Australian psychiatrist Patrick McGorry’s “Psychosis Risk Syndrome” has been shot down as “too risky, ill-conceived and potentially harmful” by the head of psychiatry’s Diagnostic & Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-IV), Allen Frances. http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/dsm5-in-distress/201003/dsm5-psychosis-risk-syndrome-far-too-risky
Millions of children have been injected with a vaccine that contains a pig virus that wasn’t supposed to be in the vaccine. http://edition.cnn.com/2010/HEALTH/03/22/rotavirus.vaccine/?hpt=T2
Surprise surprise, surprise. If you give a kid speed to suppress the symptoms of a chemical imbalance that does not exist, they do worse in school!
Professor Lou Landau was co-author of the WA-based research which investigated the effectiveness of drugs now widely used to treat Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) in children.
The principal medical adviser to the West Australian Department of Health said he did not expect such a strongly negative result.
“Yes, we weren’t anticipating that significant effect,” Prof Landau told reporters on Wednesday.
“… or the significant lack of effect of the medication.”
Prof Landau and fellow researchers pulled data from the nation’s long-term Raine Study to assess the health, and other, outcomes of 131 children with ADHD among more than 2,800 Australian families.
It showed how those using conventional ADHD drugs, such as Ritalin and dexamphetamine, had significantly poorer educational outcomes than children with ADHD not using the stimulants.
The drugs were also linked to a “trend toward slightly higher depression scores”, the study found, along with a potentially long-term risk factor for heart disease.
Children using ADHD drugs were found to have elevated diastolic blood pressure – which is the minimum pressure in the arteries when the heart is at rest.
Prof Landau said this side-effect was known though it was previously thought to occur in children “while on the medication and it drops down when you stop”.
“That was the difference that this study showed … it was having an effect on the blood vessels that persisted,” he said.
When it came to educational performance, children on ADHD drugs were shown to be significantly worse off that those with unmedicated or no longer medicated ADHD.
This effect was present even after researchers accounted for the fact that ADHD children with the worst symptoms were most likely to be prescribed the drugs.
“In children with ADHD, ever receiving stimulant medication was found to increase the odds of being identified as performing below age-level by a classroom teacher by a factor of 10.5 times,” the study found.
Overall, there was “little long-term benefit of stimulant medication” for ADHD children, the study concluded.
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One million trees planted in Ethiopa – all because one person decided to do it. Gashaw Tahir knew he could do something about it. ….”He wanted a green Africa again,” He planted thousands of seedlings and now has 11,000 acres of Ethiopian land on which he and his followers have planted one million trees. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/03/20/gashaw-tahir-fights-defor_n_507128.html
Capt. Charles Moore of the Algalita Marine Research Foundation first discovered the Great Pacific Garbage Patch — an endless floating waste of plastic trash. Now he’s drawing attention to the growing, choking problem of plastic debris in our seas. http://www.ted.com/talks/lang/eng/capt_charles_moore_on_the_seas_of_plastic.html
For the adventure seekers http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GGphGbJool4
Someone built a centrifuge to work out whether or not a lava lamp would would work on Jupiter, despite its higher gravity. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8-i9iI0ZA4M&
This is some spectacularly amazing footage! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p-_RHRAzUHM&
Official video clip for the album track – worth watching! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qybUFnY7Y8w&