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December 9, 2013 - Weekly Roundup Archive


December 9, 2013

News Clips

  • Teen suicide: A survivor's story – 'There are solutions'
    Teen suicide is more often the stuff of headlines than are the stories of lives saved. Troy Bush is one such story – his suicide attempt has informed his own efforts as an adult to help in prevention.
    Christian Science Monitor
    December 8, 2013

  • More than half of adolescent psychiatric disorders untreated
    Most young people with psychiatric disorders such as phobias and anxiety do not receive treatment, according to an analysis published in Psychiatric Services.
    December 6, 2013

  • Boy Is Beautiful
    I will say that while I applaud the efforts to make sure that boys who don’t fit the “traditional” boy mold are not picked on and are truly accepted for who they are, I feel that we must extend this same tolerance to boys who do act in the more traditional ways. Otherwise we run the risk of making them feel that there is something wrong with them.
    The Good Men Project
    December 6, 2013

  • HPV common among sexually active young gay men
    Gay teenagers who have had at least four sexual partners are at increased risk of contracting human papillomavirus (HPV), a new study suggests. At least half of sexually active people get HPV at some point in their lives, according to theCenters for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Previous research has suggested most adult gay men have the sexually transmitted infection. HPV is usually cleared by the immune system but can cause genital warts and anal cancer, as well as cervical cancer among women. "In this study we found rates of anal infection increased rapidly with increasing numbers of partners with whom they have received anal sex," senior author Marcus Y. Chen said. "The virus is presumably being transmitted from penis to anus."
    Chicago Tribune
    December 5, 2013

  • More Than 6 Percent of U.S. Teens Take Psychiatric Meds: Survey
    Slightly more than 6 percent of U.S. teens take prescription medications for a mental health condition such as depression or attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), a new survey shows.
    December 4, 2013

  • One or two hours of sports each day best for teens
    Researchers found adolescents tended to be worse off if they played sports for only a couple of hours per week, or if they practiced close to three hours each day or more.
    Medline Plus
    December 4, 2013

  • Suicide Try While Young a 'Red Flag' for Lifelong Struggles, Study Finds
    Strong response, follow-up needed after young people try to kill themselves
    People who attempt suicide before their mid-20s are at increased risk for mental and physical health problems later in life, a new study finds. "The suicide attempt is a powerful predictor" of later-life trouble, said Sidra Goldman-Mellor, of the Center for Developmental Science at the University of North Carolina, who worked on the study with Duke University researchers. "We think it's a very powerful red flag."
    Medline Plus
    December 4, 2013

  • How to spot boys with the blues
    ABOUT one in six of us will experience full-blown depression in our lifetime. However while women are more likely to talk to others about how they are feeling, men may express their depression in ways that are harder to spot.
    December 3, 2013

  • New HIV Strain May Move to AIDS More Quickly: Study
    Researchers say period from infection to disease takes about 5 years
    A recently discovered, aggressive strain of HIV leads to faster development of AIDS than other HIV strains, according to a new study. More than 60 epidemic strains of HIV-1 exist. This new strain has the shortest period from infection to the development of AIDS, at about five years, according to researchers at Lund University, in Sweden.
    Medline Plus
    December 3, 2013

  • Ecstasy Use on Rise Again Among U.S. Teens: Report
    The number of U.S. teens who wind up in the emergency room after taking the club drug Ecstasy has more than doubled in recent years, raising concerns that the hallucinogen is back in vogue, federal officials report. Emergency room visits related to MDMA -- known as Ecstasy in pill form and Molly in the newer powder form -- increased 128 percent between 2005 and 2011 among people younger than 21. Visits rose from about roughly 4,500 to more than 10,000 during that time, according to a report released Tuesday by the U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.
    Medline Plus
    December 3, 2013

  • Education and Health in Schools: A Survey of Parents
    POLL: Parents give schools low grades for their lack of focus on physical activity and have mixed views about the health of food available at school.
    Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
    December 2, 2013

  • Early Risk Factors for ADHD Similar in Boys and Girls
    Despite the well-documented sex difference in the prevalence of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), when it comes to early perinatal risk factors, there seems to be little variance between boys and girls, new research suggests. Contrary to other studies, new results from a population-based,record linkage, case-control study show that low birth weight, post-term pregnancy, low Apgar scores, and fetal distress were not factors for ADHD irrespective of sex.
    Medscape Multispecialty
    December 2, 2013

  • Jane Fonda on the Plight of Boys (video)
    They Asked If She Had Anything Else She Wanted To Say To The Audience. That's When She Talked about Boys.
    December 1, 2013

  • REPORT, CDC: HIV Testing and Risk Behaviors Among Gay, Bisexual, and Other Men Who Have Sex with Men — United States
    Although MSM are a small proportion of the population, they represent the majority of persons diagnosed with HIV in nearly every U.S. state. Unprotected anal sex in the last 12 months increased nearly 20% among MSM from 2005 to 2011. MSM unaware of their HIV-positive status were more than twice as likely to have unprotected discordant anal sex at last sex as MSM who were either HIV-negative or HIV-positive aware. Only 67% of MSM had tested for HIV in the past 12 months.
    November 29, 2013

International News





  • Suicidal tendencies among youth
    The reasons behind a teen’s suicide or attempted suicide can be complex. Although suicide is relatively rare among children, the rate of suicides and suicide attempts increases tremendously during adolescence. The risk of suicide increases dramatically when kids and teens have access to firearms at home.
    Pakistan Observer
    December 10, 2013