Today in Research: Adderall Gets the All Clear; Cell Phones in Cars

Discovered: a doorway effect, walking fish, thinking when leaning to left, ADHD meds get the all clear, and cellphone distracted drivers get some vindication.

  • ADHD medication gets the 'all clear' once again. This is the second time recently that a major analysis found that ADHD medications like Adderall and Ritalin don't raise heart risk in users. Which is probably comforting news as a jittery college finals season finishes up. In November the finding, from a study published in the New England Journal of Medicine, found that the prescriptions didn't up the risk of heart problems in youth. Today, as the AP informs, a similar result was found in adults. The Adderall and Ritalin takers had "the same number of heart attacks, strokes, and sudden heart-related deaths as adults who didn't use those drugs." [The Associated Press]
  • Maybe the 'cellphone use = car crash' link was overstated. That's the finding of a new analysis of prior studies by a Wayne State University researcher, but even if his calculations are correct it doesn't seem like his conclusion is getting traction. "I don't think this study is going to change the conversation about distracted driving," said another researcher who came to the opposite conclusion (cellphone use does increase distracted driving) to Reuters. Not that anyone wants some Blackberry-addled driver to wave around this article as proof that they can handle multi-tasking while driving, but, at least, there's some evidence to unsimplify the only "blame the cellphone" theory for terrible driving. [Reuters]

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