AADT's Session Wrap-Up
> 10/29/2007 9:02:04 AM

Last week, we pursued insight into Asberger's by interviewing a thoughtful author who received the diagnosis late in life. We covered two smoking stories that, when put together, magnify the disconnect between tobacco comapanies and accepted knowledge; companies are rushing to offer preventative addiction care to their employees even as tobacco researchers try to obscure the danger of second-hand smoke. We also covered two stories about suprising emotional protections. One, higher birthweight, is obviously out of your control, but the other, adequate sleep, is something to consider when you find yourself blurry-eyed and irritable. Here's some stories that didn't get mentioned last week, but still were worth a look:

Gauging Parent Knowledge About Teens’ Substance Use - A interesting survey study from the University of Buffalo found that parents are usually aware of their teens substance use, although they do underestimate the extent of that use.

Whether Kids with ADHD Get Treated May Depend on Parents' Income - Researchers in Cincinnati examined the rate of treatment of ADHD and potential factors for whether or not treatment occurs. As they published in the Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine, one major reason for children not receiving treatment of ADHD is the financial concerns of their parents.

The Smoking Scourge Among Urban Blacks - While smoking has declined, minority groups and those with less education tend to smoke at higher levels than other groups. As the New York Times reports, some cities—like Baltimore—are stepping up to try to stop high rates of smoking among their at risk citizens.

Depression, Anxiety Tied to Allergies in Kids - New research from The Journal of Clinical Psychiatry describes a potential link between mental health disorders and allergies, a link we’ve seen some news from in the past.

Non-medical Interventions Promising in Insomnia - Sleep medication is a booming business, but this article presents multiple cognitive behavioral therapy techniques that achieved longer-lasting results than medication without any side-effects. Particularly promising is Brief Behavioral Therapy for Insomnia (BBTI), a condensed version of  a previously vetted CBT.  This technique, involving only a 45-minute initial intervention and a 30-minute follow-up, improved the sleep of 50% of subjects, an effect that often lingered up to a year after treatment. BBTI is so simple that it can be performed in general practice  settings, where 75% of treatment for insomnia takes place.

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