Close X
Get more out of WDDTY.com
by joining the site for free
Free 17-point plan to great health
Twice weekly e-news bulletins
Access to our News, Forums and Blogs
Sign up for free and claim your
17-point plan to great health
Free 17-point plan to great health

Twice weekly e-news bulletins

Access to our News, Forums and Blogs
OR

If you want to read our in-depth research articles or
have our amazing magazine delivered to your home
each month, then you have to pay.


Click here if you're interested
Helping you make better health choices

In shops now or delivered to your home from only £3.50 an issue!

Subscribe!

Panel calls for rethink on the use of ritalin
About the author: 
WDDTY Team

An expert panel from the National Institutes of Health in America has called for a urgent review of the use of Ritalin (methylphenidate hydrochloride) in treating attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)

An expert panel from the National Institutes of Health in America has called for a urgent review of the use of Ritalin (methylphenidate hydrochloride) in treating attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). The panel also called for clarification on the diagnosis of ADHD.

Although ADHD is one of the most commonly diagnosed disorders in childhood, the panel found no consistency in the treatment, diagnosis or follow up of children with the disorder.

In particular, the panel focused on the efficacy, as well as the long term effects, of Ritalin. Studies into the long term treatment of ADHD, usually with a combination of Ritalin and amphetamines, are thin on the ground due to poor follow up. In the short term, what is known is that current treatment regimes, whether they be with drugs or behavioural therapy, do not appear to improve academic achievement or long term outcomes, thus throwing into question the current high use of Ritalin.

While America remains undecided about the use of Ritalin, parents in Israel have expressed their concern about the use of the drug. There is currently a private members bill being introduced into the Israeli parliament, the Knesset, which would regulate the use of Ritalin in the treatment of ADHD. The Israel Medical Association and the country's health ministry are both opposed to the bill. Nevertheless, it represents a valid attempt to stop incorrect diagnosis of ADHD and the widespread, unnecessary taking of Ritalin by Israeli children.

A study into children's eating habits in America may enlighten us further as the causes of poor physical and mental health in childhood. Researchers found that children's major sources of nutrients were breakfast cereals and fruit juices (Pediatrics, 1998; 102: 913-23). Major sources of energy, fat and protein were milk, yeasted bread, cakes, biscuits, quick bread and doughnuts, as well as beef and cheese. High consumption of these foods compromised the intake of more nutritious foods.


You may also be interested in...

Latest Tweet

About

Since 1989, WDDTY has provided thousands of resources on how to beat asthma, arthritis, depression and many other chronic conditions.

Start by looking in our fully searchable database, active and friendly community forums and the latest health news.

Positive SSL Wildcard

Facebook Twitter

Most Popular Health Website of the Year 2014

© 2010 - 2017 WDDTY Publishing Ltd.
All Rights Reserved