FROM Alan Schwarz
The Rise of ADHD There's growing concern among some doctors that Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder is over diagnosed and over prescribed by as much as 50 percent over the past ten years. When kids really have that condition, drugs can improve their lives drastically. But the same drugs can also produce addiction, anxiety and even psychosis. That's according to reporting by Alan Schwarz, staff writer for the New York Times .
Football and the Cost of Concussions At a congressional hearing last month, California Democrat Linda Sanchez accused the National Football League of being in a state of denial, comparable to the tobacco industry's refusal to admit the link between tobacco smoking and cancer. The issue was growing medical evidence about the relationship between concussions on the football field and brain disease in players' later lives. Yesterday, the co-chairs of the NFL's committee on brain injuries resigned and some new rules were instituted.
Football and the Cost of Concussions As a long weekend full of football gets under way, the National Football League is on the defensive over the long-term effects of concussions. There's increasing evidence that multiple head-pounding produces brain disease akin to Alzheimer's, but official recognition has been a long-time coming. Yesterday, the co-chairs of the NFL's committee on brain injuries resigned and some new rules were instituted. As of this weekend, independent neurologists will advise team doctors, coaches and players on how soon, if ever, players who've been knocked silly can return to the game. Has the NFL been in a state of denial? What's the message for college football and parents whose kids play football in high school?
Increased Dementia Risk Seen for NFL Players The National Football League has long denied that retired players are subject to Alzheimer's or other memory-related diseases. But a study commissioned by the NFL itself reports otherwise. What will that mean not just for the pros but for high-school and college players who often suffer concussions? One neurosurgeon calls it “a game changer,” according to the New York Times in an article by Alan Schwarz.
"Tough on crime" rhetoric sees a revival at Sessions' DOJ The pendulum swings between treatment-focused approaches to drug abuse and tough law enforcement. Now, after years of Obama-era "reforms," President Trump’s Attorney General, Jeff Sessions wants local police freed from federal restrictions to fight another "war on drugs."
Why Don't Facts Matter? "Fake News" may have a long history, but social media and 21st Century politics have brought it front and center. One reason for its appeal and its power is the tendency of so many people to cling to their beliefs — even when confronted with contradictory evidence. Today, another look at the Emotional States of America.
Mixed Messages from US diplomats on the new hard line on Syria Since President Trump's surprise retaliation against Syria's use of chemical weapons, Bashar al-Assad has used the same airport to launch conventional attacks on his own people. It's not clear what the US, its allies — or Vladimir Putin's Russia -- plan to do now.