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Archive for the ‘Children and Teens’ Category

Weight gain may be faster during summer break

Monday, June 16th, 2014

A new systematic review in Preventing Chronic Disease suggests that weight gain often accelerates during summer break, especially among children who are already overweight or black or Hispanic.

Read the article:

Access resources for preventing childhood obesity at MedlinePlus:

Lungtropolis: helping children manage their asthma

Monday, June 9th, 2014

Lungtropolis is an online game from the American Lung Association. The game helps children between the ages of five and ten learn how to control their asthma. While fighting the “mucus mob,” they watch videos and get valuable tips. Resources for parents are included.

Find Lungtropolis and other resources for parents and caregivers at the MedlinePlus Health Topic Page: Asthma in Children

Kids in hot cars: don’t leave them alone!

Monday, June 9th, 2014

Last year, 44 children died of heatstroke, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Children can die of heatstroke in cars even in mild weather and even if the car is parked in a shady area.

The NHTSA’s website has fact sheets, sample letters to the editor and other materials for disseminating information about heatstroke:

This month’s consumer health handout from the American Public Health Association focuses on child safety, vehicles and health. The reprintable handout is available in English and Spanish:

New sexual and reproductive health resource for young women with epilepsy

Monday, June 9th, 2014

GirlsWithNerve a new site by Ibis Reproductive Health, provides reliable reproductive and sexual health information for teenaged girls with epilepsy. The site was developed with significant input from the target population and includes information about periods, dating, and birth control, with special considerations for women with epilepsy.

Ibis also has a contraceptive decision making guide for women with epilepsy:

Read more about the resource at Our Bodies, Our Blog:

Prevent prescription drug abuse

Monday, June 2nd, 2014

June is National Safety Month. Week 1’s theme is: Prevent prescription drug abuse.

The Prescription Drug Abuse page on MedlinePlus has a number of resources on recognizing, preventing and treating medication abuse.

Resources include:

Risks in Your Home (Drug Enforcement Administration)

Signs of Painkiller Abuse and Addiction (Easy-to-Read from the National Institute on Drug Abuse)

More at MedlinePlus:

New Stop Bullying videos and GIF

Friday, May 30th, 2014

Last week, launched two new videos and an animated GIF that address the issue of labels and how words can do harm. This project is a result of regular engagement and collaboration with one of the main audiences for teens.

These creative pieces address some of the hateful language that teens face and empower them to rise above the chatter and to love themselves for who they are. By regularly working with teens directly, we can better address the issues that affect them every day. And if we can reach one teen and inspire them to rise above bullying, then we are well on our way to inspiring a new generation of teens.

Help spread the word by sharing one or all of these animated pieces with your audiences on your social media channels.

View the videos here:

View the GIF here:

Webcast: Positive Youth Development For Teen Pregnancy Prevention Month

Tuesday, May 6th, 2014

May is Teen Pregnancy Prevention Month.  In observance, the Office of Adolescent Health is hosting a live webcast on positive youth development.  The webinar will focus on the research behind positive youth development, how community programs have been suing positive youth development and future interventions.

May 7, 2014 2:00 – 3:00 Eastern Time

Find more information about the Positive Youth Development for Teen Pregnancy Prevention Webinar online here:

ACT! Autism Training for Health Professionals

Monday, May 5th, 2014

From the Centers for Disease Control:

“CDC’s “Learn the Signs. Act Early.” program offers a free online continuing education training called “Autism Case Training (ACT)” for self-study, as well as a downloadable curriculum for in-classroom training.

The self-study ACT CE course educates primary care practitioners about finding, diagnosing, and managing autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and has been accredited to provide CME, MOC (Part 2; 20 pts), CNE credits and CEU.”

The training includes case studies and focuses on early diagnosis and intervention.

Access the training:

MedlinePlus Health Topic: Amblyopia

Monday, May 5th, 2014

Amblyopia, or “lazy eye,” is the most common cause of visual impairment among children and is the subject of a new MedlinePlus Health Topic Page.

The Health Topic page includes resources from the National Eye Institute, the American Association for Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus, the American Academy of Ophthalmology and other reputable sources.

MedlinePlus: Amblyopia

Reducing Asthma and Allergy Triggers

Wednesday, April 23rd, 2014

Spring is here. The American Lung Association has some tips on how to control springtime allergy and asthma symptoms.