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Stimulant Medications For Treatment Of Childhood AD/HD May Inhibit Long-Term Growth

MD Magazine (3/27, Black) reports that stimulant medications for the “treatment of childhood attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder” (AD/HD) may “inhibit long-term growth.” The findings of the large study were published online March 10 in the Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry.

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— “Studies Continue to Conflict on Whether ADHD Meds Stunt Growth – See more at: http://www.mdmag.com/medical-news/studies-continue-to-conflict-on-whether-adhd-meds-stunt-growth#sthash.P25LIUhU.dpuf,” Ryan Black, MD Magazine, March , 2017.

Guidelines Lacking On Discontinuation Of Cholinesterase Inhibitors For Alzheimer’s Symptoms

Medscape (3/27, Melville) reports that even though “guidelines for initiating treatment of symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease (AD) with cholinesterase inhibitors are well established, guidance and consensus as to when, how, and even whether to discontinue the treatment are lacking,” researchers concluded in a presentation given at the American Association for Geriatric Psychiatry’s annual meeting.

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More Senior Women Expected To Drink And/Or Abuse Alcohol

Medical Daily (3/27, Dovey) reports “current trends suggest that the number of women aged 60 and older who drink and/or abuse alcohol is set to increase,” researchers concluded after analyzing “data from the 1997 to 2014 National Health Interview Surveys, which included information from 65,303 individuals over the age of 60.” The findings were published online March 24 in Alcoholism: Clinical & Experimental Research.

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— “More Elderly Women Expected To Drink And Abuse Alcohol; What This Means For Their Health,” Dana Dovey, Medical Daily, March 27, 2017.

Addiction Specialists Ponder a Potential Aid: Pot

On the front of its Science Times section, the New York Times (3/27, D1, Richtel, Subscription Publication) reports that studies performed in rats indicate “the idea that the use of cannabinoids can induce withdrawal from heavier substances.” In humans, however, “a report published in January from the National Academy of Sciences on the health effects of cannabis ‘found no evidence to support or refute the conclusion that cannabinoids are an effective treatment for achieving abstinence in the use of addictive substances,’ said Dr. Marie McCormick, a Harvard professor who was the chairwoman of the report committee.”

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— “Addiction Specialists Ponder a Potential Aid: Pot,” MATT RICHTEL, New York Times, March 27, 2017.

Kids Of Older Mothers May Tend To Have Fewer Behavioral, Social, And Emotional Problems, Researchers Say

HealthDay (3/23, Preidt) reports, “Older mothers are less likely to scold or punish their young children, and those children tend to have fewer behavioral, social and emotional problems,” researchers found after examining data “from a random sample of just over 4,700 Danish mothers.” The study authors theorized that “older moms tend to have more stable relationships, are more educated, and have more wealth and resources.” The findings were published in the European Journal of Developmental Psychology.

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— “Older Mothers May Raise Better-Behaved Kids, Study Suggests,”Robert Preidt, HealthDay, March 23, 2017.

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