Watchdog slams safeguards for foster kids on psych drugs
WASHINGTON (AP) — Thousands of foster children may be getting powerful psychiatric drugs prescribed to them without basic safeguards, says a federal watchdog agency that found a failure to care for youngsters whose lives have already been disrupted.
By some accounts, Utah has more cases of attention deficit disorder and attention deficit hyperactive disorder than most other states in the nation. While I find this somewhat difficult to believe, I do know we have our fair share of this somewhat elusive condition. According to the Utah Parent Center, some 5 to 8 percent of children and 2 to 4 percent of adults carry the ADHD diagnosis.
Question: After two years of chemotherapy for acute lymphocytic leukemia, our 6-year-old daughter is now in remission. We’ve recently noticed she has difficulty focusing and staying on task. Otherwise, she is bright, happy and well-behaved. Her physician told us that chemotherapy involves neurotoxins that can cause focusing issues in children. He referred us to a neuropsychiatrist who administered a five-hour battery of tests, diagnosed ADD and prescribed an ADD drug. After reading you for years, I don’t believe that an “illness” called ADD truly exists. But is chemotherapy-induced ADD a valid thing, and if so, what do you recommend?
Aubrey Huff’s book details dangers involved in abuse of Adderall by athletes
Astros fans might remember Aubrey Huff as part of a 2006 trade with Tampa Bay that cost the team infielder Ben Zobrist, who has won back-to-back World Series rings with Kansas City and the Chicago Cubs.
San Francisco fans remember Huff for his run as "Huff Daddy," whose red "rally thong" was a source of entertainment and inspiration for the Giants en route to the 2010 World Series title, the first of two championship teams for which he played.
Nonprofit organizes Greenwich ADHD workshop with leading psychologist
GREENWICH — The Westport-based nonprofit Smart Kids with Learning Disabilities Inc. will present a half-day workshop on helping children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder Friday.
The program, titled “Effective Approaches to Developing Executive Function Skills” will run from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Innis Arden Golf Club at 120 Tomac Avenue in Greenwich. Feature speaker will be bestselling author Peg Dawson.