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August 4, 2014 - Weekly Roundup Archive


August 4, 2014

News Clips

  • New Report on Children's Health and the ACA
    Lack of Comparability Between CHIP and ACA Qualified Health Plans
    The National Alliance to Advance Adolescent Health
    NOTE: The Alliance is a member of The Partnership for Male Youth

  • Brief Screening Guages Teenage Substance Abuse risk
    "This new screen substantially simplifies practice guidelines.  The answer that an adolescent gives to the frequency question immediately points clinicians to the appropriate intervention.  In fact, we call the tool “S2BI” – which stands for “Screening to Brief Intervention”.  Because it is brief and very clear cut, we hope that S2BI will encourage more clinicians to use a validated tool when they screen so that they don’t miss problems associated with substance use as often happens when even experienced clinicians “screen” based on clinical instincts alone."
    July 29, 2014

  • The U.S. suffers from lifespan inequality gap, Stanford researcher says
    Stanford researcher Shripad Tuljapurkar found that a lifespan inequality gap continues in countries like the United States even while life expectancy is increasing. One reason is that America's mortality rate among young males is not getting better. Better access to health care would improve the situation.
    Stanford News
    July 28, 2014

  • Lessons In Manhood: A Boys' School Turns Work Into Wonders
    This summer, All Things Considered has been taking a look at the changing lives of men in America. And that means talking about how the country educates boys.
    In Berkeley, Calif., a private, non-profit middle school called the East Bay School for Boys is trying to reimagine what it means to build confident young men. In some ways, the school's different approach starts with directing, not stifling, boys' frenetic energy.
    July 27, 2014

  • Human Papillomavirus Vaccination Coverage Among Adolescents, 2007–2013, and Postlicensure Vaccine Safety Monitoring, 2006–2014 — United States
    Despite availability of safe and effective HPV vaccines, the main reasons reported for not vaccinating teens against HPV underscore that addressing knowledge gaps among parents as well as increasing clinicians' HPV vaccination recommendations are critical to protecting teens against HPV-associated cancers and genital warts. In 2013, the percentage of parents who reported receiving a recommendation for the HPV vaccine increased. Nevertheless, it is concerning that approximately one third of parents of girls and over half of parents of boys reported that their child's clinician had not recommended that their child receive an HPV vaccination. The lack of a clinician recommendation among parents of boys might reflect knowledge limitations among clinicians because the recommendation for routine HPV vaccination for boys has only been in place since December 2011. HPV infections can cause serious, life-threatening cancers among men (3); it is important to continue to educate vaccination providers and parents to ensure that adolescent boys are protected from HPV-associated cancers and genital warts.
    Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
    July 25, 2014

  • Safe and effective vaccine that prevents cancer continues to be underutilized
    Latest vaccination coverage estimates for adolescents show only small increase for HPV vaccine
    CDC officials announced today that the number of girls and boys aged 13-17 years receiving human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine remains unacceptably low despite a slight increase in vaccination coverage since 2012, according to data from CDC′s 2013 National Immunization Survey-Teen (NIS-Teen) published in this week's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR).
    Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
    July 24, 2014