Rising Rates of Autism and ADHD: What are We to Make of This?

Several recent studies have reported continued increases in the rates of both ADHD and autistic spectrum disorders. For Autism, a new study from the CDC found an overall rate of 1 in 88 children (1 in 54 boys and 1 in 252 girls).  This rate is much higher than the 1 in 155 reported in […]

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Who Should Evaluate and Treat ADHD? The AAP’s Nudge

In October, the journal Pediatrics, based right here in Vermont, published updated guidelines from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) regarding the assessment and treatment of ADHD.   Since its publication, what has clearly generated the most media discussion about these new guidelines is the inclusion of preschool children (age 4 and above) in the recommendations.  […]

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New NEJM Study Shows No Increased Cardiovascular Risk with ADHD Medications

by John Koutras, MD The use of ADHD drugs was not associated with an increased risk of serious cardiovascular events in children and young adults.  This was the overall finding of a new study published in the New England Journal of Medicine.  ADHD medications are prescribed for more than 2.7 million children in the US […]

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