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April 8, 2013
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Did you know that stress aggravates Irritable Bowel Syndrome by altering brain-gut interactions and inducing intestinal inflammation that often leads to severe or chronic belly pain, loss of appetite and diarrhea?Stress suppresses inflammasomes, which are needed to maintain normal gut microbiota. Probiotics reversed this effect in animal models, according to a recent study in Gastroenterology.

 
 

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The Shocking Rise in Rates of Attention Disorders. Why?

A Centers for Disease Control survey of parents says 1 in 50 U.S. schoolchildren has autism, surpassing another federal estimate for the disorder. 

 

Nearly one in five high school age boys in the United States and 11 percent of school-age children overall have received a medical diagnosis of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (A.D.H.D.). 

 

The astronomical numbers suggest that doctors are diagnosing autism more frequently, especially in children with milder problems and with it, overuse of medication. 

  

This has caused significant outrage within the medical community for several reasons.

  1. The CDC's numbers are important. Government officials look at how common each illness or disorder is when weighing how to spend limited public health funds. However, there are no blood or biologic tests for autism, so diagnosis is not an exact science. It's identified by making judgments about a child's behavior.      
  2. About two-thirds of those with a current diagnosis receive prescriptions for stimulants like Ritalin or Adderall, which can help, but has little long-term research and can also lead to addiction, anxiety and occasionally psychosis.      
  3. Even more disconcerting is that mild symptoms are being diagnosed so readily, which goes well beyond the disorder and beyond the zone of ambiguity to pure enhancement of children who are otherwise healthy. Even more teenagers are likely to be prescribed medication in the near future because the American Psychiatric Association plans to change the definition of A.D.H.D. to allow more people to receive the diagnosis and treatment.      
  4. Many say the new CDC results suggest that millions of children may be taking medication merely to calm behavior or to do better in school. Pills that are shared with or sold to classmates, long tolerated in college settings and gaining traction in high-achieving high schools, are particularly dangerous because of their health risks when abused. The rising rates of stimulant prescriptions among children can be likened to the overuse of pain medications and antibiotics in adults.

Steve: It should come as a no surprise that sales of stimulants to treat A.D.H.D. have more than doubled to $9 billion in 2012 from $4 billion in 2007.


We do not deny that number of children with autism and attention deficit disorders have risen, but at the level the CDC claims? When you speak with teachers about the differences in behavior between kids now and a generation ago, many say they have never been more scared for the future. Others will tell you that before the dramatic increase in diagnosis and more frequent drug therapy, kids were just considered hyper. 

 

As to the cause(s)? There are no definitive answers yet. Experts predict myriad factors, including environment, diet, lifestyle, and genetic expression. 

 

What we can say is that stimulants are NOT the long-term solution. The only long-term study performed on stimulants was published just last month, and the results were woeful. Alternatively, recent research has shown diet and nutrients to be very helpful.

 

We delve deeper into causes and treatment developments in today's issue of NCI Well Connect.

 

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