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INTRODUCING BNF-C FOR CHILDREN
It is with a great deal of excitement that the British National Formulary for Children (BNF-C) is introduced. A product of two groups—the British National Formulary team and the group that produced the Medicines for Children books—this publication is meant to be the definitive guide for all doctors, pharmacists, and dental practitioners who care for children. It will follow the same format as the BNF and an electronic PDA version is promised by Autumn 2005.
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IDENTIFYING COMORBIDITY IN CHILDREN WITH ADHD
About one third of children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) have significant comorbid conditions, such as depression or obsessive compulsive disorder, that complicate treatment. Whereas there are numerous standardised forms that help diagnose ADHD, they generally do not identify other problems. Biederman and colleagues from Boston, report the utility of the Child Behavior Checklist (CBCL) as a screening tool to identify children with conduct and bipolar disorders, major depression, and multiple anxiety. They found that the scores on the delinquent and aggressive behaviour scales can be used to identify these disorders. They report sensitivity, specificity, and positive and negative predictive values. Since their sample is …
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