June Adolescent Health News Roundup

From Hawaii raising their smoking age to 21 to London teens developing a color-changing condom to detect STIs, take a look at the latest news in adolescent health.


Gaylord Teen Benefits From Camp That’s In Tune With His Health Needs
Gaylord Herald Times
June 5, 2015
“Caleb said he didn't feel uncomfortable the first time he attended… Midicha not only provides the usual camp activities, but it also educates the campers on health and safety issues affecting their diabetes.”

Transgender community in Kalamazoo numbers in the hundreds, LGBT leader says
June 5, 2015
“Maddock estimates there are hundreds of transgender persons living in Kalamazoo County… The population ranges from a 5-year-old whose parents are trying to figure out how to handle his insistence he's really a girl to a 71-year-old who recently transitioned from male to female after her spouse died.”


Teenagers Seek Health Information Online, But Don’t Always Trust It
The New York Times
June 2, 2015
“The report suggests some online health content is neither relevant to teenagers nor easily found by them. And while public health officials often assume that adolescents are easily reached via social media, the researchers found that these efforts do not necessarily resonate with the intended audience.”

Teen suicide rates are bleak. School based clinics help those in crisis
The Guardian
June 9, 2015
“While mental health services in the US are generally inadequate, teens are especially ill-served by the existing gaps in the system. Suicide is the third leading cause of death for Americans ages 10 to 24, with about 4,600 lives lost each year.”

Why Some Teen Brains May Be Hardwired To Make Risky Choices
June 17, 2015
“Individual differences in the brain's working memory — which allows people to draw on and use information to make decisions — could help explain why some adolescents are especially impulsive when it comes to sex.”

Poor health as teen, poor job prospects later, study suggests
Medical Xpress
June 23, 2015
“The link to poorer outcomes was strongest for those with mental health conditions…A possible reason for the findings is that teens with health problems miss more school and don't participate in social or school activities as much.”

Alarmed at rising teen e-cigarette use, Hawaii raises smoking age to 21
The Washington Post
June 23, 2015
“Raising the smoking age to 21 would put cigarettes out of reach of high-school social circles. Fewer teens trying tobacco would mean fewer adults addicted to smoking. The Institute of Medicine estimates that raising the smoking age to 21 would lead to a 12 percent decrease in the smoking rate by the time today’s teens grew up.”

Teens lack information on dangers of e-cigs and marijuana
Reuters Health
June 25, 2015
“While the teens said they had seen commercials about the dangers of cigarette smoke, the only commercials they had seen about e-cigarettes were ones promoting them… California has begun a TV-based public health campaign about e-cigarettes, but most places in the U.S. have not”

Surgery May Help Teens With Frequent Migraines, Study Contends
June 25, 2015
“In teens with migraine who haven't responded well to other treatments, "migraine surgery may offer symptomatic improvement of migraine headache frequency, duration and severity in patients with identifiable anatomical trigger sites," wrote the study's authors.”


Detecting STIs: Teens believe a color-changing condom is the answer
Reuters Health
June 25, 2015
“The condom could, in theory, detect an infection both in the wearer and his partner. "People find it embarrassing to go to the clinic so this makes sure that their privacy is maintained”, " although they would still have to go to the clinic for treatment, Ali said.”

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