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Could Tamping Down Inflammation Lift The Fog Of Depression?

One of the world’s largest drug makers is testing whether an anti-inflammatory drug can help people with depression. Photo: APSTOCK One of the world’s largest drug makers is testing a radical new approach to treating depression — by dialling down inflammation in the body, rather than tinkering with chemicals in the brain. If it works, it’s [...]

Australian children and adolescents increasingly use psychotropic drugs

"This is a major concern. Antipsychotics are strong drugs with serious side effects such as obesity, diabetes and sedation, and these tend to be worse in young people. Despite this, these drugs are increasingly used in situations where other treatments may be safer and more appropriate," said Karanges. Use of the main ADHD medication Ritalin [...]

Children’s ADHD Drugs Don’t Work Long-Term

Attention-deficit drugs increase concentration in the short term, which is why they work so well for college students cramming for exams. But when given to children over long periods of time, they neither improve school achievement nor reduce behavior problems. The drugs can also have serious side effects, including stunting growth. Sadly, few physicians and [...]

By |2013-01-22T10:26:22+11:00January 19th, 2013|Categories: Drugs & Alcohol|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

Exercise Boosts School Performance for Kids With ADHD

A few minutes of exercise a day can help children with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) do better at school, according to a small new study. The findings suggest that exercise could provide an alternative to drug treatment. While drugs have proven largely effective in treating children with ADHD, many parents and doctors are concerned about the [...]

ADHD pills become latest study aid

HSC students are taking illegally obtained prescription medication used to treat ADHD to help cram for their final school exams, which start tomorrow. The Sun-Herald spoke to students from five schools across Sydney last week who admitted to using the medication, saying it improved their focus during study. But medical experts warn that they are [...]