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Saturday, March 01, 2008


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Keeping the City of Fredericton clean!!!

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The first long-term, large-scale study designed to determine the safety and effectiveness of treating preschoolers who have attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) with methylphenidate (Ritalin®) has found that overall, low doses of this medication are effective and safe (Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, November 2006).

However, the study found that children this age are more sensitive than older children to the side effects of the medication and therefore should be closely monitored. The 70-week, six-site study was funded by the National Institutes of Health's National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH). "The Preschool ADHD Treatment Study, or PATS, provides us with the best information to date about treating very young children diagnosed with ADHD," said NIMH Director Thomas R. Insel, MD. "The results show that preschoolers may benefit from low doses of medication when it is closely monitored, but the positive effects are less evident and side-effects are somewhat greater than previous reports in older children."

Methylphenidate is the most commonly prescribed medication to treat children diagnosed with ADHD. But its use for children younger than 6 has not been approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). And until PATS, very few studies - and no large-scale ones - have been conducted to collect reliable, consistent data to help guide practitioners treating preschoolers with ADHD.

The 303 preschoolers enrolled in the study ranged in age from 3 to 5 years. The children and their parents participated in a pre-trial, 10-week behavioral therapy and training course. Only children with the most extreme ADHD symptoms who did not improve after the behavioral therapy course and whose parents agreed to have them treated with medication were included in the medication study. In the first part of the medication study, the children took a range of doses from a very low amount of 3.75 mg daily of methylphenidate, administered in three equal doses, up to 22.5 mg per day. By comparison, doses for school-aged children usually range from 15 to 50 mg total daily.

The study then compared the effectiveness of methylphenidate to placebo.

It found that the children taking methylphenidate had a more marked reduction of their ADHD symptoms compared to children taking a placebo, and that different children responded best to different doses.

"The best dose to reduce ADHD symptoms varied substantially among the children, but the average across the whole group was as low as 14 mg per day," said lead author Laurence Greenhill, MD, of Columbia University/New York State Psychiatric Institute. "Preschoolers with ADHD may need only a low dose of methylphenidate initially, but they may need to take a higher dose later on to maintain the drug's effectiveness."

To ensure the safety of the very young children involved, the study was governed by a strict set of ethical standards and additional review boards. The children's health was monitored carefully and repeatedly throughout the study's duration and their parents were repeatedly consulted for consent prior to every step of the program. The researchers also reviewed the teacher ratings of the children who attended preschool at various stages in the study.

Similar to 1999 results found in NIMH's Multimodal Treatment Study of Children with ADHD (available online at www.nimh.nih.gov/childhp/mtaqa.cfm), and other studies on school-aged children, the medication did appear to slow the preschoolers' growth rates. Throughout the duration of the study, the children grew about half an inch less in height and weighed about 3 pounds less than expected, based on average growth rates established prior to the study.

Currently, no data exist that track long-term growth rate changes among preschoolers with ADHD who are medicated with methylphenidate. However, a five-year-long follow-up study is underway to track the children's physical, cognitive, and behavioral development, as well as health care services the family is using to care for the child. Those data will be available in two to three years.

Finally, 89 percent of the children tolerated the drug well, but 11 percent - about 1 in 10 children - had to drop out of the study as a result of intolerable side effects. For example, while some children lost weight, weight loss of 10 percent or more of the child's baseline weight was considered a severe enough side effect for the investigators to discontinue the medication. Other side effects included insomnia, loss of appetite, mood disturbances such as feeling nervous or worried, and skin-picking behaviors. Despite concerns that stimulants may increase blood pressure or pulse, any changes seen in the children's blood pressure or pulse were minimal.

"The study shows that preschoolers with severe ADHD symptoms can benefit from the medication, but doctors should weigh that benefit against the potential for these very young children to be more sensitive than older children to the medication's side effects, and monitor use closely," concluded Dr. Greenhill.

PATS was conducted by researchers at Columbia/New York State Psychiatric Institute in New York, Duke University in Durham, NC, Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, New York University, the University of California Los Angeles, and the University of California Irvine, in collaboration with NIMH staff under a cooperative agreement.


Kitty lost at the Farmer's Market in Fredericton!!!!

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Nice Kitty.....


These people took the lost kitty home!!!


Poor little girl lost her kitty!!!!


Cleaning up Fredericton!!!

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Why don't Shawn Graham finally show some leadership and charge a fee for collecting this garbage???

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Tommy Hunter's number one fan!!!

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The Irving's paper are good for cleaning our boots!!!

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Last week, I was approached by someone with an interesting story.

It's a tale of a guy who was on top of the world but came down pretty hard.

He used to be the owner of the City Motel in Fredericton.


His name is Jim.

Jim was doing ok until his whole world came crashing down. I mean REALLY DOWN!!!

Until his downfall, he used to mingle with the higher ups of society.

He leased the City Motel for 10 years. I might add that he also owned theLobster Hut which was attached to the Motel.

Many politicians would stay over night in that building. Ohhhhh???? If walls could talk??? But Jim sure can!!!!

Jim took his business very seriously!

He told me that if he was still the owner of the Motel and he would have seen this blogger in the building? He would have asked me to leave the area. I wouldn't even be allowed in the parking lot. Only if I was invited to the motel by the politicians in advance.

He made certain the MLA'S had privacy from the media.

Speaking of privacy? He went so far as building this back door so they could maintain their privacy.



A meeting was arranged and I met with Jim.

He told me some very interesting tales raging from the politicians to the way the Fredericton Police Force handled his case.

Especially the story he told the Government that he would go public with some stories he seen in his motel?

The Government quickly reacted. It was sort of like my case of telling our elected officials that I would go public with the murder? < This is the only reason I was told that I was banned from the Legislature >

The Liberals quickly told me that they would haul me in court for Harassment!!!

I explained to Jim I was a blogger and anyone can become a journalist by writing their story and I'll blog it.

Too bad my recorder is broken because I would have just interviewed the guy. So we have to do it the hard way.

The interesting issue on this one? It was a Civil matter and the media still managed to put the story on the front page.


The truly sad part of this story is his stuff was stolen from a truck so as this one.


All the items he had in the motel was gone. Over one year later guess where his stuff is located?

Back in the motel!!!!!!


Very odd indeed....truly stay tuned!!!!

Better to jog on a snowed sidewalk?

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Not as hard on the feet and body????

Priere Du Jour - Prayer of the Day!!!!

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Prayer and Devotions

Humble Exaltation
by Matthew Reinhardt, Regnum Christi

Resolution: Make the decision to have a profound experience of God’s mercy by going to confession today or sometime during Lent.

March 1, 2008
Saturday of the third week of Lent

Luke 18: 9-14
He also told this parable to some who trusted in themselves that they were righteous and regarded others with contempt: "Two men went up to the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector. The Pharisee, standing by himself, was praying thus, 'God, I thank you that I am not like other people: thieves, rogues, adulterers, or even like this tax collector. I fast twice a week; I give a tenth of all my income.' But the tax collector, standing far off, would not even look up to heaven, but was beating his breast and saying, 'God, be merciful to me, a sinner!' I tell you, this man went down to his home justified rather than the other; for all who exalt themselves will be humbled, but all who humble themselves will be exalted."

Introductory Prayer: Lord, I come before you today as I really am. You know me better than I know myself. I present to you the good, the bad and the ugly aspects of my spiritual life. I can’t become who you want me to be without your grace. I depend so much on you, Lord. I believe with all my heart you will always be there for me.

Petition:“God, be merciful to me, a sinner!”

1. A Pharisee’s Heart In this passage, Christ has to deal with some tough customers. The passage describes them as trusting in themselves, self-righteous and having contempt for others. To summarize, they are extremely proud. It is nearly impossible for Christ to break down this pride and open their hearts to his message. Christ and a proud soul do not mix, just as water and oil or light and darkness cannot mix. But Christ gives them the antidote to conquer pride: “All who humble themselves will be exalted.” Surely God comes across pride in our soul, too. The remedy is humbling ourselves before him: “God, be merciful to me, a sinner!”

2. An Apostle’s Heart Christ knows that pride is always trying to seep into our hearts. He knows it makes us trust in ourselves and our judgments over his plans. He is aware that pride makes us feel righteous and in a position to judge others. If we reflect on our lives we can see that Our Lord often has to rid us of pride and teach us humility. This lesson usually hurts, but it is oh so needed for our spiritual growth. St. Peter trusted in himself at the Last Supper when he said to Christ, “You will never wash my feet” (John 13:8), and later, “Lord, I am ready to go with you to prison and to death” (Luke 22: 33). Hours later he was weeping at having denied Jesus three times. But Peter was humble in in the face of his failings; he learned from them and became a pillar of the Church.

3. Mary’s Heart Quite different is the example of Mary. Many times she humbled herself during her life, and now she is exalted in heaven as Queen of the Universe and Mother of God. The angel Gabriel presented her with the mission of being Mother of the Messiah, and she exclaimed, "Let it be with me according to your word" (Luke 1: 38). She did not puff up with pride at having been divinely chosen, but she grew in humility. The fearful apostles fled from the foot of the cross, but she stood by her son. After Pentecost she saw the Church spread and the fame of the apostles grow, and she was content with her inconspicuous mission as a prayer warrior for the early Church.

Conversation with Christ: “My soul magnifies the Lord, and my spirit rejoices in God my savior, for he has looked with favor on the lowliness of his servant. Surely, from now on all generations will call me blessed; for the Mighty One has done great things for me, and holy is his name” (Luke 1: 46-49).

Resolution: I will make the decision to have a profound experience of God’s mercy by going to confession today or sometime during Lent.

Friday, February 29, 2008

training for Afghanistan in Fredericton....

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Heavy snow in Fredericton will not stop Canada Post from doing their job!!!

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Shawn Graham should visit Saint John????

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Just going into some old blogs....




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I was invited to a little party last week. < Not by the Liberals > :P

Anyway, we began chatting about the drug problem at UNB and STU.

The individual told me they were making their own drugs in the science lab at UNB?

I said - What?

I asked around and the reaction was – What's your point? This has been going on for years!!! Where's the story??? No big deal!!!

It's a known fact that the students make their own drugs!!!

Wow!!! This was the first time I've ever heard a story like this one???
I knew that prescription drug is a major problem among our youths but I didn't students at UNB made their own?

This rookie blogger is way behind in the news!!!!