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June 23, 2014 - Weekly Roundup Archive


June 23, 2014

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  • Do Minority Men Access Mental Health Treatment?
    Researchers from the Royal Holloway University have found that male members of ethnic minority groups take longer to recover from mental illness than do white men, because the minorities are reluctant to seek professional help.
    Decoded Science
    June 22, 2014

  • As Antidepressant Warnings Toughened, Teen Suicide Attempts Rose: Study
    Teen suicide attempts rose nearly 22 percent after the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) warned about dangers of antidepressants, a new study finds.
    Medline Plus
    June 19, 2013

  • 1,000 women of color want women and girls included in 'My Brother's Keeper'
    More than 1,000 women of color have signed a letter calling for gender equality in President Obama's "My Brother's Keeper" program, putting the White House on the defensive about its initiative aimed at improving the lives of at-risk boys and young men.
    Washington Post
    June 18, 2014

  • Obamacare May Mean Healthier Young Adults, Study Suggests
    Coverage through parent's plan might also protect against medical costs, researchers say.
    A popular provision of the Affordable Care Act that allows young adults to stay on a parent's health insurance plan up to age 26 may be good for their health and financial security, a large study suggests. Having that coverage is associated with a 6.2 percentage-point increase in the probability of young adults reporting excellent health and 4 percentage-point gain in mental health, compared with a group of somewhat older peers, the study authors said.
    June 17, 2014

  • Caffeine Affects Teen Boys, Girls Differently, Study Says
    Kids appear to process caffeine -- the stimulant in coffee, energy drinks and soda -- differently after puberty. Males then experience greater heart-rate and blood-pressure changes than females, a new study suggests. Although the differences are small, "even what we might consider low doses of caffeine can have an effect on heart rate and blood pressure in kids," said study lead author Jennifer Temple, an associate professor at the University at Buffalo in New York.
    Medline Plus
    June 16, 2014

  • Marriage, Cohabitation, and Men's Use of Preventive Health Care Services
    Among men aged 18–64, those who were married were more likely than cohabiting men and other not-married men to have had a health care visit in the past 12 months.
    Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
    June 15, 2014

  • Stricter Laws Might Reduce Aggressive Driving in Young Males: Study
    Stricter laws and more severe penalties for extreme speeding and aggressive driving appear to have dramatically reduced the number of speeding-related deaths and injuries among young men, a new study finds.
    Medline Plus
    June 14, 2014

  • Gay 'Hook-Up' Apps Tied to Higher STD Infection Rates: Study
    Men who use smartphones to locate new sex partners may be prone to riskier encounters, researchers say
    Gay men who use smartphone apps such as Grindr or Scruff to find sexual partners are more likely to acquire certain sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) than if they meet partners in bars or clubs, a new study suggests.
    Medline Plus
    June 13, 2014

International News


  • Canada: Schools axe 'he' and 'she' in favour of 'xe'
    The school board in the Canadian city has approved a new policy which allows pupils to be referred to as "xe, xem and xyr" instead of "he or she", "him or her", and "his or hers". "We're standing up for kids and making our schools safer and more inclusive," board member Mike Lombardi told the Vancouver Sun. Another change will allow children to choose to use any toilet facilities they prefer, including a mandatory unisex option.
    June 18, 2014

  • The Guys Crisis: Boys are falling badly behind the girls at school
    Boys in elementary school have already, on average, fallen well behind girls in literacy skills. Boys still outperform girls in sciences and math but the gap is shrinking. By high school, girls' grade point average outshines that of boys. In Canada, ­women make up almost 60 per cent of university students. In 2011, 14,185 B.C. males aged 20-24 had no high school diploma, according to Statistics Canada.
    The Province
    June 16, 2014


  • Kenya: Boys 'Left Behind As Girls Favoured' in Education
    Commissioner Nyokabi said boys are denied their rights including the right to education because attention has shifted to girls' education. "The boy child is losing out. He is being neglected. The boy child is increasingly involved in economic activities, drugs and substance abuse," she said. Nyokabi was speaking during the Kitui Central subcounty Day of the African Child celebrations yesterday. She said boys do not benefit from the free primary education.
    June 17, 2014


  • Boys doing better in all-boys' schools
    NCEA data from 2010 to 2012 shows boys in state and state-integrated all-boys' schools are performing higher in NCEA level 2 assessments, university entrance and scholarship exams. The percentage of school boys leaving single sex schools without qualifications is much lower than in co-ed schools.
    June 17, 2014