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July 21, 2014 - Weekly Roundup Archive


July 21, 2014

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  • D.C. schools hire expert to help improve outcomes for African American boys
    Simmons said he has been tasked with co-leading the school system’s nascent initiative to improve outcomes for African American males, whose graduation rate — 38 percent — lags far behind the city average. He will also examine research from around the country to identify effective programs that could work in the District.
    Washington Post
    July 17, 2014

  • Investing in sexual and reproductive health of 10 to 14 year olds yields lifetime benefits
    Age 10 to 14 years, a time when both girls and boys are constructing their own identities and are typically open to new ideas and influences, provides a unique narrow window of opportunity for parents, teachers, healthcare providers and others to facilitate transition into healthy teenage and adulthood years according to researchers from Georgetown University's Institute for Reproductive Health who note the lack worldwide of programs to help children of this age navigate passage from childhood to adulthood.
    Science Codex
    July 17, 2014

  • Prostate cancer among young up six times in 20 years
    Typically, prostate cancer occurs more frequently as men age into their 70s or 80s, but a US-based analysis has found that the number of younger men diagnosed with prostate cancer has increased nearly six-fold in the last 20 years. And the disease is more likely to be aggressive in these younger men, the study said. 
    July 16, 2014

  • Dating violence common among male, female adolescents
    Male and female adolescents are both at risk of experiencing dating violence, whether as aggressors, victims or both, according to recent study findings published in Annals of Emergency Medicine.
    July 16, 2014

  • Young Men Want Intimacy Too
    Teenage boys have only one thing on their mind, or so the saying goes. But a new study published in the American Journal of Men’s Health based on interviews with 33 14-to-16-year-old boys suggest that adolescent males actually do desire the intimacy of a relationship over sex. Researchers at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health interviewed young men recruited from a clinic for low-income, Medicaid-eligible, predominantly African American adolescents who lose their virginity at an earlier age than the national average. The researchers intentionally focused on this single demographic because African American males, according to previous studies, are more likely than white or Latino males to value “masculine norms” such as sexual aggression, a preoccupation with self-satisfaction and objectification of women.
    July 16, 2014

  • Young Hispanic men face rising testicular cancer rates
    Testicular cancer rates are increasing more than three percent per year among young Hispanic men, at a time when rates among non-Hispanic white men are remaining steady, according to a new study.Testicular tumors are already among the most common cancers for men between 15 and 39 years old. But they are also among the most curable, with more than 90 percent of men living at least 10 years after diagnosis. 
    Chicago Tribune
    July 14, 2014

  • National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners joins The Partnership for Male Youth
    The Partnership for Male Youth has announced that the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners (NAPNAP) is its newest Partner, bringing the number of Partners to 21 organizations. 
    With over 7,500 members, NAPNAP is the professional association for PNPs and other advanced practice nurses who care for children. Established in 1973, NAPNAP has been actively advocating for children's health by: providing funding, education, and research opportunities to PNPs; and producing and distributing educational materials to parents and families. NAPNAP prides itself in the caliber of its members, which includes national child health care experts, respected authors, distinguished faculty, and practicing professionals.
    July 11, 2014

  • Changing the Odds for Boys and Men of Color
    Together, these efforts are helping to spark a frank, national dialogue about the intersections between criminal justice policy and racial bias and inequality. As the My Brother's Keeper's taskforce report points out, in schools, in communities and in courtrooms, boys and young men of color are less likely to be given a second chance, and are much more likely to receive harsher punishments and be victimized by crime.
    Huffington Post
    July 10, 2014

  • Boys Kissing Boys
    My heart broke for this six-year-old friend -- normally quite sensitive -- whose parents are progressive and gay-friendly and all the other stuff that is supposed to equip a boy to be OK with hugging and smooching his male friends. My heart broke as I saw perhaps the first seed being planted in my son's head -- that kissing your friends isn't cool; a seed I fear will grow and spread and cause him to withhold kisses from his dear, old dad in the not too distant future.
    Huffington Post
    July 8, 2014

  • Obama’s Plan to Aid Black Men and Boys Will Be a Boon to Other Groups, Too
    Studies of how Americans view boys and men of color, and particularly black boys and men of color, show strong empirical evidence that many people, at an implicit level, do not see boys and men of color as family or as deserving of regard and care. If this were just a matter of individual feeling, it would be of some interest, but only to a limited extent. We are talking not just about how we feel about each other individually but also how we do so collectively through our structures and policies.
    The Chronicle of Philanthropy
    July 8, 2014

  • School Sports May Be A Good Preventive Treatment For Depression, Stress In Teens
    Sports teach teamwork, discipline, time management, and sacrifice among many other life skills. But now researchers are finding that teens who play sports are less stressed and have better mental health. Canadian researchers published a recent study, which showed that sports teams could be used as a protective treatment against stress and depression in early adulthood. 
    July 6, 2014

  • New Data Brief Reveals Characteristics of Uninsured Minority Men
    A new data brief released by the Office of Minority Health at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services during Men's Health Month examines the characteristics of uninsured adult males by race and ethnicity, using the most recent data from the 2012 American Community Survey. Findings from the survey, which include information on social and economic factors, such as poverty and education level, that influence insurance coverage, should be considered in developing strategies to increase insurance coverage and access to care for minority adult males.
    July 6, 2014

International News


  • How boys become men in a world of online porn, social media and sexts
    Teenagers having sex is hardly news. The most recent data - La Trobe University's fifth National Survey of Australian Secondary Students and Sexual Health - shows that a quarter of year 10 students, a third of year 11s and half of all year 12s have done it. Technology has brought changes, too, with sexting - sending explicit photographs by mobile phone - now ''a common part of teenage sexual behaviour and courtship''.
    Sydney Morning Herald
    July 18, 2014


  • Study shows HPV vaccination for boys not yet cost-effective
    HPV vaccination of New Zealand school boys is not yet a value-for-money option, according to a study just published by the University of Otago, Wellington. Until the vaccine price drops and various other cost-saving strategies are also adopted - such as using just two doses rather than the current three doses of vaccine - the Government should focus on increasing HPV vaccination uptake in girls at schools, the authors say. One of the study’s authors, Associate Professor Nick Wilson, says New Zealand has "some way to go" to catch up to the coverage levels of over 80% of school girls seen in some other countries such as the UK.
    July 14, 2014


  • What are the benefits of a single sex education?
    "Lots of research shows that boys benefit from having girls around. Girls do not benefit from having boys around in the same way." It’s a debate worth having: single-sex secondary schools are becoming increasingly scarce, so parents are more likely to make a positive choice to send their child to one.
    July 8, 2014