Exposure to environmental factor linked to huge rise in ADHD: Study

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Exposure to a component of air pollution increases the chances of children developing ADHD by five times.

A link between rising air pollution in urban areas and the rapid increase in diagnosis in ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder) has been discovered in a new study.

 

 

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More than 10,000 toddlers in the U.S. are prescribed ADHD drugs

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Doctors could be offering children dangerous prescriptions that will affect them for the rest of their lives.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention researchers have found that doctors are prescribing attention deficit hyperactivity disorder medication to more than 10,000 American toddlers between the ages of two and three.

 

 

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Is there really an epidemic of teens taking ADHD drugs to get good grades?

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Data shows clearly that we are not even close to the all time peak of misuse of prescription stimulants by high-school students.

According to a front page story in Sunday’s New York Times, there’s an epidemic in America’s selective high schools: high-achieving students under pressure to succeed are increasingly abusing stimulants like Ritalin and Adderall, which they consider as essential as SAT tutors for getting into an Ivy League college.  But the data from national surveys on stimulant use tells a very different story.

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Nationwide shortage of ADHD drugs prompts hundreds of calls daily to the FDA

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Shortages of medicines like Ritalin and Adderall are so endemic that some patients say they worry almost constantly about availability.

Drugs to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder are in such short supply that hundreds of patients complain daily to the Food and Drug Administration that they are unable to find a pharmacy with enough pills to fill their prescriptions.

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Kids as young as 4 can be diagnosed with ADHD

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New guidelines from the American Academy of Pediatrics expand the age range over which doctors can diagnose and manage ADHD in children.

According to the nation’s largest organization of pediatricians, attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) can now be diagnosed in children as young as 4 and as old as 18.

 

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New Weedkiller may be causing mass tree deaths in U.S.

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White pine trees, a species under assault by Imprelis.

Unruly herbicides are making headlines again: A couple weeks ago, it was the fact that the world’s top-selling weedkiller was causing birth defects. This time, it looks like the brand new herbicide Imprelis, manufactured by the chemical giant DuPont and okayed for use by the EPA, is causing mass tree deaths in a number of vulnerable species across the US…

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Children with ADHD Have Brains That Cannot Stop Daydreaming: Study

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ADHD children cannot stop daydreaming according to a new study.

Children with attention deficit disorder have brains that cannot stop daydreaming, claims a new study.  Researchers found that they physically find it harder to switch off a “default setting” of the brain designed to pass the time when not focused on a task.

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New Study Suggests Exposure to Pesticides Prime Cause of ADHD

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Organophosphate pesticides are widely used in the United States to control insects on food crops.

A growing body of evidence is suggesting that exposure to organophosphate pesticides is a prime cause of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, ADHD. The findings are considered plausible to many experts because the pesticides are designed to attack the nervous systems of insects. It is not surprising, then, that they should also impinge on the nervous systems of humans who are exposed to them.

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Attention Deficit Disorders Can Take a Toll on Marriage

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Your marriage could be suffering from ADHD.

Does your wife or husband  forget chores and lose track of the calendar? Do you sometimes feel that instead of living with a spouse, you’re raising another child?  Your marriage may be suffering from attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.

 

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Studies: Second-Hand Smoke Exposure Drops But Early Life Exposure Linked to Behavioral and Health Problems

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Early-life exposure to second-hand smoking could lead to behavioral and health problems later in life.

American kids can breathe a sigh of relief, according to a study out today in the journal Pediatrics that finds their exposure to second-hand smoke at home has dropped significantly since the mid-1990s.

 

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Hilarious Social Media Venn Diagram

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A Venn diagram showing the psychological forces at work among users of social networking tools – a new shirt from the comedy geniuses at Despair, Inc. I like to use the shirt like a dart board when I start my day to determine how to behave in each networking situation…

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