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Tuesday, May 2J
Pediatricians release ADHD guidelines Tlltl
CHICAGO (AP) — The Ameri
can Academy of Pediatrics on Mon
day issued its first guidelines for di
agnosing attention deficit
hyperactivity disorder (ADHD),
hoping to prevent merely rambunc
tious youngsters from being over-
medicated while ensuring other chil
dren get the help they need.
Recent research shows dramatic
increases in the use of drugs like Ri
talin to treat children with ADHD,
suggesting the disorder is either be
coming more common or is being
overdiagnosed. Many experts worry
that some doctors and parents are
treating typical childhood misbehav
ior as an illness.
The academy, the nation's largest
group of pediatricians, said it is un
clear whether the disorder is being
overdiagnosed, because there are
such wide variations nationwide in
how doctors define and treat it.
The academy said it believes the
new guidelines will standardize the
diagnosis and make it easier to iden
tify which children really need help.
Guidelines for treating ADHD arc
still being developed.
“We’d like to help us all (diagnose)
more accurately,” said Dr. James M.
Perrin, an author of the guidelines and
an associate professor of pediatrics at
Harvard Medical School.
Between 4 percent and 12 percent
of school-age children or as many
as 3.8 million youngsters, most of
them boys — are believed to have
ADHD. Symptoms include short at
tention span, impulsive behavior, and
difficulty focusing and sitting still.
Ritalin is often prescribed to in
crease a child's alertness. But many
experts have pointed out that its long
term effects on children are unknown.
For a diagnosis of ADHD®
the new guidelines, a child musi
hibit symptoms in at least two
tings, such as at home and atsck
The symptoms must harmtheclii
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least six months.
The guidelines are forchildn
through 12. Most ADHD rese;
has involved that age group,
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A new approach to the “greenhouse effect”
The burning of fossil fuels since the beginning of the
industrial age is largely responsible for the increased
concentration of carbon dioxide in the Earth’s
atmosphere. Strategies aimed at reducing
greenhouse gases include increasing energy
efficiency and focusing on alternative energy sources.
Another strategy on the horizon is carbon
pork City. “We of
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osal of carbon dioxide _ _ .
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...impact on Jine extensions a
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Coal beds
Theoretically, carbon
dioxide could convert coal
seams too deep to mine
into sources of natural gas.
The soil
Plants take carbon
the air and store s<
carbon undergrour
preservation and n
serve as a natural
Oil reservoirs 1
Oil workers already pump
carbon dioxide underground
because it can aid the
recovery of oil. For the
purpose of sequestration,
though, more carbon dioxide
would need to be used.
Deep underground
Carbon dioxide could be
pumped into deposits of
briny water encased by
rock that would prevent the
gas from escaping.
The ocean
The ocean’s potential r
immense, but what effe
would have on underwi
Carbon dioxide piped t.
dissolve. If disposed at
torm ice-like chunks am
■) absorb carbon dioxide!
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itei life is still unclear
a moderate depths woiiil
greater depths, it would
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Iniramurals Rec Fitness Aquatics Golf Course TAMU Outdoors Sport Clubs
FREE! Pre-Exam Jam—Wed., May 3 from 6:00-7:30 p.m. on the
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Massage Therapy—$35 for Rec Members and $45 for non Rec
Members. Appointments can be made at Member Services.
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& 22-25
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& 22-28
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Angela Stanton-Anderson at 845-1001 or visit our homepage.
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Experience preferred. Will accept the following certifications:
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any other activity that might appeal to the A&M community.
Please submit resumes to room 202 in the Rec Center. For more
info, contact Paula Opal at 845-3076 or
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Applications available in Room 202. For more info, contact Paula
Opal at 845-3076.
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August 2000 break trip
Event Date
Regis irad
Sail/SCUBA the Bahamas
Aug. 19-25
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