ADHD drugs have no long-term growth effects: study

Children's Health, Mental Health, Parenting
When I wrote the medical sections for the book, Why ADHD Doesn't Mean Disaster, I discussed the fact that there had been concerns, in some circles, that ADHD medications may effect a child's growth -- although the risk of this effect (if real) was far less than the risks, for most children, particularly teens, of not utilizing the medications. Now, it will be easier for me to reassure my patients and their parents as a new study is reporting that neither attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) nor the medications used to treat it have a long-term impact on a child's growth. (By the way, my ADHD book, in both the soft cover and hard cover is currently on sale at my online bookstore.) Here are the details from a report in…
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Online Brazilian Diet Pills Can Be Addictive

Alternative Medicine, Nutritional Health, Obesity
Researcher have found a dangerous mix of amphetamines, tranquilizers and antidepressants found in some pills. Although marketed on the Internet as "natural," the popular weight loss supplements known as Brazilian diet pills contain potentially addictive ingredients. Here are the details in a report from HealthFinder: The U.S. Food and Drug Administration warned consumers in 2006 of dangers associated with the diet pills, but they remain popular and easy to order online, the researchers say. "What we have seen and what the FDA has found is that, unfortunately, there are dozens of products that are sold as dietary supplements that are contaminated with pharmaceutical compounds," said lead researcher Dr. Pieter Cohen, an instructor in medicine at Harvard Medical School. People already prone to addiction can become dependent on these nonprescription drugs, and…
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