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2009-01-26 09:25:00

Drugs prescribed for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder can induce hallucinations even when taken as directed, U.S. government researchers announced on Monday. U.S. Food and Drug Administration researchers reviewed the statistics from 49 clinical studies performed by manufacturers of the drugs and discovered psychosis and mania in some, counting those without risk factors. "Patients and physicians should be aware of the possibility that psychiatric symptoms consistent with psychosis or...

2009-01-08 16:00:00

A special issue of American Journal of Medical Genetics (AJMG): Part B: Neuropsychiatric Genetics presents a comprehensive overview of the latest progress in genetic research of Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). The issue covers major trends in the field of complex psychiatric genetics, underscoring how genetic studies of ADHD have evolved, and what approaches are needed to uncover its genetic origins.ADHD is a complex condition with environmental and genetic causes. It is...

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2008-12-08 07:25:00

Scientists released a hotly debated commentary Sunday stating that healthy people should have the right to boost their brains with pills, like those prescribed for hyperactive kids or memory-impaired older folks. "We should welcome new methods of improving our brain function," and doing it with pills is no more morally objectionable than eating right or getting a good night's sleep, these experts wrote in an opinion piece published online Sunday by the journal Nature. They say college...

2008-12-03 14:22:00

WASHINGTON, Dec. 3 /PRNewswire/ -- Teens are fascinated by their brains, the way they work, change, and even "freeze" sometimes. The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) recommends that parents, teachers and caregivers use that fascination to engage middle and high school students this holiday season in a discussion of why they shouldn't drink alcohol. "Parents need every tool they can find to convince their teens not to drink alcohol, particularly during the...

2008-12-02 13:50:00

GILBERT, Ariz., Dec. 2 /PRNewswire/ -- ENERGYPARENTING(R) is a proven antidote to the disorder-diagnosis-drug trend threatening our kids. It is a new way to parent that upends existing parenting models by transforming challenging children without the need for medication. Current parenting models are failing American parents and resulting in an epidemic of more and younger children being given narcotic-strength medication to control their behavior. Our experience shows that in...

2008-12-03 12:09:26

Teens are fascinated by their brains, the way they work, change, and even "freeze" sometimes. The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) recommends that parents, teachers and caregivers use that fascination to engage middle and high school students this holiday season in a discussion of why they shouldn't drink alcohol."Parents need every tool they can find to convince their teens not to drink alcohol, particularly during the holiday season," says Shirley Malcom, head of...

2008-11-20 19:33:54

Two common medications used to treat attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder do not appear to cause genetic damage in children, U.S. researchers said. Research at the National Institutes of Health and Duke University Medical Center in Durham, N.C., provides new evidence that therapeutic doses of stimulant medications, such as methylphenidate and amphetamine, do not cause cytogenetic, or chromosomal, damage in humans. The study, published in the Journal of the American Academy of Child and...

2008-11-12 09:00:10

EAST HANOVER, N.J., Nov. 12 /PRNewswire/ -- The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved a 30-minute onset of action for Focalin(R) XR (dexmethylphenidate HCl) extended-release capsules for the treatment of Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), bringing potential benefits for young patients and their families during the important morning period when they are preparing for school. "The morning is a critical time for families," said Alice Mao, MD, Associate Professor of...

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2008-10-07 08:40:00

U.S. researchers said on Monday that girls who take stimulants to combat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder are not as likely to start smoking or to abuse alcohol or drugs as others with the condition. They stated that girls with ADHD who ingest stimulant drugs have half the risk of substance abuse and practically less than half the risk of smoking cigarettes as those who were not prescribed drugs. "It shows a greater than 50 percent reduction for developing a substance use," said Dr....

2008-09-29 18:00:40

THE National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (Nice) says drugs such as Ritalin should be avoided - and not given to under-fives. Teachers would also benefit from training to recognise and help children with this condition. Most of the estimated 365,000 children in Britain with ADHD and behavioural problems receive no treatment at all. Of those who do, 37,000 are prescribed stimulants like Ritalin (methylphenidate). The guidelines say parent training and education...