School Health Action
Mar. 11, 2014

ASHA's 88th Annual School Health Conference
ASHA’s 88th Annual School Health Conference — Building Bridges from Vision to Action: Supporting School Health, will be held at the Hilton Portland & Executive Tower Oct. 9-11, in Portland, Ore. The Call for Abstracts is now open — don’t miss your chance to submit before the March 28, deadline! Details about the new submission process and criteria can be found on our website.More

Call for nominations open for 2014 ASHA Awards
Nominate a colleague for an ASHA award! ASHA is proud to recognize those dedicated to the field of school health. Award descriptions and criteria, along with deadlines can be found on our website. All nominations shall be submitted to ASHA Headquarters by the respective deadline. Award recipients will be honored at the 88th Annual School Health Conference in Portland, Ore. More

ASHA website update
As many of you are aware, last December we significantly upgraded our membership database to an Association Management System (AMS) that is integrated with our new website. Together, these two upgrades provide a host of new services and functionality to improve the member experience. Please note that for now, our website resides on our new AMS, and while you may still access ASHA’s website at, the system eventually redirects you to a longer, less intuitive URL that includes “”. Both the “” and the “netforum” URLs lead you to ASHA’s website. Also, in case you haven’t yet accessed the members only side of the website, you will need to input your Email Address as the username and use “Password1” as the password. Upon logging in, you will be prompted to change your password. More

Children sleep better when parents enforce rules, limit bedroom electronics
Sleep Review Magazine
Although sleep problems persist among many American children, parents can make a difference by setting boundaries around electronics use, enforcing rules, and setting a good example. In this article are the latest findings from the National Sleep Foundation Sleep in America poll, an annual study that began in 1991. The 2014 poll took a deeper look into the sleep practices and beliefs of the modern family with school-aged children.More

Body image pressure increasingly affects boys
The Atlantic
Culturally, we’re becoming well attuned to the pressure girls are under to achieve an idealized figure. But researchers say that lately, boys are increasingly feeling the heat. A new study of a national sample of adolescent boys, published in the January issue of JAMA Pediatrics, reveals that nearly 18 percent of boys are highly concerned about their weight and physique. More

Study: Teasing out the numbers in obesity
Perhaps you heard the astonishing good news that obesity among toddlers has dropped 43 percent in eight years. It made headlines, and was based on findings in a prestigious medical journal by respected researchers using gold-standard data. Is it true? Technically, yes. But there are some other statistics derived from the same paper.More

Teens' brains make them more vulnerable to suicide
The Boston Globe
Suicide is the third leading cause of death among teens 15 to 19 years old, according to the National Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The percentage of high school students who reported seriously considering suicide increased from 14 percent in 2009 to 16 percent in 2011. Now, researchers are beginning to understand exactly why a teenager’s brain is so tempestuous, and what biological factors may make teens’ brains vulnerable to mood disorders, substance abuse and suicide.More

Study: High school students turn to sex and violence
Daily Life
Australian high school students are turning to violence, alcohol and unwanted sex to cope with problems a new study shows. The study of the mental health of almost 4500 year 7 to 12 students, revealed that 34 percent of girls and 30 percent of boys felt constantly under strain and unable to overcome difficulties a further one in three girls and a quarter of boys are depressed. More than half had low levels of resilience and of those, 43 percent felt violence was an appropriate way to solve relationship issues.More

Teens likely to get opioid Rx for headaches
MedPage Today
Nearly half of teens who visit a doctor complaining of headache pain walk away with a prescription for a narcotic painkiller, researchers found. And teens who sought headache treatment at an emergency department were twice as likely to get an opioid for their headache as those who saw a doctor in a different setting. Opioids were go-to drugs for teen headache even though evidence-based guidelines do not recommend them for first-line treatment. More

Study adds to evidence that HPV vaccine helps guard against cervical cancer
HealthDay News via WebMD
A new study offers more evidence that the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine is a powerful weapon in the fight against cervical cancer. In a study that examined the vaccine's effectiveness in a large population of Australian women, the University of Queensland researchers claim their finding suggests HPV vaccination is effective when given to a broad swath of individuals. More

Do classmates suffer when children repeat grades?
When students repeat a grade, it can spell trouble for their classmates, according to a new study of nearly 80,000 middle-schoolers. In schools with high numbers of grade-repeaters, suspensions were more likely to occur across the school community. Discipline problems were also more common among other students, including substance abuse, fighting and classroom disruption. More

Study: E-cigarettes can encourage youth to smoke
Counsel and Heal
Several large cities throughout the U.S. have decided to ban the use of electronic cigarettes in public areas, such as restaurants. Even though studies have not determined if these products are safe to use, some of the state officials have expressed concerns over effects of smoking e-cigarettes, called "vaping" on young children. Now, in a new study, researchers reported that middle and high school children who vape are also more likely to start smoking real cigarettes and less likely to quit. More

Energy drinks tied to teen troubles
Daily RX
Energy drinks are intended to give you a boost, but a new study tied energy drink consumption in teens to a number of negative issues, including depression. The study looked at teenagers in Canada and measured energy drink use alongside topics like mental health and behavioral issues. The researchers found that energy drink use was common among the teens, and that consumption of the drinks was associated with depression, substance use and a tendency toward "risky" behaviors. More

Persistent cannabis users show neuropsychological decline from childhood to midlife
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences
Recent reports show that fewer adolescents believe that regular cannabis use is harmful to health. Concomitantly, adolescents are initiating cannabis use at younger ages, and more adolescents are using cannabis on a daily basis. The purpose of the present study was to test the association between persistent cannabis use and neuropsychological decline and determine whether decline is concentrated among adolescent-onset cannabis users. More

Study looks at relationships between obesity, education and wealth in low- and middle-income countries
Obesity levels among women in low- and middle-income countries tend to rise in line with wealth as they purchase more energy-dense foods, but a new UCL study suggests that more educated consumers make better food choices that mitigate this effect. The study showed that in middle-income countries, obesity levels among women with secondary or higher education are 14-19 percent lower than less-educated women of similar wealth. More

Young binge drinkers may not need special counseling from family doctors
HealthDay News
Special counseling from family doctors had no effect on young people's binge drinking or marijuana use, new research suggests. The study included 33 family doctors and pediatricians in Switzerland and nearly 600 patients aged 15 to 24. About half of the patients reported binge drinking or marijuana use.More