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New Research Released at Annual Society for Adolescent Medicine Meeting Provides Vital Insights into Adolescent Health Issues

BLUE SPRINGS, Mo., March 10 /PRNewswire/ -- New research being released at the annual meeting of the Society for Adolescent Medicine (SAM) reveals significant results about how adolescents navigate their world and where their priorities lie. The theme of the meeting is "E-teens" and how teens incorporate technology into their personal health. Research presentations will address a variety of topics. SAM's meeting will take place in Los Angeles, March 25-28, 2009.

Following are five abbreviated news briefs regarding research being presented. The full briefs can be accessed at


Although half of adolescents use oral contraceptives (OC) for birth control, they often misuse or discontinue them. The study "The Effect of Daily Text Message Reminders on Adolescent Oral Contraceptive Pill Continuation" examined whether OC continuation rates improve after 3 months of daily text message reminders. The study enrolled 26 adolescent girls who were obtaining OCs at an urban family planning clinic and found that daily text message reminders have the potential to improve OC continuation compared to previously observed OC continuation rates at 3 months.


The study, "Will You Pray with Me? Do HIV-Infected Adolescents Want Their Care Providers Involved in Their Religious or Spiritual Lives?," studied 45 HIV-Infected and uninfected adolescents in an effort to understand the role spirituality and religion play in adolescents with and without HIV, and to examine the association between spirituality/religion and quality of life measures in these adolescents. The study found 93 percent of teens surveyed at an urban tertiary care center in Washington, DC, wanted their provider to ask about their spiritual beliefs during at least some visits, especially when dealing with death/dying or chronic illness.


Because many adolescents use technology at an increasing rate, and are never far from various sources of technology to access information, a new study investigated the possibility of using text messaging to help treat obesity in adolescents. In the study, "Tailored Mobile Phone Text Messages as an Adjunct to Obesity Treatment for Adolescents," participants were sent daily computer-generated text messages that had been tailored to their needs based on patients' characteristics obtained from an initial questionnaire. The adolescents perceived the intervention as an enjoyable means of improving their adherence to healthy lifestyle practices.


In today's society, adolescents first encounter their future sexual partners in a variety of places. It is unknown what impact meeting venue has on sexual behavior. The study, "Partner Meeting Venue and Associations with Sexual Behavior Among Adolescent Women," attempts to show where adolescents are meeting their sexual partners, and if the venue has a relationship to coital frequency and condom use.

For interviews with the authors of these studies, or to obtain more information about attending the meeting, please contact Hollis Heavenrich-Jones at 773-878-7473 or

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