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February 4, 2014 - Weekly Roundup Archive


February 4, 2014

News Clips

  • Teens who consume energy drinks more likely to use alcohol and drugs
    Nearly one-third of US adolescents consume high-caffeine energy drinks or "shots," and these teens report higher rates of alcohol, cigarette, or drug use, reports a study in the January/February Journal of Addiction Medicine, the official journal of the American Society of Addiction Medicine.
    Eureka Alert
    February 4, 2014

  • Teen male sexual health: What should they know?
    True, they don't have menstrual cramps and can't get pregnant. Nevertheless, teen males may have sexual health issues of their own. Some may be normal variants while others may be abnormal and need medical attention. Here are several; note that some of the links below are to medical illustrations and drawings.
    February 4, 2014

  • Gay Teen Boys More Likely to Use Muscle-Building Steroids: Survey
    Gay and bisexual teen boys in the United States are much more likely to have used muscle-building steroids -- and to have used them heavily -- than their heterosexual counterparts, a new study suggests.
    February 3, 2014

  • Single-sex education unlikely to offer advantage over coed schools, research finds
    Single-sex education does not educate girls and boys any better than coed schools, according to research published by the American Psychological Association analyzing 184 studies of more than 1.6 million students from around the world. The findings are published online Feb. 3 in the APA journal Psychological Bulletin.
    Science COdex
    February 3, 2014

  • Obama's 34 Words That Matter Most
    No one paid much attention when he said he would appeal for more help for young men of color, but those could prove the most important words of the State of the Union.
    The Daily Beast
    February 2, 2014

  • Many College Students Fear Going Hungry at Some Point: Survey
    Nearly six in 10 students at an Oregon university could not afford to get enough healthy food at one point in the school year, a problem that threatens their school performance as well as their physical and emotional health, researchers say.
    Medline Plus
    January 31, 2014

  • Treatment Often Inadequate for Children With Anxiety Disorders, Study Finds
    Less than half of children and young adults who undergo treatment for anxiety get long-term relief from their symptoms, a new study finds.
    Health Day
    January 29, 2014

  • Substance Abuse and Risky Sexual Behavior Decrease Among Latino Youth When Parents Communicate
    Effective parenting in the lives of maturing Hispanic youth is essential when intending to prevent problem behaviors such as the use and abuse of substances and risky sexual behaviors. Without proper parental guidance, Hispanic youth suffer increased risk of contracting HIV because they will likely engage in drug use and risky sex, a new study from the University of Michigan indicated.
    Latin Post
    January 29, 2014

  • Sexual Problems Affect Young Adults Too
    Sex problems do not only affect middle age and older people — teens and young adults have difficulties with sex too, a new study from Canada shows.
    Live Science
    January 28, 2014

  • Kids Bullied During Gym Class May Stop Exercising
    Children who are bullied during gym classes or while doing other types of exercise and sports are less likely to be physically active, a new study finds.
    Medline Plus
    January 27, 2013

  • Putting the man in contraceptive mandate
    While the mandate is a landmark for women's health care, it has not yet directly addressed a role for men. Male involvement is often either absent or a late addition to reproductive policies, as seen with past developments in sexual health such as emergency contraception,the human papillomavirus vaccine and expedited partner therapy for sexually transmitted infections. As written currently, the ACA does not direct insurance carriers to reimburse for vasectomy nor prospective male contraceptives or counseling.
    Contraception Journal
    January 2014

  • What Happens to Depressed Adolescents?
    The high rate of recurrence of depressive symptoms, emergence of nondepressive disorders, and ongoing psychosocial challenges point to the need for a longer-term view of the management of adolescents with depressive disorders. 
    Psychiatric Times, December 30, 2013

International News


  • Vaccination campaign: The HPV jab that would save boys' lives
    HPV Action, which has attracted the high-profile backing of leading charities and a medical royal college, wants the national vaccination programme against the human papilloma virus (HPV), currently only available to girls aged 12 to 13, to be extended to boys, amid growing evidence of the virus's role in causing cancers of the mouth and throat.
    The Independent
    February 4, 2014