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2008-09-24 12:00:36

By JULIA HORTON RITALIN, the controversial drug for calming hyper active children, should no longer be the first treatment offered to most youngsters, according to advice out today from an influential health watchdog. The guidelines, from the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (Nice), recommend that the drug should only be used as the "first-line treatment" for youngsters aged six and over with severe cases of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Instead,...

2008-09-24 12:00:00

By JULIA HORTON WHEN Leah Kouara was told that her son Jameel had attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) she was not too surprised. Almost from birth, she knew something was wrong because he was constantly restless. "For about the first four years of his life I don't think he ever slept a full night. He only took 20-minute snatches of sleep and I told the health visitor right away something was not right, " said Ms Kouara. "He never kept still and his concentration wasn't good....

2008-09-24 12:00:12

CYNICS who believe that attentiondeficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is not so much a medical diagnosis, but more of a euphemism for bad behaviour by children whose parents fail to discipline them adequately will nod sagely. The new health guidelines for England by the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (Nice) suggest that Ritalin, the drug most commonly used to treat hyperactivity in children, should be prescribed only after other options, including training programmes...

2008-09-24 09:00:48

By Barry Nelson NEW guidelines unveiled today on the management of hyperactive children appears to be a vindication of a pioneering North-East clinic. Until it closed earlier this year because of lack of NHS funding, the Cactus Clinic, at Teesside University, in Middlesbrough, had campaigned for six years to discourage the routine prescription of Ritalin, a controversial drug used to calm hyperactive children. Now the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (Nice) has come...

2008-09-24 06:00:29

By Shan Ross RITALIN, the controversial drug used to calm hyperactive children, should be avoided wherever possible and not given at all to the under-fives, according to new health guidelines due to be released today. Instead of the drug, sometimes dubbed "the chemical cosh", parents should be taught psychological techniques for changing the behaviour of disruptive children diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Methylphenidate, better known as the stimulant...

2008-09-24 03:00:29

RITALIN, the controversial drug used to calm hyperactive children, should be avoided where possible and not given at all to underfives, new guidelines say. Instead, parents should be taught psychological techniques for changing the behaviour of unruly children diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), said experts. Teachers trained in ADHD management were urged to put their skills into practice in the classroom. Methylphenidate, better known as the stimulant...

2008-09-18 09:00:49

TITUSVILLE, N.J., Sept. 18 /PRNewswire/ -- Adults diagnosed with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) say that having ADHD significantly impacts their ability to focus at work, as well as their responsibilities at home and their relationships. These findings were according to a national survey including more than 1,000 adults across the United States diagnosed with the condition. McNeil Pediatrics(TM), Division of Ortho-McNeil-Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Inc, sponsored the survey...

2008-09-11 12:00:43

Sciele Pharma and Addrenex Pharmaceuticals have announced that the preliminary analysis of the Phase III clinical study investigating the use of Clonicel for the treatment of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder has shown statistically significant improvement over placebo. The study has indicated that Clonicel achieved statistical significance on the primary endpoint, which is based on the attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) rating scale of 18 symptoms developed by the...

2008-09-10 15:00:07

Sciele Pharma, Inc. (NASDAQ:SCRX) and Addrenex Pharmaceuticals today announced that the preliminary analysis of the Phase III clinical study investigating the use of Clonicel(R) for the treatment of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) showed statistically significant improvement over placebo. The study indicated that Clonicel achieved statistical significance on the primary endpoint, which is based on the ADHD Rating Scale of 18 symptoms developed by the American Psychiatric...

2008-09-09 03:00:26

For millions of families, back to school means shopping for new clothes and supplies, backpacks and lunch bags. For others, the big question is which pill will go into the backpack. Experts estimate that nearly 9 percent of American youngsters have attention- deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). These children are easily distracted, often fidget or squirm, may talk excessively or interrupt others and may have trouble focusing or waiting their turn. There is no simple test for...


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  • A unit of saved energy.
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