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Most Preschoolers With Mood, Behavior, And Social Disorders Would Benefit From Non-Medication Therapies, Experts Say

HealthDay (11/21, Pallarito) reports, “Most preschoolers with mood, behavior and social disorders would benefit from non-drug therapies, but few receive this type of help,” experts from the American Academy of Pediatrics found in a new report. Because “parents, policymakers and” other caregivers “fail to recognize that young children are affected by the things that happen around them,” the AAP has proposed suggestions “for closing the treatment gap…in a policy statement published online Nov. 21 in the journal Pediatrics.”

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— “Troubled Preschoolers Not Getting Effective Treatment: Report,”Karen Pallarito, HealthDay, November 21, 2016.

University Programs Attempt To Help Students With Autism Diagnoses Adjust To College Life

On its front page, the New York Times (11/20, A1, Hoffman, Subscription Publication) reported in a greater than 2,400-word story on the adjustments students with autism diagnoses face as they transition from high school to college. Currently, there are about 40 colleges around the US that have special “comprehensive support” programs designed to help students with autism. The “nuanced and complex” needs of these students, however, mean challenges remain for many, the Times reports.

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— “Along the Autism Spectrum, a Path Through Campus Life,”Jan Hoffman, The New York Times, November 20, 2016.

Girls Diagnosed With AD/HD May Have Higher Risk For Multiple Mental Disorders That Often Lead To Later Problems, Meta-Analysis Indicates

HCP Live (11/18, Lutz) reported that girls who are diagnosed with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (AD/HD) may “have a higher risk for multiple mental disorders that often lead to problems down the road,” researchers found after examining “data on nearly 2,000 girls primarily aged 8 to 13 years old, with and without” AD/HD, “in a meta-analysis of 18 studies.” The findings were published in the September issue of Pediatrics.

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— “Girls with ADHD Often have Comorbid Behavioral Disorders,”Rachel Lutz, MD Magazine, November 18, 2016.

Teens Living In Cohesive Neighborhoods May Experience Fewer Symptoms Of Depression, Anxiety, Researchers Say

HealthDay (11/18, Salamon) reported, “Teenagers living in cohesive neighborhoods – where trusted neighbors get involved in monitoring each other’s children – experience fewer symptoms of depression and anxiety,” researchers found examining “information on more than 2,200 children born in large US cities.” The findings were published in the November issue of Health Affairs.

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— “Neighborhoods May Be Key to Teens’ Mental Well-Being,” Maureen Salamon, HealthDay, November 18, 2016.

Report From US Surgeon General Highlights Scope Of Addiction Crisis

The Washington Post (11/17, Bernstein) says that on Thursday, US Surgeon General Dr. Vivek Murthy unveiled a landmark report which “places drug and alcohol addiction alongside smoking, AIDS and other public health crises of the past half-century, calling the current epidemic ‘a moral test for America.’”

USA Today (11/17, Hafner) says the report, called “Facing Addiction in America: The Surgeon General’s Report on Alcohol, Drugs, and Health,” found that “one in seven Americans,” or nearly 21 million people, will face substance addiction, but only about “10% of those now addicted receive treatment.” Data also show one person “dies every 19 minutes from opioid or heroin overdose alone.”

On its website, ABC News (11/17, Mohney) says that at present, “the number of people with a substance use disorder exceeds the number of people diagnosed with cancer – any kind of cancer, according to the report.” In addition, while data show “32,744 people died from car accidents in 2014, the report found that approximately 50,000 people died from either an opioid, alcohol or other drug overdose that year.”

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— “Landmark report by Surgeon General calls drug crisis ‘a moral test for America’,”Lenny Bernstein, The Washington Post, November 17, 2016.

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