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Publication Title: 
Cadernos De Saude Publica

Studies and recommendations by health agencies have emphasized the importance of education in HIV-AIDS prevention. Mexico has included topics on sexuality and HIV-AIDS in school programs, triggering resistance by some social actors. The current study seeks to clarify the various positions and interests and their influence on the textbook content. A literature search was conducted on the period during which the last educational reform was implemented in Mexico.

Author(s): 
Granados-Cosme, JosÈ Arturo
Nasaiya, Kittipong
Brambila, Alberto Torres
Publication Title: 
Preventive Medicine

In 2008, Alberta Roman Catholic Bishops' discouraged in-school HPV vaccination because: "a school-based approach to vaccination sends a message that early sexual intercourse is allowed, as long as one uses 'protection.'" The publicly funded Calgary Catholic School District Board voted against in-school HPV vaccine administration. In 2009, vaccine uptake was 70% in Calgary public schools and 18.9% in Calgary Catholic schools.

Author(s): 
Guichon, Juliet R.
Mitchell, Ian
Buffler, Patricia
Caplan, Art
Publication Title: 
Epilepsy & Behavior: E&B

BACKGROUND: A diagnosis of epilepsy has a major effect on children; especially among schoolchildren. Studies have shown that a significant proportion of teachers and students have negative attitude and misunderstanding towards epilepsy making it difficult for a child with epilepsy. At the same time, there is a dearth is dearth of literature regarding interventions to bring about a change in the attitudes of children. METHODOLOGY: The aim of the present study was to study the outcome of a school-based health education program for epilepsy awareness among schoolchildren.

Author(s): 
Kolar Sridara Murthy, Meena
Govindappa, Lakshmana
Sinha, Sanjib
Publication Title: 
Clearing House (Menasha, Wis.)

To challenge the distribution of condoms on school campuses with accusations of immorality and "lack of good character" appears shallow at best. Considering the home situation of many young people and their immediate environment, the act of securing a condom could be totally consistent with "good character." Certainly, abstinence up to a certain stage in a youth's life is prudent, but who is to determine the age to which, and the environment in which, abstinence must be observed universally?

Author(s): 
Rowe, R. N.
Publication Title: 
Clearing House (Menasha, Wis.)

To challenge the distribution of condoms on school campuses with accusations of immorality and "lack of good character" appears shallow at best. Considering the home situation of many young people and their immediate environment, the act of securing a condom could be totally consistent with "good character." Certainly, abstinence up to a certain stage in a youth's life is prudent, but who is to determine the age to which, and the environment in which, abstinence must be observed universally?

Author(s): 
Rowe, R. N.
Publication Title: 
The Journal of School Health

A Student Attitude Survey was administered to high school seniors to determine attitudinal and behavioral factors associated with participation in a longitudinal cardiovascular risk factor screening program. Health beliefs, attitudes, and practices were assessed as were altruism, social skills, self-concept, conformity, and academic class standing. Male participants showed higher self-concept scores than non participants.

Author(s): 
Parker, F. C.
Croft, J. B.
Supik, J. D.
Webber, L. S.
Hunter, S. M.
Berenson, G. S.
Publication Title: 
The Journal of School Nursing: The Official Publication of the National Association of School Nurses

As childhood obesity has increased, schools have struggled with their role in this epidemic. Parents with a school-age child in a suburban latchkey program were surveyed regarding their perceptions of childhood obesity, body mass index, and the school's role in prevention and treatment of obesity. More than 80% of participants identified inactivity, poor eating behavior, lack of parental control in what children eat, and eating too much as the main causes of childhood obesity.

Author(s): 
Murphy, Maureen
Polivka, Barbara
Publication Title: 
Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health

AIM: The perceptions of parents of school-aged children regarding child and adolescent overweight and obesity were examined. METHOD: Parents with children in primary and secondary schools in socio-economically diverse areas across metropolitan Sydney and rural New South Wales, Australia, were recruited for focus group discussions. Content analysis was used to analyse the focus group transcripts. RESULTS: Participants were concerned about overweight among school-aged children and young people, but were reluctant to address it with their own children.

Author(s): 
Booth, Michael L.
King, Lesley A.
Pagnini, Deanna L.
Wilkenfeld, Rachel L.
Booth, Susan L.
Publication Title: 
Adolescence

Twenty-eight adolescents with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder were provided either massage therapy or relaxation therapy for 10 consecutive school days. The massage therapy group, but not the relaxation therapy group, rated themselves as happier and observers rated them as fidgeting less following the sessions. After the 2-week period, their teachers reported more time on task and assigned them lower hyperactivity scores based on classroom behavior.

Author(s): 
Field, T. M.
Quintino, O.
Hernandez-Reif, M.
Koslovsky, G.
Publication Title: 
Spine

STUDY DESIGN: This is a population-based, longitudinal retrospective study of one community's school-based scoliosis screening program. OBJECTIVE: To report the estimated costs of mass school-based screening for scoliosis. SUMMARY OF BACKGROUND DATA: School scoliosis screening has been reported to cost from as little as $0. 06 to as much as $194 per child. The lower estimate considered only the cost to the school, and the higher estimate defined all children with curves of 5 degrees or more as cases.

Author(s): 
Yawn, B. P.
Yawn, R. A.

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