Thursday, January 26, 2012
Thu, 26 Jan 2012 14:27:53
"After an hours wait I was asked to take my place at a certain table and receive a special report for the Boston _Herald_, the conspirators having arranged to have one of the fastest operators in New York send the despatch and salt the new man.Without suspecting what was up I sat down, and the New York man started in very slowly." (c) Cameo whippings
Tuesday, October 04, 2011
Hey, I finally found this opportunity
i'll never be going back to living off the basics ever again
see you soon
Sunday, December 09, 2007
Sunday, November 18, 2007
Do ADHD Kids Really Grow Out of It?
I thought this was an important article and just wanted to share. Draw your own conclusions.
Wednesday, August 15, 2007
ADHD is the most prevalent psychiatric disorder among children, according to background information in the article. "Despite decades of research, the specific neurobiological mechanisms underlying this disorder still remain unclear," the authors write. "Genetic, clinical and imaging studies point to a disruption of the brain dopamine system, which is corroborated by the clinical effectiveness of stimulant drugs (methylphenidate hydrochloride and amphetamine), which increase extracellular dopamine in the brain."
Nora D. Volkow, MD, of the National Institute on Drug Abuse, Bethesda, Md., and colleagues studied 19 adults with ADHD (average age 32) who had never received medication and 24 healthy controls (average age 30).
Brain scans were performed using positron emission tomography (PET) and a drug known as raclopride labeled with carbon 11 ([11C]raclopride), which binds with dopamine receptors. Scans were performed twice, after injections of placebo and of methylphenidate; the participants did not know which drug they had received. Participants also were asked to report the severity of their ADHD symptoms, whether they could detect the drug, if they liked or disliked it, and if it made them feel "high," tired, alert, anxious or restless.
In individuals with ADHD, methylphenidate caused less of a decrease in the amount of [11C]raclopride that bound to dopamine receptors in areas of the brain associated with attention than it did in those without ADHD. Since levels of methylphenidate in the blood were the same in both groups, this suggests that those with ADHD released less dopamine in response to the drug than controls. This blunted response was associated with symptoms of inattention.
Exploratory analyses also found evidence of reduced [11C]raclopride binding in the hippocampus and amygdala in those with ADHD. These areas of the brain are part of the limbic system, involved in emotional responses as well as consolidating and retrieving memories.
"The findings of reduced dopamine release in subjects with ADHD are consistent with the notion that the ability of stimulant medications to enhance extracellular dopamine underlies their therapeutic effects in ADHD," the authors write.
Individuals with ADHD also reported liking methylphenidate more than individuals without ADHD, the authors note. "The reinforcing responses to methylphenidate were negatively correlated with the dopamine increases, suggesting that decreased dopaminergic activity may also be involved in modulating the magnitude of the reinforcing effects of methylphenidate," they continue. "This suggests that dopamine dysfunction is involved with symptoms of inattention but may also contribute to substance abuse comorbidity in ADHD."
This research was supported in part by the Intramural Research Program of the National Institutes of Health, a contract from the Department of Energy, and by a grant from the National Institute of Mental Health. Please see the article for additional information, including other authors, author contributions and affiliations, financial disclosures, funding and support, etc.
Arch Gen Psychiatry. 2007;64(8):932-940.
SOURCE: American Medical Association
Monday, February 19, 2007
$4 RX at Wal-Mart
Now you can get certain medications for $4 at Wal-Mart, whether you have insurance or not.
If the link doesn't work, just go to walmart.com and click on Pharmacy on the left. Look for Generic Drug Program on the Pharmacy page. The program isn't perfect but it's bound to help a lot of people afford their meds.
Friday, December 01, 2006
Video Game Violence Goes Straight to Kids' Heads
11.28.06, 12:00 AM ET
"This is the first time that it has been demonstrated that violent video games can affect brain physiology and the way the brain functions," said lead researcher Dr. Vincent Mathews, professor of radiology at Indiana University School of Medicine.
"After playing a violent video game, these adolescents had an increased activity in the amygdala, which is involved in emotional arousal," Mathews said "At the same time, they had decreases in activity in parts of the brain which are involved in self-control,
The findings were to be presented Tuesday in Chicago at the annual meeting of the Radiological Society of North America.
Video games accounted for $10 billion in sales in the United States last year, but there is growing concern about the effects the games may have on those who play them.
In the study, Mathews's team randomly assigned 44 adolescents to play either a violent video game or a nonviolent video game for 30 minutes. They then had the adolescents undergo functional MRI (fMRI) brain scans while performing tasks that measured concentration and inhibition. fMRI measures real-time changes that occur when the brain is active.
The Indiana group found that, compared to children who weren't playing a violent video game, kids who played these games had more activation in the amygdala, a brain area closely linked to emotional arousal.
At the same time, their brains showed a reduced activation in prefrontal brain areas involved in inhibition, concentration and self-control.
"These findings raise concern that these types of video games are having some sort of effect on the brain and likely an effect on behavior as well," Mathews said.
"This is early evidence for a biological change supporting other research on violent video games," added David S. Bickham, a research scientist at the Center on Media and Child Health at the Harvard School of Public Health in Boston. "This is a first step in this kind of research, but it isn't conclusive," he said.
The research is opening up new areas in understanding the process of how violent media results in negative and aggressive social behaviors, Bickham said
Bickham said parents need to be vigilant regarding the media they are letting into their homes, since children learn from all media they encounter. "This is more evidence that violent media can lead to aggressive and negative behaviors," he said.
Sunday, October 01, 2006
United Press International - Consumer Health - ADHD raises teens' accident risk: "ADHD raises teens' accident risk"
By AMBER CORRIN
"WASHINGTON, Sept. 11 (UPI) -- Teenage drivers afflicted with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder face an even greater risk of car accidents, already the leading cause of death among adolescents in the United States, according to a new study at the University of Virginia Health System...
"Historically there's been this thinking that it's good to take a break (from the medications) on weekends or in the summer, kind of a 'drug holiday.' But those 'drug holidays' are the times when people end up in the emergency room," Cox said. "If you ask when teenagers are least likely to be medicated, and then you ask when they're most likely to be in accidents, it's the same answer." ...
Maintaining a regular dosing schedule can save a life, confirms Alison O'Brien, a 20-year-old Reston, Va., student. O'Brien was 16 when she was lucky to survive a head-on collision one Sunday morning when she forgot to take her daily ADHD treatment..."
Thursday, September 07, 2006
Type 3 Diabetes
Scientists say they may have discovered a previously unknown form of diabetes, after finding the brain produces insulin as well as the pancreas.
Tuesday, July 25, 2006
Wednesday, March 29, 2006
More on Provigil as an AD/HD Drug
Gov't Advisers Reject Strong ADHD Warnings
March 23, 2006 10:17:14 PM PST
Federal health advisers said Wednesday that Ritalin and other drugs for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder should not carry strong "black-box" warnings about potential cardiovascular and psychiatric risks.
Read the rest of the story here.
Saturday, March 25, 2006
The Gift of ADHD
You can read the article here: http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/7102727/site/newsweek/
Is ADHD a gift? What do you think? Feel free to leave your comments by replying to this blog entry below.
Thursday, February 02, 2006
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Thursday, December 08, 2005
New Drug for Treatment of ADHD
SPARLON should be available in early 2006, subject to final FDA approval. Click this link for more info: Cephalon, Inc
Thursday, December 01, 2005
By Janine Baker, OFI Associate
The Optimal Functioning Institute
HOLIDAY HELP FOR HOLIDAY HORRORS
Wednesday, November 16, 2005
This article link was submitted by:
Hi all -
News of a new delivery system for methylphenidate - a transdermal patch - from the recent joint meeting of the American and Canadian Academies of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry here in Toronto.
Ritalin Patch Awaiting Approval
CBS News Online
The Amen Clinic Newport Beach is conducting a study of brain function among healthy normal individuals aged 18 to 100.
Tuesday, November 15, 2005
"Researchers Stephen M. Rao, PhD, of the Medical College of Wisconsin, Deborah Harrington, MD, of the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Albuquerque, and Andrew R. Mayer, also of the Medical College, have now identified the areas in the brain that are responsible for perceiving the passage of time in order to carry out critical everyday functions."
Sunday, November 06, 2005
ADHD Medication and children's emotional expression
Common reasons behind a reluctance to employ drug therapy for
attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) are that children will
be subjected to a 'chemical cosh' and 'turned into zombies' on one
hand, or made more excitable on the other. There are also concerns
that therapy might depress mood and provoke suicidal ideation. Now a
new 29-item assessment tool has been validated that allows parents and
care staff to study and quantify scientifically any effect, positive
or negative, that medication has on a child's emotional expression and
to monitor change over time.
The Expression and Emotion Scale for Children (EESC) can be used to
measure a child's usual level of emotional expression before
treatment. Any effects of medication on the child's emotional state
such as flattening or blunting of affect, emotional lability or
positive expression effects, can then be determined by comparison of
pre and post-treatment scores. Similarly, the scale can be used in
children stabilised on one medication to assess the effects of
switching to a new drug or adding in a further medication. And the
scale can be used to compare groups of children on different
Results of two studies involving the EESC were presented this month in
Toronto, Canada, during the annual meeting of the American Academy of
Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP). One compared how different
medications (atomoxetine (Stattera) or stimulants ) affected emotional
expression in children with a diagnosis of ADHD. The other was a
double-blind randomised placebo-controlled clinical trial comparing
the effects of atomoxetine and placebo on emotional expression in
children with ADHD aged between 6 and 12 years.
In the first study involving 179 children with a diagnosis of ADHD
(105 receiving stimulants and 74 receiving atomoxetine), parents
completed the EESC for the child's current and most recent prior
medications. In the second study parents of 208 children
participating, completed the EESC at baseline and at the end of a
six-week course of treatment.
In Study 1 there were no statistically significant differences in EESC
scores between treatment groups regarding their current medication.
For children who had switched from a stimulant medication to either a
different stimulant or to atomoxetine, there was a statistically
significant improvement in emotional expression. Patients switched to
atomoxetine showed a greater mean change in emotional expression than
those switched to another stimulant (p=0.008) with treatment
differences most apparent in assessment of 'blunting' or 'flattening'
of affect (p=0.001). Children who switched medications because of
adverse events had significantly higher EESC scores than those
switching because of a lack of efficacy.
In the double-blind trial both placebo-treated and atomoxetine-treated
patients showed statistically significant improvements in emotional
expression. Treatment differences were not significant for either
total scores or any subscale scores.
The studies' authors suggest that where there are problems regarding
emotional expression, this may be improved by selecting an alternative
medication. They added: "Patients who switched from stimulant
treatments improved more by switching to atomoxetine than to another
stimulant." The double-blind trial suggests that atomoxetine did not
significantly influence emotional expression in either a positive or
negative direction, they concluded.
Ref: AACAP 2005. Kratchovil CJ, Faries DE, Vaughan BS, et al.
Emotional expression during ADHD treatment: initial assessment of
Friday, November 04, 2005
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Wednesday, November 02, 2005
Friday, October 07, 2005
Study #1: The National Center for Gender Issues and ADHD is recruiting women age 23 to 60 with, and without, ADHD to participate in the research study focusing on the Women's AD/HD Self-Assessment Symptom Inventory (SASI). The SASI is a self-assessment tool, which aids in the diagnostic process by obtaining information on both childhood and adult AD/HD patterns. The purpose, of the study, is to determine the reliability and validity of the instrument. Participation in the study requires the completion of the SASI instrument. All information provided by participants will be held in confidence and identities will remain anonymous. For participants' convenience, the SASI tool can be completed via the web. Click on the provided link to begin taking the survey. http://data.ed.uidaho.edu/sasi/
If you have questions regarding the study, please contact Joy Jansen at SASIstudy@uidaho.edu.
Study #2: This study will investigate how a history of ADHD affects self-concepts of women. Study participants must be between 25 and 45 years of age, have a diagnosis of ADHD or think they have ADHD, and are not currently abusing drugs or alcohol. Volunteers must complete 5 pencil and paper questionnaires, and return them in a prepaid mailing envelope to the researcher. The questionnaires will ask participant about their feelings, about themselves, and others.
All information will be kept confidential. Each person who completes the study will receive three opportunities to win $50.00. Participation in the study requires approximately 60-90 minutes.
Tuesday, October 04, 2005
Tuesday, September 27, 2005
Wednesday, September 21, 2005
Fw: Yahoo! News Story - Study: Adult Use of ADHD Medicines Doubles - Yahoo! News
It's interesting to see that the press is picking up on the fact that ADHD
continues until adulthood.
Study: Adult Use of ADHD Medicines Doubles - Yahoo! News
BTW Laura, If you would like your contact information posted along with this link please let us know!
Monday, September 05, 2005
To all ADD Coaches:
The call is going out to coaches everywhere for help in identifying and acknowledging the people who shaped and are shaping the coaching field internationally.
ADD Coaches are encouraged to take the survey - longtime coach Vikki Brock, MCC, a personal friend, is responsible for this survey. You can help her out AND get some ADD Coaches in this survey!
Then, pass it on to anyone in your network who qualifies (non-ADDers too!)
NOTE requested response deadline:
Please complete the survey by Friday September 30, 2005.
It's Vikki Brock here and I am doing my PhD dissertation on the evolution of professional coaching.
My intent is to identify and acknowledge the people who shaped and are shaping the coaching field internationally. As such, the purpose of this survey is to:
* Recognize key people and organizations who have contributed most to professional coaching.
* Create an International Who's Who of key influencers on the coaching field.
* Identify individuals and organizations for follow-on interviews to gather further details on the evolution of coaching.
You are eligible to complete this survey if you are a(n):
* Established coaching organization
* Coach training school or program
* Academic or education institution who offers or is considering offering coaching education
* Significant purchaser or provider of coaching
* Professional in a related profession such as psychology, organization development, human resources, etc
* Professional coach
I appreciate your participation in this survey. The survey should take 15-20 minutes to complete - your input will make a difference in creating an accurate representation of the history of the coaching field.
You have the opportunity to leave your name and contact information at the end of the survey if you would like to receive the aggregate results of this survey. All your answers are anonymous and confidential, used for research purposes only. Your contact information will not be associated with your questionnaire responses. Upon survey completion, you will also have an opportunity to nominate yourself for the "Who's Who in Coaching".
Please complete the survey by Friday September 30, 2005. Surveys are welcome thru the end of 2005 and the first round of analysis will begin October 1, 2005.
I ask you to enlist your members, colleagues, clients, graduates and/or students to complete this survey and contribute their legacy to the evolution of coaching.
Click here to take the survey: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s.asp?u=503201288237. Note: If you use AOL you will need to log in using a non-AOL browser such as Internet Explorer.
I thank you in advance for your participation in the survey.
Best Regards, Vikki
Vikki G. Brock, MBA
Master Certified Coach, Certified Executive Coach
Executive and Leadership Coaching and Consulting
PH 206-297-9300 FX 206-297-9301 CL 206-910-4328
"A living legacy has no age" Vikki G. Brock
(posted on behalf of MGH)
Thursday, September 01, 2005
ADDResources.org is hosting some free audio recordings at their website from the 14th-20th.
I will try to add more later..