March Adolescent Health News Roundup

From easy access to e-cigarettes online to chefs in school cafeterias, take a look at the latest news in adolescent health.


Hope, help for teens with mental illness
Detroit Free Press
February 27, 2015
Suicide is most common among people with mental illness. The National Alliance on Mental Illness reports that 90% of youths who died by suicide had an underlying mental illness.”

Health sciences professor studies drug use in adolescents
Oakland University
March 20, 2015
“One of Oakland University’s newest faculty members is bringing part of a $100,000 grant with him to the School of Health Sciences. Assistant professor Dr. Jason Goldstick is taking research on substance abuse in teenagers to the next level.”


1 in 5 U.S. Teen Girls Physically or Sexually Abused While Dating

U.S. News and World Report
March 2, 2015
Many American teens -- both boys and girls -- fall prey to physical and sexual abuse while dating, a new survey finds… Victims -- some of whom could also be perpetrators -- were at higher risk of problems such as suicidal behavior, bullying, risky sexual behavior and substance use, the researchers found.”

Teens Easily Buy E-Cigarettes Online, New Study Finds

USA Today
March 2, 1015
“Teens in the study were able to buy e-cigarettes online in 94% of attempts, according to a report published today in JAMA Pediatrics.”

Teen-LABS study explores safety, health effects of surgical weight loss procedures

News Medical
March 3, 2015
“Cardiovascular risks of severe pediatric obesity, assessed among adolescents participating in the "Teen Longitudinal Assessment of Bariatric Surgery" (Teen-LABS) study, were published this week in JAMA Pediatrics. Teen-LABS is a multi-center clinical study funded by the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) that is examining the safety and health effects of surgical weight loss procedures.”

Why Teen Women Of Color Are More Likely To Become Pregnant

Huffington PostMarch 5, 2015
“It’s a problem once thought to be intractable, and yet pregnancy and birth rates for black and Latina teens have dropped precipitously in the past two decades—at a much faster clip than that of white teens. Despite this, black and Latina girls are more than twice as likely as white girls to become pregnant before they leave adolescence.”

Teen Suicides by Hanging on the Rise Across U.S.

U.S. News and World Report
March 5, 2015
“Doctors and parents should be aware of the increased use of hanging as a means of teen suicide and take preventive measures, U.S. health officials say.”

Childhood sleep disorders: how do they affect health and well-being?

Medical News Today
March 5, 2015
“Although around 25-40% of children and adolescents in the US experience some form of sleep disorder, such conditions are often overlooked, with a lack of realization of just how important a good night's sleep is for a child's present and later-life health.”

Teen use of alcohol, tobacco continues to decrease, while interest grows in marijuana,

National Alcohol Beverage Control Association
March 14, 2015
"While more Washington teens consider alcohol use risky, fewer teens consider marijuana use to be risky, according to the state Healthy Youth Survey."

Major Depressive Episodes: Reaching Out to Adolescents

Pharmacy Times
March 16, 2015
“The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) watches adolescents—youths aged 12 to 17 years—quite closely because more than 9% of adolescents experience at least 1 major depressive episode (MDE) annually, and 6.3% are severely impaired by their depression, but only one-third of clinically depressed adolescents receive appropriate treatment.”

Suspension leads to more pot use among teens, study finds

Medical Xpress
March 20, 2014
“Suspending kids from school for using marijuana is likely to lead to more—not less—pot use among their classmates, a new study finds.”

Bringing chefs into school kitchens proves effective in randomized trial for healthy eating

Medical News Today
March 24, 2015
“Involving professional chefs in the creation of school meals - to make healthy choices more palatable to kids - has been tested in a randomized trial of the intervention, with the results showing a positive effect on the amount of fruit and vegetables consumed by children.”

New York City To Teens: TXT ME With Mental Health Worries

March 27, 2015
“The majority of teenagers with mental health issues don't get help. But maybe if help were just a text message away — they wouldn't be so hesitant to reach out. That's the thinking behind NYC Teen Text, a pilot program at 10 New York public high schools that allows teens to get help with mental health issues by text.”

Endometriosis Is Often Ignored in Teenage Girls
The New York Times
March 30, 2015
"Many young girls with endo, as it is called, do not find out until years later. In fact, research from the Endometriosis Association estimates that it can take up to 10 years from the onset of pain for a doctor to give a diagnosis of endometriosis, largely because many physicians do not believe the disease affects teenagers."


UN-Led Partnership Spurs Health Gains for Poor Women, Kids
Voice of America
March 10, 2015
“A United Nations-led partnership to accelerate improvements in health care has saved the lives of almost 2.4 million poor women and children since 2010 and continues to make gains, a new progress report says.”

Teens with HIV fare worse when parents don't come to clinic appointments

March 31, 2015
Teens with HIV do better at keeping the virus in check when their parents or guardians come with them for clinic visits, a study from Botswana suggests.”


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