Riddle of the vanishing health scare
IT’S odd the way some health scares get a lot of publicity, and others don’t. But I was amazed how little attention has been paid to a study showing a higher incidence of Parkinson’s disease in those, including children, who take pills prescribed for ‘ADHD’.
Those given these pills were said to be significantly more likely to develop the disease, or similar conditions, between the ages of 21 and 49. This connection was more marked for patients who had been prescribed only Ritalin, the drug most commonly used in such cases in the UK.
The one newspaper that mentioned it gave it a tiny space and a poor position, and quickly added that ‘no definite link had been found’, which is true but not very reassuring.
It then quoted unidentified ‘experts’ who said that the sample size of the study was small. Well, it isn’t that small. I got hold of the study, which pretty much examined the whole population of the US state of Utah, born since 1950, including 31,769 ‘ADHD’ patients and 158,790 people who haven’t been labelled with ‘ADHD’. Of course, there could be another explanation. But as the authors say, it certainly deserves further study.