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Current Criteria for Diagnosing Eating Disorders May Exclude Sickest Patients

A new study from the Stanford University School of Medicine and Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital has found that many patients who do not meet full criteria for Anorexia Nervosa or Bulemia Nervosa are still extremely imparied, and the diagnosis they now receive, “Eating Disorder Not Otherwise Specified,” may delay their ability to get treatment.  The study’s […]

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ADHD in Adolescents Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Stimulants

In a recent study comparing treatment regimens in adolescents with ADHD and substance abuse problems, patients were given Concerta with Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and placebo with CBT.  The results were surprising, it appeared that both treatment groups had similar reductions in ADHD symptoms.  The patients who were treated with Concerta did have more side effect symptoms such as […]

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Cyber Bullying

Bullying is no longer about the strong picking on the weak in the schoolyard. Many students are using texting, e-mails, chat rooms and social networks to intimidate a peer. The damage done by cyber bullies is not easily recognized and can be infinitely more painful. Cyber Bullying Statistics,Based on 2004 i-SAFE survey of 1,500 students […]

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Obesity Gene Can Be Counteracted

Many obese patients like to blame their weight problems on their genes.  A recent study in the Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine evaluated a specific variant of the FTO gene that controls fat mass and exercise has shown that daily moderate to vigorous excercise can counteract the effects of the gene.  Previous studies showed that there […]

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ADHD diagnosed in Adults

More and more adults are now being diagnosed with ADHD.  Part of the reason is that ADHD is now recognized more and more by physicians and the public awareness of the disorder.  I often see children in my practice with ADHD and notice that the parents have very similar symptoms of impulsivity and distractibility.  Sometimes […]

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Bullying: the one child-safety hazard we don’t address

Last week’s bullying related death of Phoebe Prince in Massachusettes once again demonstrates the immediate and serious child health and safety problem of bullying. In the loud echo of these nationally-publicized incidents, it would seem that there would be a national call-to-action. If it were another problem killing our children at school, let’s say a […]

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