October Adolescent Health News Roundup

From the impact of concussions in sports throughout Michigan to new standards in the care for adolescents worldwide, take a look at the latest news in adolescent health. 

State

Lessons From A Fight To Fix Flint's Water Supply
NPR
October 18, 2015
Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha talks to NPR's Michel Martin about her fight to get politicians to fix the water supply in Flint, Mich., after kids started testing positive for higher levels of lead exposure.

Football and concussions: Michigan leaders take safety steps, but the hits keep coming
MLive
October 24, 2015
Amid growing fears nationally about the risks and long-term impact of concussions in sports, Northview's sideline protocol is part of an ambitious pilot program in Michigan launched in August for 10,000 athletes in 70 public and private high schools.

National

Many Former Foster Youths Don't Know They Have Health Care
NPR
October 1, 2015
When children "age out" of foster care at age 18 in Iowa, they are eligible to receive Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act until they turn 26. But Laticia Aossey, a ward of the state as a foster child, had not filled out the necessary paperwork. Then she fell ill with stomach ulcers, acid reflux and cyclical vomiting

Drinking Makes Teens' First Sexual Experience Riskier, Less Satisfying
NPR
October 16, 2015
Researchers asked 228 women ages 18 to 20 about their sexual experiences and drinking habits. One-quarter of the young women had been drinking at the time of their first sexual intercourse, which happened when they were 16, on average.

'Becoming Nicole' Recounts One Family's Acceptance Of A Transgender Child
NPR
October 19, 2015
When Wayne and Kelly Maines adopted identical twin boys, Jonas and Wyatt, at birth in 1997, they were thrilled at the idea of having two sons. For a while, it was virtually impossible to tell the boys apart. But as they grew older, one child, Wyatt, started insisting that he was a girl.

Doctors, Not Parents, Are the Biggest Obstacle to the HPV Vaccine
NPR
October 22, 2015
It's not hesitant parents refusing the vaccine. Rather, primary care doctors treat the HPV vaccine differently from other routinely recommended immunizations, hesitating to recommend it fully and on time and approaching their discussions with parents differently, a study finds.

Are You Hungry? Pediatricians Add A New Question During Checkups
NPR
October 23, 2015
To get families talking, the American Academy of Pediatrics is now recommending that pediatricians screen all children for food insecurity by asking questions like this: Within the past 12 months, the food we bought didn't last, and we didn't have money to get more. Yes or No?

Bad Day For Bacon: Processed Meats Cause Cancer, WHO Says
NPR
October 26, 2015
The World Health Organization has deemed that processed meats — such as bacon, sausages and hot dogs — cause cancer. In addition, the WHO says red meats including beef, pork, veal and lamb are "probably carcinogenic" to people.

'East Los High' Serves Up Sex Ed With Its Teen Drama
NPR
October 26, 2015
For three seasons, fans have flocked to Hulu for East Los High. The teen soap follows its characters through the tumult of adolescence and uses a secret weapon to deliver life lessons along the way.

 

International

UN Upgrades Adolescent Health Standards
Voice of America
October 6, 2015
Current health care for adolescents is substandard and fails to provide critical prevention and care services, say U.N. health officials, who’ve introduced new standards to improve their quality.

Young Teens Suffer Most From Turbulent Mood Swings
NPR
October 14, 2015
Researchers in the Netherlands followed 474 middle- to high-income Dutch adolescents from ages 13 to 18. Forty percent of the teens were considered high risk for aggressive or delinquent behavior at age 12. At various times over five years, the teens rated their daily moods with regard to happiness, anger, sadness and anxiety. 

Where The Girls Are (And Aren't): #15Girls
NPR
October 20, 2015
Numbers can tell a compelling story. The story we're going to tell focuses on girls ages 10 to 19, an age range used by the World Bank and other groups to track populations. Worldwide, about 600 million girls fall into this age range. Nearly half of them live in just seven countries. Those countries are the focus of our story.

 


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