Saturday, July 21, 2007


Today's award for the Best Gut-Buster just might have to go to the CBC regardless of which story you pick. Here's yet another gem :

Ritalin may change brain chemistry in young children: study

Young children taking Ritalin for attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder may experience chemical changes in their brains, say U.S. researchers... In one of the few studies to probe the effects of Ritalin on the neurochemistry of the developing brain, scientists found changes in areas linked to "higher executive functioning, addiction and appetite, social relationships and stress..."

Ritalin, a stimulant similar to amphetamine and cocaine, remains one of the most prescribed drugs for the behavioural disorder.

But wait. It gets better!

Although the drug has been on the market since at least the early-1960s, this is "one of the few studies to probe the effects of Ritalin on the neurochemistry" (!?) of the young people who make up its largest market. And despite its status as "a stimulant simlar to amphetamine and cocaine," it's prescribed mostly to hyperactive children. So what do you suppose happens when you knowingly fiddle with their neurochemistry without studying the effects of such fiddling? on.

Everyone's a winner after a direct-mail marketing company... mistakenly sent out 50,000 scratch-off tickets declaring them all winners of the $1,000 grand prize. Just one of the tickets was supposed to be the grand prize winner. "Unfortunately, they missed it in the proofreading," said Jeff Kohn, Roswell Honda general manager.


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