• 11 Aug 2015 3:22 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    International Youth Day: August 12, 2015
    The 2015 International Youth Day theme is Youth Civic Engagement. Youth Civic Engagement is the main goal of the UN’s System-Wide Action Plan on Youth, which seeks to promote young people’s effective inclusive civic engagement. Recently there has been more focus on youth civic engagement by governments, UN entities, regional and multilateral organizations, youth advocates, researchers, and young people. (The Lancet Youth, 8/4)

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  • 11 Aug 2015 3:20 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    Studying Deterrence Among High-Risk Adolescents
    The Pathways to Desistance study followed more than 1,300 serious juvenile offenders for 7 years after their conviction. The authors present some key findings on the link between perceptions of the threat of sanctions and deterrence from crime among serious adolescent offenders. They also found there was no meaningful reduction in offending or arrests in response to more severe punishment. (Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, 8/5)

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  • 11 Aug 2015 3:17 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    FOMO Is Making Teens Terrible Drivers
    A new study goes beyond bad behaviors of texting while driving to investigate the motivations behind them. When it comes to teen drivers at least, it appears the culprit is an ascendant cultural plague: FOMO or the fear of missing out. Teen drivers said they feel pressure to respond immediately to texts even while driving and that they can’t help but peek at their phones when notifications pop up in their apps. (Time, 8/4)

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  • 11 Aug 2015 3:14 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    A New Type of ADHD? Head Injuries in Children Linked to Long-Term Attention Problems Children who suffer an injury to the brain, even a minor one, are more likely to experience attention issues, according to a recent study. Researchers looked at children, ages 6 to 13, who suffered from traumatic brain injuries ranging from a concussion to losing consciousness. They found that those with TBI had more lapses in attention and issues, such as anxiety, a tendency to internalize their problems and slower processing speed. (The Washington Post, 8/3)

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  • 11 Aug 2015 3:09 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    Obese Kids a Universal Target for Bullies “Being fat” is seen as the most common reason why children are bullied, a new study reveals. Schools should raise awareness about, and take more action to reduce, weight-related bullying, according to 75-87% of the 2,800 adults survived.  About three-quarters of the respondents said governments should strengthen existing anti-bullying laws to include measures to combat weight-related bullying. (HealthDay News, 8/2)

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  • 11 Aug 2015 3:00 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    Exercise During Teens Reaps Long-Term Benefits for Women, Study Shows Playing team sports and exercising during adolescence can have long-lasting benefits for women and may even reduce their risk of dying from cancer and other causes later in life, a new study showed. Researchers found that women who were active for just 1.3 hours a week while in their teens had a 16 % lower risk of dying from cancer and a 15% decreased risk of death from all causes. (Reuters, 7/31)

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  • 11 Aug 2015 2:58 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    Low-Income Teens Have Best Shot At Getting HPV Vaccine When it comes to getting the HPV vaccine to protect against cervical cancer, teens below the poverty line are doing better than the rest, according to data released by the CDC. Among teenage girls ages 13-17 whose total family income was below the federal poverty line, 67.2% have received the first dose of HPV vaccine, compared to 57.7% for those at or above the poverty line. For teen boys, it’s 51.6% compared to 39.5%. (NPR, 7/30)

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  • 11 Aug 2015 2:57 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    Most Adolescents Feel Better After Gastric Bypass
    Teenagers suffering from severe obesity generally feel worse than their peers, but after undergoing gastric bypass nearly all experience improved mental health. One in five, however, still suffers from symptoms of depression, some quite seriously according to a new study published in Obesity. The study is the largest two-year follow-up in the world regarding mental health in adolescents who have undergone gastric bypass. (Science Daily, 7/30)

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  • 11 Aug 2015 2:54 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Adolescent ED Visits for Self-Harm Increase Self-harm among adolescents is growing, according to a study published in Pediatrics, that gathered information using the National Trauma Data Bank, looking at patients ages 10 to 18 from 2009 to 2012. Results showed ED visits for self-inflicted injury increased from 1.1% in 2009 to 1.6% in 2012. Self-inflicted firearm visits decreased from 27.3% in 2009 to 21.9% in 2012. The most common mechanism in males was firearm (34.4%) and in females, cut/pierce at 48%. (Nurses.com, 7/28)

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  • 11 Aug 2015 2:43 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Eating Disorders Five Times More Prevalent in Transgender College Students, Study Finds

    A new article published in the August issue of The Journal of Adolescent Health, the official journal of the Society for Adolescent Health and Medicine, finds the prevalence of eating disorders in transgender college students is far greater than any cisgender man or woman. Transgender students responded that they had been diagnosed with an eating disorder in the past year at an alarming rate of 15.82%. (LGBT Weekly, 8/2)

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