ADHD treatment may increase obesity risk
Previous studies have linked ADHD with an increased risk of obesity. Now researchers at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health say the reason may be because of ADHD stimulant medications, rather than the condition itself.
Using the electronic health record data from the Gesinger Health System, the researchers analyzed 163,820 children between the ages of 3 to 18 years. They found that children who had ADHD and were treated with stimulants experienced a fast adolescent BMI growth compared to children with no ADHD history or stimulant use. Also, the earlier children began using stimulants, the stronger these weight effects were.
This research, published in the journal Pediatrics, backs current research indicating a relationship between ADHD and obesity. However, more research is needed to determine the exact reason behind this connection.
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Published On: Mar 18th 2014
Men receive faster care for heart attacks than women
Gender may play a role in how quickly a person receives treatment for a heart attack. Research published in Canadian Medical Association Journal says health professionals tend treat men for suspected heart attacks more aggressively than they do women.
Researchers from McGill University Health Centre in Montréal analyzed 1,123 patients between the ages of 18 and 55 years old from the U.S., Canada and Switzerland. In this group, 32 percent were women and 68 percent were men. The median age was 50 for women and 49 for men. After being admitted to the hospital, the individuals filled out a survey on gender norms.
Men had electrocardiograms (ECGs) and fibrinolysis much faster than women. Men typically received ECGs within15 minutes, whereas women received them within 21 minutes. Men received fibrinolysis within 28 minutes compared to women’s 36 minutes.
Why the difference? One researcher noted women tend to have more anxiety than men with noncardiac chest pain. Also, heart attack rates are lower in women than men. As a result, hospital staff may initially dismiss a cardiac event in women. The study also found that both men and women with feminine traits were more likely to wait longer for treatment compared to those with masculine traits.
However, a few things may have skewed the results. Patients with missing data were excluded from the study, reducing the sample size. Also, the sample size was smaller because the selection involved only survivors of acute coronary syndrome.
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Sourced from: medicalnewstoday.com, Men receive faster care than women for heart attacks, study shows
Published On: Mar 18th 2014