- This issue of the Journal of Adolescent Health includes a particularly noteworthy paper based on a cross-national comparison of adolescent sexual activity, contraceptive use, and pregnancy in the U.S. and Britain . The data presented are important because although we all celebrate significant declines in teen pregnancy in each nation, rates remain higher in both nations than in other wealthy industrialized nations. If we can pinpoint the factors associated with past progress in both nations, it may be possible to find ways to ensure that the declines continue and perhaps even accelerate.
- The article by Santelli and colleagues  in this issue of the Journal shines a spotlight on an enduring American challenge: adolescent childbearing. After well over a decade of progress, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently announced that for the second year in a row, the nation's teen birth rate (TBR) increased. Between 2005 and 2006, a 3.5% increase was noted; for the 2006 to 2007 interval, the increase was 1.4%, suggesting that what began as a 1-year uptick may have become a trend.