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2011-10-21 14:02:27

Children with certain dopamine system gene variants have an improved response to methylphenidate - the most commonly prescribed medication for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder - in a finding that could help eliminate the guesswork from prescribing effective medications for children with ADHD. Researchers reporting their results in the Oct. 21 Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry tested 89 children with ADHD between ages 7 and 11. They found that...

New Guidelines For Diagnosing ADHD
2011-10-17 11:20:32

New guidelines from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) offer new information on helping doctors diagnose and treat children with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). The guidelines describe the special considerations involved in diagnosing and treating children and adolescents. The new guidelines for children from ages 4 to 18 also help children with hyperactive/impulsive behaviors that do not meet the full diagnostic criteria for ADHD. "Treating children at a young...

2011-10-17 05:38:10

(Ivanhoe Newswire) -- Updated guidelines from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) offer new information on diagnosing and treating Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) in younger children and in adolescents. ADHD is the most common neurobehavioral disorder in about 8 percent of children. Emerging evidence makes it possible to diagnose and manage ADHD in children from ages 4 to 18 (the previous AAP guidelines, from 2000 and 2001, covered children ages 6 to 12). The new...

2011-10-14 20:41:12

Scientists have developed a way to evaluate new treatments for some forms of attention deficit disorder. Working in mice, researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis showed that they can use brain scans to quickly test whether drugs increase levels of a brain chemical known as dopamine. In a study published last year, the same group found that raising dopamine levels in mice alleviates attention deficits caused by neurofibromatosis type 1 (NF1), a condition that...

2011-09-28 09:49:51

NIH and AHRQ study finds pace of the rise has slowed in recent years The prescribed use of stimulant medications to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) rose slowly but steadily from 1996 to 2008, according to a study conducted by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ). The study was published online ahead of print September 28, 2011, in the American Journal of Psychiatry. ADHD is one of the most common...

2011-09-23 07:18:31

(Ivanhoe Newswire) — Administering Ritalin, a commonly used stimulant, to patients recovering from anesthesia sped up the process. This study is the first to demonstrate in mammals what could be a safe and effective way to induce arousal from general anesthesia. "Currently at the end of a surgical procedure, the anesthesiologist just lets general anesthetic drugs wear off, and the patient regains consciousness," Emery Brown, MD, PhD, of the MGH Department of Anesthesia, Critical Care...


Word of the Day
humgruffin
  • A terrible or repulsive person.
Regarding the etymology of 'humgruffin,' the OED says (rather unhelpfully) that it's a 'made-up word.' We might guess that 'hum' comes from 'humbug' or possibly 'hum' meaning 'a disagreeable smell,' while 'gruffin' could be a combination of 'gruff' and 'griffin.'