohol or smoked marijuana in the last year, a new study shows. The researchers found that more than a third of the high school students with chronic disease had consumed alcohol in the past year. A fifth of the high schoolers had used marijuana in the last 12 months. (HealthDay News, 8/31)
Alcohol Education Should Begin at Age 9
Children as young as 9 should be given the talk about alcohol and the dangers of drinking, based on a new survey published by the AAP. The report found that 2/3 of students have consumed more than just a few sips of alcohol by the their last year of high school, and more than one-quarter have by the time they reach eighth grade. We must approach drinking in children, particularly binge drinking, differently than we do in adults. (US News and World Report, 9/1)
Light From Smartphones, Tablets May Lower Sleep Hormone in Kid
New research offers a compelling reason for parents to ban smartphones, tablets and laptops in their children's bedrooms at night: The bright light of these devices may lower levels of melatonin, a hormone that prompts sleep. The effect was most pronounced for kids just entering puberty, with nighttime melatonin levels suppressed by up to 37 percent in some cases, the investigators found. (HealthDay News, 9/2)
Forcing Teenagers into Exercise No Good
A new study in the journal Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise found that students who don't feel in control of their exercise choices or who feel pressured by adults to be more active typically are not. Middle-schoolers who feel they can make their own decisions about exercising are more likely to see themselves as a person who exercises, which in turn makes them more likely to exercise, researchers said. (NewKerala, 9/3)
More High School Athletes Using 'Dip' and 'Chew,' CDC Finds
High school athletes may be getting the message that cigarettes are bad for their health, but the same can't be said for smokeless tobacco, a new government report shows. In fact, these young athletes were almost 80% more likely to use smokeless tobacco products than non-athletes, researchers from the CDC found. Among high school athletes, the use of smokeless tobacco increased from 10% in 2001 to more than 11% in 2013. (HealthDay News, 9/3)
New Research Finds Adolescents More Likely Not to Smoke When Cigarette Ads Feature Older Adults
A new study indicates that adolescents respond differently when the advertised product is age-restricted. Cigarette and alcohol industry guidelines state they will use young adult ad models who are 25 years of age or older to protect adolescents, which seems reasonable, but in fact 14-15 year old adolescents are most persuaded to smoke and drink by those 25 year old models that they use, according to the study. (Science Daily, (9/4)
Child Abuse, Neglect in Military Up 10 Percent
Incidents of child abuse and neglect in military families shot up by nearly 10 percent in 2014, according to defense officials. In fiscal 2014, the military saw 7,676 incidents of child abuse and neglect, an increase of 687 over fiscal 2013. That number represents 5,838 unique victims, because some were involved in more than one incident, and if there is more than one alleged abuser, incidents might be tracked as more than once. (Navy Times, 9/3)
Kids Who Snore May Have Poorer Grades in School
Snoring and other breathing problems during sleep can put kids at risk for poorer performance in school, a new study confirms. The study looked at symptoms of sleep-disordered breathing (habitual snoring and sleep apnea), as well as students' grades ages 5 to 17. The combined academic scores of students with breathing problems during sleep were roughly 12% lower than scores of students without sleep-disordered breathing. (Reuters, 9/7)
High Schoolers Use E-Cigarettes to Vape Marijuana: U.S. Study
Nearly 1 in 5 high school students who said they used e-cigarettes to vaporize nicotine also used them to vaporize pot, according to a survey of nearly 4,000 Connecticut teens. The study is the first evidence that teens are using e-cigarettes to vaporize cannabis, and raises concerns that their rising popularity may encourage teens to use the devices to vaporize cannabis, exposing them to higher concentrations of THC. (Reuters, 9/7)
Sleep Affects HOMA-IR in Overweight, Obese Teens
Overweight and obese adolescents have persistently higher homeostasis model assessment of insulin resistance (HOMA-IR), with significant contributors including total sleep time and sleep efficiency, according to new research. The researchers found that adolescents with unfavorable fat partitioning and family history of noninsulin-dependent diabetes mellitus were at risk for persistent insulin resistance. (Physician’s Briefing, 9/8)
Violence, Self-harm and Suicide Common Among Trafficked Children
Children as young as 10 have been driven to attempt suicide or have suffered serious mental health problems after being trafficked as sex slaves or forced laborers in situations "akin to torture”, according to a study that interviewed 387 boys and girls ages 10-17 in Thailand and Vietnam. Some 56% of those surveyed were depressed, a third suffered from an anxiety disorder, and around a quarter had post-traumatic stress disorder. (Reuters, 9/8)
When Clock Springs Forward, Teen Brain May Fall Behind
Teens lose much-needed sleep after the time change in spring, raising concerns about their driving safety, a new study shows. This loss of sleep was associated with increased daytime sleepiness, lapses of attention and longer reaction times. This study raises significant concern about the consequences of impeding their already hectic sleep schedules with Daylight Saving Time every spring. (HealthDay News, 9/8)
Anti-Tobacco Policies Cut Youth Smoking Rates
As smoking has become more expensive and inconvenient in the United States, fewer young people are lighting up, a new study shows. The effects of smoke-free laws are similar or larger than other factors linked to smoking, such as age, race and poverty level. The researchers found that a 100 percent smoke-free environment seemed to lower the odds of young people taking up smoking by one-third. (HealthDay News, 9/8)
Bisexual, Questioning Women At Highest Risk For Eating Disorders
Women who identify as bisexual or questioning have the highest rates of eating disorders among women, according to a new study that surveyed 2,513 youth ages 14 to 24. Scientists compared women who suffered from eating disorders, either currently or in the past, divided by their sexual orientation, and found bisexual and questioning women to be at greater risk then lesbian and straight women. (Advocate, 9/8)
E-cigarettes: A Gateway to Conventional Smoking' for Teens, Young Adults
Health experts around the globe have voiced concern that electronic cigarettes may act as a "gateway" to conventional cigarettes. A new study found almost 70% of individuals aged 16-24 who used e-cigarettes progressed to conventional cigarette use within a year. Editorials surrounding this research can also be found in the New York Times and JAMA Pediatrics. (Medical News Today, 9/9)
Can Eye Screening for Diabetic Kids Be Delayed a Bit?
Children with type 1 diabetes may not need to start screening for eye disease as early as currently recommended, a new study suggests. Most children with type 1 diabetes probably don't need a yearly exam for diabetes-related eye disease (diabetic retinopathy) until age 15, or 5 years after their diabetes diagnosis, whichever is later. This study found no evidence of diabetic retinopathy in 370 children who had at least one screening. And, that was true regardless of how long they had diabetes. (HealthDay News, 9/9)
Adolescents More Economically Rational Than Young Adults
A new study has revealed that adolescents between 10 to 16 years of age are more economically rational than young adults. The study found that adolescents consistently viewed almost all the possible outcomes of their choices throughout the experiment where young adults looked at almost everything initially, but as the experiment progressed they started to ignore information that wasn’t useful to them. (Financial Express, 9/10) 



California Passes Bill Delaying Transfer Of Fragile Kids Into Managed Care
California legislators passed a bill postponing a controversial plan that would have shifted tens of thousands of medically fragile children younger than 21 with serious medical conditions, including spina bifida, cancer, cystic fibrosis and sickle cell disease into Medi-Cal managed care plans. The bill, AB 187, passed both houses Thursday and will be sent to Gov. Jerry Brown for his signature. (Kaiser Health News, 9/7)
New Push for Meningitis B Vaccines on College Campuses
Some U.S. colleges and universities are offering students new vaccines against a bug responsible for recent campus outbreaks of a rare but life-threatening form of meningitis. Academic institutions are taking a range of approaches, from simply making the shots available at student health centers to anyone who is interested, to holding vaccine clinics on campus that students are required to attend. (The Wall Street Journal, 9/7)
New Guidelines Call for Kids, Health Care Workers to Get Flu Shots
All eligible children 6 months of age and older and health care workers should get flu shots, according to new policy statements from the AAP. In previous years, about 90 percent of children in the United States who died from the flu were unvaccinated. During last year's flu season, 145 children in the United States died from the flu, and many of them had no other health problems. (HealthDay News, 9/7)
The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Recommends Depression Screening for Teens
The USPSTF recommends screening for major depressive disorder (MDD) in adolescents age 12-18. Children and adolescents with MDD typically have functional impairments in their performance at school or work, and in their interaction with their families and peers. Researchers recommended screening when adequate systems were in place for diagnosis, treatment, and monitoring. (Physician’s Briefing, 9/8)
Surgeon General Calls for Steps to Promote Healthy Walking
Take a walk: That's the U.S. surgeon general's prescription for sedentary Americans, but communities will have to step up, too, and make neighborhoods easier and safer for foot traffic. Only half of adults and just over a quarter of high school students get the amount of physical activity recommended for good health. Walking is a simple, affordable way to get the needed exercise, Murthy said, if people have a place to do it. (Los Angeles Times, 9/9)
Teens Who Take Nude Photos Of Themselves Can Still Be Treated As Sex Offenders
A teenage boy in North Carolina might have to register as a sex offender if he's convicted of keeping nude photos he took of himself on his phone, as well as a picture of his girlfriend. His case has drawn national scrutiny, but North Carolina's controversial law isn't unique. In many states, prosecutors can technically slam teenagers who snap naked selfies with child porn-related charges, regardless if the photos were shared or not. (Huffington Post, 9/9)
'Mud Bogging' Motor Sport Tied to Carbon Monoxide Poisonings, Deaths
The off-road motor sport known as mud bogging can put drivers and passengers at risk of potentially lethal carbon monoxide poisoning, researchers say. Mud bogging involves navigating a vehicle through muddy pits or tracks, which can cause mud to clog exhaust pipes, sending carbon monoxide into the cabin of the vehicle. The NEJM, reported doctors at one U.S. hospital who saw four teenagers in the ER due to this activity.  (Health Day News, 9/9)



Juvenile Abortion Rate Remains High in Vietnam
Vietnam now ranks first in Southeast Asia and fifth in the world in abortions, according to statistics from the Vietnam National Committee for Population and Family Planning. Vietnam sees between 1.2 and 1.6 million abortions each year, and juveniles had 40% of the total abortions last year. This number may also be higher because many teenagers come to private clinics in order to keep their pregnancies a secret. (Vietnam News, 9/9)
Battling Stigma and Increasing HIV/AIDS Testing in Asia: Thai Red Cross Campaign, ‘Adam’s Love’ Expands into Taiwan
This week the highly successful “Adam’s Love” campaign was launched in Taiwan. Initiated by Thai Red Cross AIDS Research Centre, the campaign targets MSM and raises awareness on HIV/AIDS.  Sponsors now hope the campaign’s achievements in Southeast Asia (Thailand, Indonesia, and Malaysia) can be replicated in Taiwan, which is experiencing a dramatic rise in the HIV/AIDS epidemic. (International Federation of Red Cross, 9/10)




Sports Medicine Docs Offer Safety Tips for Young Athletes
Kids are back to school and back to sports, which inevitably leads to bumps and scrapes and possibly even more serious sports-related injuries. Doctors in the sports medicine division at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center in Ohio say preparation is the key to reducing the risk of these injuries, and offer recommendations for staying safe on the field. (Health Day News, 9/6)


Conference on Practice Improvement
Registration is open for the 2015 Conference on Practice Improvement. Learn how to organize your practice around your patients, streamline processes, engage staff and increase revenue, while providing consistent, evidence-based care to your patients. Running Dec. 3-6 in Dallas Texas, the conference will tackle some of the most daunting regulatory, outcomes and payment issues facing family medicine today. (Society of Teachers of family Medicine, 9/9)


LGBT Health and Wellness Webinar: What is Gender? Terminology and Definitions
Sponsored by the AAP Provisional Section on LGBT Health and Wellness, this four-part webinar series is designed to educate pediatricians and pediatric health care providers on caring for transgender youth. The first webinar will be taking place on Friday, Sept. 11, at 1 p.m. EST, and will review terminology and definitions for transgender youth. (AAP, 9/9)


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