Evidence Supports Medical Pot for Some Conditions, Not Others
Dennis Thompson reports: Medical marijuana can be useful in treating chronic pain, but may be less effective for other conditions, a new analysis reveals. A review of nearly 80 clinical trials involving medical marijuana or marijuana-derived drugs revealed moderately strong evidence to support their use in treating chronic pain, says a report published June 23 in the Journal of the American Medical Association. The evidence also showed that the medications could help multiple sclerosis patients who suffer from spasticity, which involves sustained muscle contractions or sudden involuntary movements. But the review found weaker support for the drugs' use in treating sleep disorders; nausea or vomiting ...
School’s Re-opening: Protect Your Child’s Privacy
As children return to school, parents are often swamped with forms and informational packets. One of them, however, is something that you really need to pay attention to if you want to protect your child’s privacy. Under FERPA, schools that receive public education funds must notify parents every year as to what types of information the school district considers “Directory Information” that they can share with others – without your knowledge or consent – unless you opt out of information sharing. Given how massive databases compile more and more data about ourselves and our children, and given that you do not know ...
University of Utah Study Links Rates of ADHD to Altitude
So we should have moved to the mountains? Recent research has linked the thin air of higher elevations to increased rates of depression and suicide. But a new study shows there’s also good news from up in the aspens and pines: The prevalence of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) decreases substantially as altitude increases. In Utah, for example, an analysis of information from two national health surveys correlated with the average state elevation of 6,100 feet showed that the rate of diagnosed ADHD cases is about 50 percent of states at sea level. In Salt Lake City, whose elevation is about 4,300 ...
Comorbidity in Tourette Syndrome: lifetime prevalence and risks
Finally we have a study that provides us with some analysis of comorbidity in Tourette Syndrome (TS) based on a large sample size. The Tourette Syndrome Association International Consortium for Genetics has published a report that looked at lifetime prevalence, clinical associations, ages of highest risk, and etiology of psychiatric comorbidity in 1,374 individuals with TS who were compared to 1,142 TS-unaffected family members. Some of the key findings include: The lifetime prevalence of any psychiatric comorbidity among individuals with TS was 85.7%; 57.7% of individuals with TS had 2 or more psychiatric disorders. 72.1% of individuals with TS met DSM-IV-TR diagnostic criteria for OCD or ADHD. Other disorders, including ...
ADHD may raise the odds of premature death
I realize this post will likely distress or upset some readers, but sticking our heads in the sand about risks our loved ones or students may face won't help. So as alarming as the research results may be, if it gets us off the dime in protecting our families or getting them help, it's important to discuss. Health24 reports: People with attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) are more than twice as likely to die prematurely as those without the common disorder, a new study finds. The risk is small, but it's a clear indication that the disorder is a serious problem, the researchers said. Risk ...
Successful cognitive behavioral therapy in youth equals decreased thinking about suicide
Penn Medicine researchers found that patients who did not respond to cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) for anxiety in childhood had more chronic and enduring patterns of suicidal ideation at 7 to 19 years after treatment. This study adds to the literature that suggests that successful CBT for childhood anxiety confers long-term benefits. The complete study is available in the Journal of the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry. "This study underscores the importance of the identification and evidence-based treatment of youth anxiety," says lead author, Courtney Benjamin Wolk, PhD, a postdoctoral researcher at the Center for Mental Health Policy and Services ...
ResearchMobile Apps for Bipolar Disorder: A Systematic Review of Features and Content Quality
Mobile apps abound, but are they any good? This is one of the few studies I’ve seen to actually look at the quality of apps for a specific diagnosis. Here’s the abstract of the study: BACKGROUND: With...Evidence Supports Medical Pot for Some Conditions, Not Others
Dennis Thompson reports: Medical marijuana can be useful in treating chronic pain, but may be less effective for other conditions, a new analysis reveals. A review of nearly 80 clinical trials involving...Is Bipolar Disorder linked to higher intellect and creativity?
Childhood IQ and risk of bipolar disorder in adulthood: prospective birth cohort study Daniel J. Smith, Jana Anderson, Stanley Zammit, Thomas D. Meyer, Jill P. Pell and Daniel Mackay British Journal of...Study: Math-Anxious Parents Can Hinder Children’s Math Achievement
KELO TV has a nice summary of some new research: If math makes you anxious, you may now be able to blame your parents. New research published in the Psychological Science, a journal of the Association...Coaxing Children With Selective Mutism to Find Their Voices Read More Posts From This Category
EventOCD NJ to host annual conference March 15 in Garwood
NJ.com reports: OCD NJ, an affiliate of the International Obsessive Compulsive Disorder Foundation, will host its 15th annual Conference on Sunday, March 15, at The Westwood in Garwood. The conference...Tourette Syndrome World Congress – London, June 24-26, 2015
The Tourette Syndrome Association (TSA), the European Society for the Study of Tourette Syndrome (ESSTS), Tourettes Action-UK (TA), along with other partners, are proud to present the 1st World Congress...Save the Date: The 2015 Conference on School Culture, Climate, and Positive Behavior Support Tourette Syndrome conference in Atlanta, June 2015 NJ: Symposium for Professionals on Tourette Syndrome November 20th Read More Posts From This Category