By Nancy Walsh
The use of stimulant medications among children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) continues to rise, particularly among adolescents, a nationally representative survey showed.
In 2008, these medications were used by 3.5% (95% CI 3.0 to 4.1) of children ages 18 and younger compared with 2.4% (95% CI 1.8 to 2.9) in 1996, according to Samuel H. Zuvekas, PhD, of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality in Rockville, Md., and Benedetto Vitiello, MD, of the National Institute of Mental Health in Bethesda, Md.
But among those ages 13 to 18, the rate of use increased by 6.5% annually, rising from 2.3% (95% CI 1.5 to 3.1) in 1996 and reaching 5% (95% CI 3.9 to 6.1) by 2008 (P<0.001), the researchers reported online in the American Journal of Psychiatry.
Full story at Med Page Today
By Jessica Laurence
If you’ve ever had a hangover so horrible that you vowed never to get drunk again, help could be on its way in pill form.
Scientists at the University of Adelaide are carrying out tests on a newly-developed drug which could prevent drinkers from getting drunk and wanting to drink more.
In trials, when mice were given enough alcohol to make them show signs of intoxication, the ones taking the medication remained sober.
Full story at AOL
By Kimberly Stakal
Food can be physically suggestive, have arousing aromas, be sensuously supple and entice all sorts of sexual urges to the surface. Serve up these succulent aphrodisiacs with a dinner menu that will amp up your (and your partner’s) sex drive. By the end of the meal, you’ll be begging for seconds, and I don’t mean of the food…
Thanks to the Doctrine of Signatures, which says that foods resembling certain body parts have a direct positive effect on them, asparagus has made the eternal list of aphrodisiacs. After all, it bears a strong resemblance to the, shall we say, male qualities. This phallic vegetable is elegant and sexual at the same time, making it a perfect addition to any dinner spread. Wrap it in smoky prosciutto for a sensual side, or serve it steamed and slathered in butter for a dripping sensation. It’s hard not to think dirty thoughts while feeding each other long spears of this luscious vegetable.
Full story at Huffington Post
By Letter to the Editor
Regarding the Sept. 14 editorial “A long-overdue recovery”:
While St. Elizabeths Hospital has modestly improved through its new building and the efforts of Stephen T. Baron, its director, the District’s approach to residents with the most severe mental illnesses is no cause for congratulation.
When men and women can be found, on almost any block, muttering to voices nobody else can hear, wearing urine-drenched clothing they’re not even aware of, sleeping in doorways or on steaming Metro grates and eating out of trash cans, we are not seeing evidence of “a flourishing system of community health care.”
Full story at Washington Post
Knowledge about the biological origin of diseases like schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and other psychiatric conditions is critical to improving diagnosis and treatment.
In an effort to push the field forward, three UCLA researchers, along with scientists from more than 20 countries, have been taking part in one of the largest collaborative efforts in psychiatry — a genome-wide study involving more than 50,000 study participants aimed at identifying which genetic variants make people susceptible to psychiatric disease.
This collaborative, the Psychiatric Genome-Wide Association Study Consortium (PGC), now reports in the current online edition of the journal Nature Genetics that it has discovered that common genetic variants contribute to a person’s risk of schizophrenia and bipolar disorder.
Full story at Science Daily