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Helping Children With ADHD Thrive In The Classroom

School is tough for a lot of children, but the classroom can be especially stressful for kids struggling with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). As a matter of fact, nearly 15% of Kentucky children are currently diagnosed with ADHD, the highest rate in the nation. Many struggle to pay attention, sit still or finish school work, overwhelmed with distraction and hyperactivity. Is medication the answer?

Although medication may help to manage some symptoms of ADHD in the classroom, mounting research indicates that medicine alone doesn't necessarily lead to improved academic performance in the long run.

University of Kentucky researchers Elizabeth Lorch and Janice Almasi believe an answer may lie in a new after school program they've developed, using small group activities and novel learning strategies.

"Children might look as if they're paying more attention with medication

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Medical Expert: “Need A Doctor? Find One While You Still Can. What One Medical School Is Doing To Address The Shortage For Rural America.”

The imminent US physician shortage is expected to produce a shortfall of more than 35,000 primary care physicians by 2025,1 a strain that expert, Shane Speights, DO, fears may push underserved and rural communities, already sorely lacking physicians, over the edge.

“This worsening shortage could further inhibit the nearly 62 million Americans in rural areas from receiving necessary physician-directed medical treatment and preventative care,” says Speights, who serves as the dean for NYIT College of Osteopathic Medicine at Arkansas State University (NYITCOM at A-State).

“Rural America is already facing challenges in health care, as small hospitals struggle to remain open under financial strains. Due to an existing scarcity of physicians in remote areas, it’s not uncommon for people to make the risky decision to postpone or forego necessary care, which can be life threatening for patient

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US Health Care System Unprepared To Move Future Alzheimer's Treatment Into Rapid Clinical Use

The US health care system lacks the capacity to rapidly move a treatment for Alzheimer's disease from approval into wide clinical use, a shortcoming that could leave millions of people without access to transformative care if such a breakthrough occurs, according to a new RAND Corporation study.

The primary problem is that there are too few medical specialists to diagnose patients who may have early signs of Alzheimer's and confirm that they would be eligible for therapy to prevent the progression of the disease to full-blown dementia.

Other shortcomings include a relatively low number of specialized diagnostic scanners and too few infusion centers to deliver treatments to patients.

Researchers estimate that as many as 2.1 million patients with mild cognitive impairment could develop Alzheimer's dementia over a two-decade period while waiting for evaluation and treatment resources af

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Allowing Children’s Health Insurance Program To Expire Is Disturbing

About 9 million disadvantaged children nationwide are in peril of losing their low-cost health insurance coverage if Congress fails to reauthorize the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) soon. The program was originally passed as a bipartisan effort in 1997, providing coverage for children in families with low and moderate incomes as well as for pregnant women.

The program must be periodically reauthorized by Congress. While the Affordable Care Act extended its authorization until 2019, federal funding for the program expired on Sept. 30, 2017. As a result, no new federal funds were being given to states.

To better understand what this means for disadvantaged children, providers and taxpayers, ASU Now reached out to Swapna Reddy, a professor at ASU’s School for the Science of Health Care Delivery. Among Reddy’s observations: Allowing the program to expire “is particularly dist

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