May 19, 2014

Often for Acting Like Toddlers

1 10,000 US Toddlers Getting ADHD Drugs

Children's mental health experts are expressing shock over a CDC report which estimates that some ten thousand or more two- and three-year-old toddlers in the U.S. are being medicated with drugs such as Adderall and Ritalin for ADHD, even though their behavioral “symptoms,” such as hyperactivity and impulsivity, are typical and appropriate behavior patterns in toddlers, and despite the fact that the drugs have never been evaluated for effectiveness and safety for children that age. In fact, the American Academy of Pediatrics does not even recognize ADHD in children ages three and younger. “People prescribing (these drugs) to two-year-olds are just winging it," one behavioral pediatrician told the N.Y. Times, "and they should be subject to malpractice if something goes wrong."

More at Nytimes.com | Posted 4 years ago by Robert S. Wieder

Previously: Kids' Immaturity Misdiagnosed As ADHD

Tags: ADHD, Symptoms of ADHD, Hyperactivity in Toddlers, ADHD Drugs and Children, Drugs Inappropriate for Toddlers

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2 Migraines Might Raise Silent Stroke Risk

Chronic migraines may double the risk of having a silent stroke, say researchers at the University of Miami School of Medicine. Their 6-year long study followed 546 participants, 19% of whom reported a history of migraines and found through MRIs and statistical analysis that individuals who had migraines had double the risk of having a silent stroke, one that has no outward symptoms but still damages brain tissue. Researchers also found that the risk was higher for those who experienced migraines without auras, warning signs that sometimes occur before a migraine and may consist of a vision of light or color, a smell or confusing thoughts. Researchers conclude that the risk of stroke among migraine sufferers is still small but may be cause for lifestyle changes to minimize it further.

More at Www.dailyrx.com | Posted 4 years ago by Melody Lesser

Previously: Migraines Tied to Risk of Heart Attack

Tags: Migraines, Silent Stroke, Stroke, Auras with Migraines, Migraines and Stroke, University of Miami School of Medicine

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