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A Randomized Controlled Trial Testing the Efficacy of a Brief Cannabis Universal Prevention Program Among Adolescents in Primary Care

Walton, M.A., Resko, S., Barry, K.L., Chermack, S.T., Zucker, R.A., Zimmerman, M.A., Booth, B.M., & Blow, F.C. (2014). A randomized controlled trial testing the efficacy of a brief cannabis universal prevention program among adolescents in primary care. Addiction.109, 786-797. PMCID: PMC3984620.

Seven primary care centers screened adolescents for cannabis use. Adolescents (age 12-18) who had never used cannabis were assigned to either a computerized brief intervention (CBI) or a therapist-delivered brief intervention (TBI) of equivalent length. Both interventions used motivational interviewing techniques to provide normative feedback and prevent cannabis use. At 12 months, adolescents in the CBI group used less cannabis and fewer other drugs than adolescents in the TBI group. Alcohol use and delinquency did not differ between the CBI and TBI groups. These study results suggest that a brief computerized intervention for adolescents may assist in preventing cannabis initiation more than a therapist-delivered brief intervention.


Mixed results in latest survey of risky youth behavior, CDC reports

Article Excerpt: Cigarette smoking among the nation’s high school students has fallen to its lowest level in more than two decades, according to the findings of a new government analysis, but it remains unclear whether the drop represents a shift to electronic cigarettes, which have boomed in popularity among teens.

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Gaming pilot at Children’s National engages youth in their own care management

Article Excerpt: Steven J. Hardy, Ph.D., a pediatric psychologist at Children’s National Health System in the District of Columbia, wants to engage families and patients in conversations about how they’re managing illness–and use mobile gaming as the tool to do so.

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App Could Speed Up Kids’ Anxiety Treatment

Article Excerpt: SmartCAT, an app to help children handle anxiety, is capable of supporting brief cognitive behavioral therapy (BCBT) and could yield positive results over a short period of time, according to a study from the Department of Health Information at the University of Pittsburgh.

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Article Source: MobiHealthNews


A Chat with the Doctor Can Help Kids Resist Smoking

Article Excerpt: Doctors do make a difference when it comes to keeping children and teenagers from taking up tobacco. This may sound like a no-brainer, but until recently there wasn’t strong evidence that anti-smoking efforts by pediatricians and other primary care doctors make a difference.

That evidence is now clear, according to the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force, an independent group that today called for pediatricians and other primary care doctors to talk with children, teenagers and parents about the harms of smoking. The independent task force also endorsed doctors’ use of computer programs, videos and print materials with anti-tobacco messages.

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Source: NPR

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NAB Unveils Youth Mental Health Awareness Campaign

Article Excerpt:On Tuesday, July 23, the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) launched “OK2TALK,” a campaign to increase understanding and awareness about mental health in youth. The Tumblr-based community campaign includes television and radio ads in English and Spanish that feature teens and young adults opening up about their experiences with mental health. These ads aim to prompt conversation and let people know that help is available and effective.

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Source: NIMH


Evaluating Treatment Participation in an Internet-Based Behavioral Intervention for Pediatric Chronic Pain

Law, E. F., Murphy, L. K., & Palermo, T. M. (2012). Evaluating treatment participation in an Internet-based behavioral intervention for pediatric chronic pain. Journal of Pediatric Psychology, 37(8), 893-903.

This study describes participation in an online behavioral pain management intervention for families of adolescents with chronic pain. A randomized controlled trial was conducted with adolescent-parent dyads evaluating a cognitive-behavioral pain intervention. Most participants actively participated in the intervention. A greater number of messages sent by adolescents containing rapport or treatment content predicted positive treatment outcomes.


mHealth Alliance, CARE Partner To Advance Maternal, Child Health

Article Excerpt: The mHealth Alliance and humanitarian organization CARE have announced a partnership that will leverage mobile health technologies to improve maternal, newborn and child health in developing countries.  The mHealth Alliance will explore opportunities to strengthen CARE’s operational strategies for mHealth in sectors like water, agriculture, and livelihoods.  CARE will contribute by leading the development of capacity building tools and measurement methods.

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Article Source:  iHealth Beat


Hazelden Acquires College Health Program MyStudentBody from Inflexxion, Inc.

Article Excerpt: Inflexxion, Inc., a behavioral health company and creator of MyStudentBody, the most comprehensive online alcohol and drug education program for college students, today announced that this unique program has been acquired by Hazelden, one of the world’s largest and most respected private not-for-profit alcohol and drug addiction treatment centers, globally known for their quality addiction treatment, recovery support and expertise on prevention, addiction, and recovery issues.  “We have grown MyStudentBody into a powerful tool that delivers effective prevention programs to colleges and universities across the country,” said Simon Budman, PhD, founder and CEO of Inflexxion. “We are very proud of MyStudentBody and believe Hazelden will take it to new heights.”

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