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September 16, 2014 - Weekly Roundup Archive


September 16, 2014

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  • Physical Activity Linked to Academic Performance in Boys
    Being active has been tied to improving both physical and mental health. In a new study conducted in Finland, researchers examined how physical activity levels affected academic performance in young boys. The team reported that boys who were more physically active tended to have better academic achievements.
    Counsel and Heal
    September 11, 2014

  • Esquire Partners With 3 Agencies to Promote Male Mentorship
    ESQUIRE magazine is teaming up again with Madison Avenue for a new cause-marketing initiative, seeking to encourage more adult men to mentor boys and young men.
    New York Times
    September 11. 2014

  • Estrogen Receptor Expression Could Explain Why Males Are More Likely To Have Autism
    The reason that girls are less likely than boys to suffer from autism may have something to do with the same sex hormone receptor responsible for helping protect them from stroke, according to new research published Tuesday in the journal Molecular Autism. In what is being called the first analysis of the role of estrogen in autism, experts from the Medical College of Georgia at Georgia Regents University examined the brains of people with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) and compared them to control subjects. They found that ASD was associated with far lower levels of estrogen receptor beta.
    September 10, 2014

    1 In 5 Times, A Man Can't Buy The Morning-After Pill
    Study Director, David Bell, MD, MPH, also serves as co-chair of The Partnership for Male Youth
    January study from Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health sent male "mystery shoppers" to 158 pharmacies in three neighborhoods of New York City to buy emergency contraception, such as Plan B, which is an effective way to avoid an unintended pregnancy in the event of something like rape or a condom breaking during sex. The study found that only 81 percent of the pharmacies would give emergency contraception to the male shoppers. At 19 percent of the pharmacies, the male shoppers couldn't obtain contraception.
    Huffington Post
    September 12, 2014

  • Report Outlines ‘Must-Have’ Sexual Health Services for Men
    Lead author, Arik Marcell, MD, MPH, serves as co-chair of The Partnership for Male Youth
    The report, released on Sept. 9, is designed for primary care clinicians, male health specialists and health officials, and outlines steps to fix the problem. Among other recommendations the document enumerates the reproductive and sexual health screening tests, exams and interventions that all men should receive regularly. The report also offers guidance to clinicians on how to discuss reproductive and sexual health issues, including how to prevent unplanned pregnancies and sexually transmitted infections.
    September 9, 2014

  • The other gender gap; Universities should create plans to increase graduation rates of minority male students
    According to The Chronicle of Higher Education, minority male students are much more likely to drop out of college, particularly black male students. A report released Tuesday makes several recommendations of how to solve this problem, and these recommendations come from researchers at seven different universities.
    Cavalier Daily
    September 4, 2014

  • UW-Madison education research lab calls for changes to boost outcomes for black boys and men
    Better training and more accountability are needed to improve the educational opportunities for black men and boys from pre-K through college, says an emerging coalition of education research centers, including the Wisconsin Equity and Inclusion Laboratory.
    September 4, 2014

  • Morehouse, other colleges offer advice for helping young boys, men
    Professors from Morehouse College’s Research Institute, along with national experts from six other university-based policy centers, have released a report outlining 15 federal policy recommendations aimed at improving educational experiences and outcomes for young males of color.
    Atlanta Journal Constitution
    September 3, 2014

  • Boys running-based program spreading across the county
    Let Me Run is a seven-week program for boys in fourth through eighth grades that uses running to promote healthy self-esteem, friendships and lifestyles. Fall and winter sessions are offered, and participants finish with a 5K race. Registration is now underway for the fall 2014 season in Gaston County. Ashley Armistead, a mother of two boys, founded Let Me Run Inc. in Charlotte in 2008, and the nonprofit now supervises programs in 17 states.
    Gaston Gazette
    August 31, 2014

  • Neglected Boys are More Likely to be Violent Teens
    Parental neglect during childhood—not physical abuse—is the strongest predictor of violent behavior during a boy’s teen years, according to a study of incarcerated male adolescents.
    Epoch Times
    August 31, ,2014

  • Testosterone Study: Exposure to Phtalate, Found in Plastic, Can Reduce Levels
    Phthalate is a chemical that's commonly found in plastic and some personal care products. It is known to have many negative effects on a person's mental and physical health. In a new study by researchers from the University of Michigan, it was found that adults and young boys exposed to high levels of phthalates have reduced levels of testosterone in their blood compared to those with lower exposure to the chemical.
    August 30, 2014

  • Risky Teenage Boy Behavior Explained
    Based on magnetic resonance imaging, researchers found that unlike children or adults, teenage boys show enhanced activity in the part of the brain that controls emotions when confronted with a threat. There is even a part in the limbic brain of adolescent males that tells them to react to a situation even when they might be warned not to.
    Nature World News
    August 29, 2014

  • Teen Boys More Likely to Receive Mental Health Services
    "This finding may be due, in part, to the higher prevalence among boys of externalizing and developmental conditions such as attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and autism spectrum disorders, which negatively affect their school achievement and participations," write the investigators, led by Lindsey I. Jones, MPH, from the CDC.
    Medscape Mulitspecialty
    August 28, 2014

  • Young Driver's Gender May Play Role in Timing, Type of Crash
    When, where crash happened affected by whether male or female was behind the wheel, study finds
    Young women were 66 percent more likely to wear a seat belt, 28 percent more likely to drive on a restricted license and they had more crashes at intersections and with pedestrians. They were also more likely to have crashes on weekdays. Young men, on the other hand, had more crashes at night, more off-road crashes and were more likely to have crashes on weekends, according to the study published recently in the Journal of Safety Research.
    Health Day
    August 28, 2014

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