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ADHD Medication Abuse
A recent survey found that 36 million Americans have taken prescription drugs for non-medical reasons. Rhona, 38, takes her son's attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) medication — even though she has never been diagnosed with the disorder — because she says the drugs help her focus. Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a neurobehavioral developmental disorder characterized by hyperactivity, inattention and impulsiveness.
"When you self-medicate with medications designed for treatment of a specific condition, it can affect people who have normal brains, and they can think it helps them," E.R. physician Dr. Travis Stork says. "But the truth is you're actually doing harm."
ADHD medications are stimulants that help those with the disorder focus on a task. "[It seems] kind of backwards," pediatrician Dr. Jim Sears says. "You would think that a child that's too hyper wouldn't need a stimulant, but [they do] because the focusing parts of the brain aren't stimulated enough, and that's why the medications work."
Risks of taking ADHD medications when they aren't prescribed for you include:
• Insomnia and other sleep problems
• Digestive problems
• Heart attack
• Psychotic episodes
• Addiction to the drugs
• Can what you eat cause ADHD?
Have you put off going to the eye doctor time and again? You're not alone, but avoiding the optometrist could put you at risk for losing your vision. "Throughout our day, we go out with both eyes open, and you don't realize if one of those eyes is blurry or changing," optometrist Dr. Ryan Stybel says.
Not only is a yearly exam essential for maintaining optical health, but doctors warn that people should be extra vigilant if they notice their vision is blurrier in one eye than the other.
"It could mean your vision is changing, or worst-case scenario, you're losing your vision in that eye," Dr. Stybel adds.
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Rosacea is a chronic skin condition related to acne. It typically occurs on the face and causes skin to become red and inflamed. Rosacea is usually exacerbated by stress, alcohol, spicy foods and sun exposure, and though it can affect anyone, it occurs most frequently in fair-skinned women between the ages of 30 and 50.
Treatments for rosacea include using salicylic acid and benzoyl peroxide creams and prescription medication, but one of the best ways to prevent an outbreak is to keep the pores on the skin clean.
Dermatologist Dr. Helen Fincher demonstrates a new intense pulsed light (IPL) therapy on Lori, 50, who suffers with the condition. IPL is a broad-based light treatment that cools the skin to keep discomfort to a minimum. "[IPL] treats redness," Dr. Fincher says. "It also is a total facial rejuvenation system, so it targets melanin and collagen. It helps with pores and fine lines. It's awesome!"
Foods that can aggravate rosacea:
• Brie cheese
• Soy sauce
• Dairy products
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