ADHD affects around one in 50 children, according to some estimates
PARIS — For years, they have dumped at the back of the class, the pupils who are impulsive, hyperactive and unable to concentrate -- in short, a waste of a teacher's time.
Their parents, too, have often been branded as failures, as duds who let their children become unruly through poor discipline or a diet of junk-food and telly.
But a growing body of opinion has been pleading for tolerance.
Such children, they argue, are not cases of bad behaviour or poor parenting but kids with a genuine medical condition: attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder, or ADHD.
These campaigners have now gained a massive boost, for a new study has uncovered the first direct evidence that ADHD has, at least partially, a genetic cause.
The evidence, published online on Thursday in the medical journal The Lancet by British specialists, derives from a comparison of the genetic code of 366 children with ADHD and 1,047 without it.
The trawl brought up telltale differences between the two groups.
This is a big step in treating ADHD, and even with the treatment available right now, many kids get through this and grow up to have very successful lives. Obviously, ADHD is a real condition.
We know watching NFL football makes you feel manly, but you're going to have to deal with an overwhelming amount of pink on your TV screen this Sunday. There will be pink ribbons on the footballs, the players will have pink chin cups and towels, and refs will have pink whistles, all part of a Breast Cancer Awareness campaign. Peter O'Reilly, the league's vice president of fan strategy and marketing, says the NFL spent upwards of $5 million on advertising and apparel for the initiative.
Get ready to spot pink things during the game on Sunday, plus all October, I’ll look for the most outstanding photos I can find to commemorate the event. Hopefully, all this attention helps raise money to beat the disease.
Baby sleep positioners -- mats with barriers to prevent a baby from rolling over -- carry a risk of suffocation and death, and should not be used under any circumstances, the FDA and Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) warned.
The advisory was prompted by reports of 12 deaths among infants from 1 to 4 months of age received by the CPSC over the past 13 years, in addition to dozens of additional nonfatal cases in which babies awoke in unsafe positions after being placed in a sleep positioner.
The FDA has approved 18 infant sleep positioners since the early 1980s because of some evidence that the devices ease the symptoms of gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) and prevent plagiocephaly, but many more than 18 such products are available on the market, according to Joshua Sharfstein, MD, principal deputy commissioner of the FDA.
Perhaps you should warn your patients about this device, an invention made with good intentions, but the baby doesn’t need the added risk, and I wouldn’t be surprised if the FDA forces a total recall.
AFP--Sept. 9: People walk by a McDonalds in New York City. McDonald's Corp. has notified federal regulators it's health insurance plan for nearly 30,000 hourly restaurant workers isn't compatible with a new requirement of the U.S. health overhaul.
McDonald's Corp. has notified federal regulators it's health insurance plan for nearly 30,000 hourly restaurant workers isn't compatible with a new requirement of the U.S. health overhaul, The Wall Street Journal reported Wednesday, raising speculation about the fate of those employees' health coverage.
Trade groups representing restaurants and retailers say low-wage employers might halt their coverage if the government doesn't loosen a requirement for "mini-med" plans, which offer limited benefits to some 1.4 million Americans. The requirement concerns the percentage of premiums that must be spent on benefits.
While many restaurants don't offer health coverage, McDonald's provides mini-med plans for workers at 10,500 U.S. locations, most of them franchised. A single worker can pay $14 a week for a plan that caps annual benefits at $2,000, or about $32 a week to get coverage up to $10,000 a year.
Now it begins, I knew the corporations would fight back against health care reform, sounds like McDonalds has horrible health care benefits for their own employees, even though they make a big deal out of Ronald McDonald House helping sick kids. We’re not done with health care reform, we have hardly started yet.
William Weldon, J&J
WASHINGTON — In spring 2009, a group of contract workers, going mostly to gas station convenience stores, bought up thousands of bottles of Motrin that had been determined to be defective but not dangerous. The workers had been hired for Johnson & Johnson, which wanted to remove the pills from the market without issuing a public recall.
J&J executives insist the Food and Drug Administration was aware of the purchasing program, but FDA officials deny that claim. In the end, though, FDA approval really wasn’t necessary: The agency does not have authority over when and how products should be recalled.
House Democrats want to change that. In a hearing today, Oversight and Government Reform chairman Edolphus Towns will use the secret recall of Motrin and other recent public recalls by J&J to make the case that the FDA should be able to order companies to immediately call back defective products. The New York Democrat has introduced a bill that would give the agency that power. What if the FDA makes a mistake and recalls a product that is safe? Sounds like a good way to get the government sued, besides, the FDA already can recommend a recall, they just lack the power to force it.
In pregnant women, MRI is often the modality of choice when imaging is needed. Apparently some people were concerned that the loud noise during MR imaging would hurt the baby's ears, and researchers at the University of Sheffield have performed a study on the effect that MRI noise has on neonatal cochlear function. A previous study that used a microphone in a volunteer's fluid-filled stomach already showed that there is an estimated 30 dB reduction in sound intensity in the fetal surroundings compared to the outside world, however the researchers sought definite proof. Ninety-six neonates who had undergone in utero MR imaging underwent a hearing screening assessment. One of them, who had been in the NICU, had bilateral hearing impairment. The prevalence of hearing impairment did not differ from what was expected. For the babies who had not been in the NICU, cochlear response was similar to that in the general population of neonates. When NICU babies were included there was a very small difference in one of the four frequency bands on which cochlear response is measured, comparable to normal variation. The study concludes that pregnant women in their second and third trimesters can safely undergo MRI without worrying about their baby's ears.
Article abstract in Radiology: Neonatal Cochlear Function: Measurement after Exposure to Acoustic Noise during in Utero MR Imaging...
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I did not know an MRI is loud, never having one myself, but this should be good news for pregnant women who must undergo the test.
Sep 30 2010, 05:58 AM