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Ask the Expert-Children, Medications, and Heart Safety: A Tale of ADHD and Public Health

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Published on Apr 5, 2013

Has your child been prescribed a medication as part of treatment for ADHD? Should parents be concerned about reports of adverse heart effects possibly tied to these medications? How is the safety of these medications studied and how are recommendations for their use made?

In observance of National Public Health Week, this Ask the Expert webinar will show how public health data have a real impact on the lives of children with ADHD. Researcher Susanna Visser will take webinar participants through a real case study of how CDC and FDA used important public health data to learn whether ADHD medications posed an increased cardiac risk to children with the disorder. She will discuss the process of studying medication safety, how recommendations are made, and what health-care consumers can do to make well-informed decisions.

Medication safety is an important public health issue that affects families coping with the many challenges of ADHD. Parents and caregivers often wrestle with information and conflicting reports about medication safety. Making the right decision for their children's treatment requires good information

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