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June 2, 2014 - Weekly Roundup Archive


June 2, 2014

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  • Boston: Minority Boys Need City's Attention
    A sobering study completed recently by Tufts University Professor James Jennings predicts a nightmare for the city's black and Latino boys as they approach adulthood, posing the question: "If we don't [intervene] then how can Boston become a great city for all?"
    Boston Herald
    May 30, 2014

  • Teenaged boys become first joint US spelling champions in half a century
    Two American teenagers of South Asian descent made spelling history on Thursday when they became the first co-winners of the Scripps National Spelling Bee in more than half a century. Ansun Sujoe, 13, and Sriram Hathwar, 14, hoisted the glittering gold cup together after they saw off 10 other finalists before taking turns to exhaust the competition's demanding word list.
    Gulf Times
    May 30, 2014

  • Cialis Raises Hopes for Boys with DMD
    Tadalafil, also known as Cialis and Adcirca, is a drug designed to increase blood pressure in the lungs and help erectile dysfunction (ED). Although it is not a cure for ED, tadalafil has raised the hope for those suffering from Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD), a fatal genetic condition that affects boys.
    May 30, 2014

  • Administration Lays Out Ways Groups Can Support Program for Minority Men
    The Obama administration announced recommendations on Friday on how public and private entities can participate in a White House initiative meant to support minority men and boys, including a move to focus on summer jobs and recruit adults who can serve as mentors.
    New York Times
    May 30, 2014

  • Magic Johnson to help lead effort for black and Hispanic young men
    President Obama will announce Friday that he has tasked former basketball star and entrepreneur Earvin "Magic" Johnson with co-leading a private effort focused on supporting boys and young men of color. Johnson will join Joe Echevarria, chief executive of Deloitte, in captaining the effort, known as "My Brother's Keeper."
    Washington Post
    May 30, 2014

  • Obama urges national commitment to help boys of color
    On Friday, the White House released the task force's first report -- a recitation of the challenges faced by young black, Hispanic and Native American males struggling with a legacy of poverty and accompanying hardship, as well as ways to help them persevere and succeed.
    May 30, 2014

  • 'Concerning pattern' of teen boys regularly viewing online porn: Canadian study
    A survey of thousands of young Canadian students across the country found a "concerning pattern" of teenaged boys seeking out pornography regularly, according to the non-profit organization MediaSmarts, while accounts of "sexting" were also commonplace.
    Montreal Gazette
    May 29, 2014

  • Boys Are Just as Likely as Girls to Send Sexts of Themselves, Reveals a New Study on Young People, Sexuality and the Internet
    There is little gender difference in those youth who have sent a sext of themselves - defined as "a sexy, nude or partially nude photo" - to someone, although sexts of boys are more likely to be forwarded,- according to a study of Canadian students released today by MediaSmarts. Boys are also more likely than girls to have forwarded a sext sent to them and are twice as likely to report having received a sext that was forwarded by someone other than the original creator.
    Digital Journal
    May 29, 2014

  • The Almost Forgotten Sex Crime Victims: Boys
    Discussion about the plight of sexually victimized boys and young male teens has been virtually absent from the national conversation. We all understand the horror and lifelong scars a rape can cause to, say, a 12-year-old female. But there remains this idea that if it happens to a 12-year-old boy they are somehow more able to handle it, less psychologically damaged by the victimization. Some of the ill-informed even believe the boy is "lucky" to have been introduced to the joys of sex so early. 
    Nothing could be further from the truth.
    Huffington Post
    May 29, 2014

  • Youth Sports Concussions Initiatives Announced by White House
    Initiatives by public and private sector organizations related to youth sports concussions, some of which were announced Thursday by President Barack Obama:
    ABC News
    May 29, 2014

  • Lifting Up Black Boys: What the Experts Say
    They had come for the 8th annual conference of an organization called Coalition of Schools Educating Boys of Color, known in the trade as COSEBOC (pronounced like "close block" without the L's). Over the last decade, COSEBOC has become known as the nation's leading repository for research and practices that work best in educating black boys, and the crowd at Jackson state was the largest COSEBOC has drawn in the eight years of the conference.
    Jackson Free Press
    May 28, 2014

  • The brain's reaction to male odor shifts at puberty in children with gender dysphoria
    The brains of children with gender dysphoria react to androstadienone, a musky-smelling steroid produced by men, in a way typical of their biological sex, but after puberty according to their experienced gender, finds a study for the first time in the open-access journal Frontiers in Endocrinology. Around puberty, the testes of men start to produce androstadienone, a breakdown product of testosterone. Men release it in their sweat, especially from the armpits. Its only known function is to work like a pheromone: when women smell androstadienone, their mood tends to improve, their blood pressure, heart rate, and breathing go up, and they may become aroused.
    Science Codex
    May 28, 2014

  • SORRY BOYS: Watch a lot of porn? Your brain might suffer 
    Men who get their fix on the regular tend to have reduced brain buzzing in certain areas, scientists say. It's the first study linking porn and a reduction in brain size and activity.
    It's not clear, for example, whether watching porn leads to brain changes or whether people born with certain brain types watch more porn, said Simone Kühn, the study's lead author from the Max Planck Institute for Human Development in Berlin, in an email.
    New York Daily News
    May 28, 2014

  • Psychiatric risks differ for boys and girls: brain blood flow diverges in puberty
    Though cerebral blood flow levels decrease in the same way for both boys and girls before puberty, new research reveals that they differ significantly during puberty; levels increase in females and decrease in males. Researchers say their findings give clues to sex-specific susceptibilities to certain psychiatric disorders, such as depression, anxiety and schizophrenia.
    Medical News Today
    May 28, 2014

  • Doctors call for stricter limits on checking in youth hockey
    Body checking should be kept out of youth hockey until boys are at least 15 years old, pediatricians said on Monday. Even then, they added, it should be restricted to the highest levels of competition. 
    New York Times
    May 27, 2014

International News


  • Lebanon, a land of fat boys: study
    After ranking highly on a string of top 10 lists, Lebanon can now add being one of the fattest countries for young boys to its list of achievements.
    Daily Star 
    May 29, 2014