September Adolescent Health News Roundup

From new rates of teen sexual activity released in Michigan to the U.N.'s announcement of the new Sustainable Development Goals, take a look at the latest news in adolescent health. 

 

State:

Look up rates of teen sexual activity in your Michigan county
MLive
September 28, 2015
About 45 percent of Michigan high school 11th-graders have had sex at least once, according to the 2013-14 Michigan Profile for Healthy Youth survey administered every two years by the Michigan Department of Education.

 

National: 

The Problem With Teens Is That They're Just Too Rational
NPR
September 9, 2015
Scott Huettel, a professor of psychology and neuroscience at Duke University, believes the change in thinking from teenager to adult is not a journey from irrational to rational as much as it is learning how to use rules to navigate through the world.

School Nurses Stock Drug To Reverse Opioid Overdoses
NPR
September 16, 2015
In most places around the country, if a teen has an overdose at school, nurses can do nothing but call 911 and wait for the paramedics. New York changed its laws this year to allow nurses to add naloxone to their inventory; the state also allocated $272,000 in the budget to pay for it. Schools in at least four other states including Vermont, Massachusetts, and Delaware have adopted similar policies.

About A Third Of U.S. Kids And Teens Ate Fast Food Today
NPR
September 17, 2015
"About 34 percent of all children and adolescents, aged 2 to 19, consume fast food on a given day," says Cheryl Fryar of the CDC's National Center for Health Statistics.

Young New York City Native Speaks Out About Domestic Abuse
NPR
September 21, 2015
The women in Destiny Mabry's family share a love of dancing and double Dutch. They've also shared a pattern of domestic abuse that eventually turned deadly. Mabry, who is 25 years old, is now speaking out to those she loves and anyone who will listen about domestic abuse. Destiny Mabry is part of the Radio Rookies program at member station WNYC. 

Kids Who Are Time-Crunched At School Lunch Toss More And Eat Less
NPR
September 24, 2015
As they report in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, the researchers saw these students eating 13 percent less of their main entree and 12 percent less of their vegetables. They drank 10 percent less milk, too, compared with students who had 25 minutes or more to eat. They also found more food waste among kids who had less time to eat.

Parents Can Learn How To Prevent Anxiety In Their Children
NPR
September 25, 2015
Therapy and a change in parenting styles might be able to prevent kids from developing anxiety disorders, according to research published in The American Journal of Psychiatry Friday.

 

International

U.N. Dreams Big: 17 Huge New Goals To Build A Better World
NPR
September 25, 2016
At the United Nations General Assembly this weekend in New York, U.N. member states are set to adopt the new Sustainable Development Goals. The goals are meant to guide development priorities around the globe over the next 15 years. Critics and supporters alike are declaring them to be highly ambitious — maybe even too ambitious.


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