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Ritalin Use May Affect Developing Brains of Children: From "Sham vs. Wham: The Health Insider"



 
 
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Old July 21st 07, 02:42 PM posted to misc.health.alternative,alt.support.attn-deficit,misc.kids.health,misc.headlines
Jan Drew
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Default Ritalin Use May Affect Developing Brains of Children: From "Sham vs. Wham: The Health Insider"


"D." wrote in message
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Today's post from "Sham vs. Wham: The Health Insider" (http://
shamvswham.blogspot.com)

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Ritalin Use May Affect Developing Brain

New research in animals shows that use of the attention deficit/
hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) drug Ritalin by young children may cause
long-term changes in their developing brains. This new study was
performed by a research team at Weill Cornell Medical College in New
York City; it was reported on in the Journal of Neuroscience.

Between 2 and 18 percent of American children are thought to be
affected by ADHD, and Ritalin, a stimulant similar to amphetamine and
cocaine, remains one of the most prescribed drugs for the behavioral
disorder.

The study's senior author Dr. Teresa Milner, professor of neuroscience
at Weill Cornell Medical College, describes the research: "The changes
we saw in the brains of treated rats occurred in areas strongly linked
to higher executive functioning, addiction and appetite, social
relationships and stress." she said.

The findings, specially highlighted in the Journal of Neuroscience,
suggest that doctors must be very careful in their diagnosis of ADHD
before prescribing Ritalin. That's because the brain changes noted in
the study might be helpful in battling the disorder but harmful if
given to youngsters with healthy brain chemistry, Dr. Milner says.
There were changes evident in a part of the brain responsible for
higher executive thinking and decision-making. There were also
significant changes in catecholamine function in the hippocampus, a
center for memory and learning.

Other clinical studies are underway that are testing the drug in 2 and
3-year old children.

D.

Even though the label states...NOT to be given under age six.

http://faculty.washington.edu/chudler/ritalin.html


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Old July 21st 07, 04:01 PM posted to misc.health.alternative,alt.support.attn-deficit,misc.kids.health,misc.headlines
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Default Ritalin Use May Affect Developing Brains of Children: From "Sham vs. Wham: The Health Insider"

Jan, not even doctors mind what is on the label. "Off label" use is a
very big trend in the world of doctors,

Dave

On Jul 21, 6:42 am, "Jan Drew" wrote:
"D." wrote in message

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Today's post from "Sham vs. Wham: The Health Insider" (http://
shamvswham.blogspot.com)


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Ritalin Use May Affect Developing Brain


New research in animals shows that use of the attention deficit/
hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) drug Ritalin by young children may cause
long-term changes in their developing brains. This new study was
performed by a research team at Weill Cornell Medical College in New
York City; it was reported on in the Journal of Neuroscience.


Between 2 and 18 percent of American children are thought to be
affected by ADHD, and Ritalin, a stimulant similar to amphetamine and
cocaine, remains one of the most prescribed drugs for the behavioral
disorder.


The study's senior author Dr. Teresa Milner, professor of neuroscience
at Weill Cornell Medical College, describes the research: "The changes
we saw in the brains of treated rats occurred in areas strongly linked
to higher executive functioning, addiction and appetite, social
relationships and stress." she said.


The findings, specially highlighted in the Journal of Neuroscience,
suggest that doctors must be very careful in their diagnosis of ADHD
before prescribing Ritalin. That's because the brain changes noted in
the study might be helpful in battling the disorder but harmful if
given to youngsters with healthy brain chemistry, Dr. Milner says.
There were changes evident in a part of the brain responsible for
higher executive thinking and decision-making. There were also
significant changes in catecholamine function in the hippocampus, a
center for memory and learning.


Other clinical studies are underway that are testing the drug in 2 and
3-year old children.


D.


Even though the label states...NOT to be given under age six.

http://faculty.washington.edu/chudler/ritalin.html



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Old July 21st 07, 04:16 PM posted to misc.health.alternative,alt.support.attn-deficit,misc.kids.health,misc.headlines
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Default Ritalin Use May Affect Developing Brains of Children: From "Sham vs. Wham: The Health Insider"

On Jul 21, 11:01 am, "D." wrote:
Jan, not even doctors mind what is on the label. "Off label" use is a
very big trend in the world of doctors,

It is a very dangerous trend. Promoted by drug sales reps. Look at the
number of black box warnings generated often from this practice

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Old July 21st 07, 07:03 PM posted to misc.health.alternative,alt.support.attn-deficit,misc.kids.health,misc.headlines
David Wright
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Default Ritalin Use May Affect Developing Brains of Children: From "Sham vs. Wham: The Health Insider"

In article . com,
bigvince wrote:
On Jul 21, 11:01 am, "D." wrote:
Jan, not even doctors mind what is on the label. "Off label" use is a
very big trend in the world of doctors,

It is a very dangerous trend. Promoted by drug sales reps. Look at the
number of black box warnings generated often from this practice


Of course, now it's looking as though the black box warnings on
antidepressants were a cure worse than the disease, so to speak.

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Old July 22nd 07, 03:33 AM posted to misc.health.alternative,alt.support.attn-deficit,misc.kids.health,misc.headlines
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bigvince wrote:
On Jul 21, 11:01 am, "D." wrote:
Jan, not even doctors mind what is on the label. "Off label" use is a
very big trend in the world of doctors,

It is a very dangerous trend. Promoted by drug sales reps. Look at the
number of black box warnings generated often from this practice


Do tell how many black box warnings have specifically generated by this
practice. Bet you cannot.
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Old July 22nd 07, 10:03 AM posted to misc.health.alternative,alt.support.attn-deficit,misc.kids.health,misc.headlines
Jan Drew
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Default Ritalin Use May Affect Developing Brains of Children: From "Sham vs. Wham: The Health Insider"


"Mark Probert" wrote ...

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bigvince wrote:
On Jul 21, 11:01 am, "D." wrote:
Jan, not even doctors mind what is on the label. "Off label" use is a
very big trend in the world of doctors,

It is a very dangerous trend. Promoted by drug sales reps. Look at the
number of black box warnings generated often from this practice




 




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