Youth Mental Health Hospitalization Rates Rose in 2020

Mental health hospitalization rates rose for Canadian children and youth between ages 5 and 24 years in 2020, despite a slight decrease in the overall number of hospital visits, according to new data. Hospitalizations for eating disorders increased significantly, rising nearly 60% for girls between ages 10 and 17 years. “One of the key questions … Read more

Small Steps to Improving LGBTQ+ Patient Care

Legislation around LGBTQ+ education in schools made headlines recently after Florida Governor Ron DeSantis passed the “Don’t Say Gay” bill, as it’s come to be called by many. The legislation bars teachers and school systems from mentioning or instructing students in kindergarten through third grade on issues around sexual orientation and gender identity. And with … Read more

New Toolkit Offers Help for Climate Change Anxiety

Natania Abebe A new toolkit provides coping strategies for people who are anxious about climate change. These strategies include volunteering, building a community, discussing emotions with others, practicing mindfulness, and seeking therapy. The toolkit, which was developed by nursing experts at the University of British Columbia (UBC) in Vancouver, Canada, also offers reflection questions and … Read more

Few Children Who Socially Transition Soon Change Their Minds

Approximately 7% of youth who chose gender identity social transition in early childhood had retransitioned 5 years later, based on data from 317 individuals. “Increasing numbers of children are socially transitioning to live in line with their gender identity, rather than the gender assumed by their sex at birth—a process that typically changing involves a … Read more

Off-Reserve First Nations Teens Face Mental Health Challenges

First Nations adolescents living off reserve in Ontario, Canada, have significantly higher levels of mental health challenges, compared with their non–First Nations peers. These mental health challenges are exacerbated by maternal distress, according to a report published online February 24 in Child Psychiatry and Human Development. “Prior to this study, we didn’t have a comprehensive … Read more

First Guidelines for Managing Anorexia in Pregnancy

The first comprehensive guidelines to manage pregnant women with anorexia nervosa (AN) have been released. Pregnant women with AN are at greater risk of poor outcomes including stillbirth, underweight infant, or pre-term birth, yet there are no clear guidelines on the management of the condition. “Anorexia in pregnancy has been overlooked area of ​​clinical care … Read more

How Social Drivers of Health Lead to Physician Burnout

Dr Gary Price The vast majority of US physicians regularly treat patients with socioeconomic challenges — from financial instability and a lack of transmission to eviction threats and domestic problems — but are deeply frustrated by their inability to adequately address these issues, a new survey has found. The survey, conducted in February by The … Read more

Calls for Caution on Gender Reassignment in Adolescents

France — Demand for gender reassignment surgery in children and adolescents has increased in the United States and Europe over the past few years. For its part, the French National Academy of Medicine has urged that caution be exercised when it comes to the therapies involved and advised that the psychological support phase be extended. … Read more

Using Ecological Systems Theory in Student Trauma During COVID-19

The study covered in this summary was published on medRxiv.org as a preprint and has not yet been peer reviewed. Key Takeaways The factors related to trauma and the potential underlying causes for the underperformance of trauma-impacted students were framed in Bronfenenner’s ecological systems theory (EST). EST views child development as a complex system of … Read more

Relationship Violence Affects More Than a Quarter of Women

More than 1 in 4 women (27%) between the ages of 15 and 49 years have experienced physical and/or sexual violence in a relationship, research suggests. The estimate is based on information from the World Health Organization’s (WHO’s) global database on the prevalence of violence against women. The findings by Lynnmarie Sardinha, PhD, research fellow … Read more