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Tip Sheet for the Week of March 20, 2006

RELEASED: March 20, 2006

Story Idea
Parents of children diagnosed with ADHD rate stimulant medications used to treat ADHD more positively and the side effects as less severe than parents of children who haven't been diagnosed with the disorder, faculty and student researchers have found.
The parents of children with ADHD have favorable attitudes toward the drugs despite studies that document the drugs' negative side effects and an FDA panel recommendation that black box warnings appear on all stimulant medications. A majority of all parent respondents were aware of issues surrounding ADHD and medications, but they didn't know the medications can cause side effects such as tics or a reduced growth rate. They also didn't know the drugs lose effectiveness over time, that they can be abused like cocaine or methamphetamine, or that improved attention after taking a stimulant isn't a confirmation of ADHD. Parents with a child with ADHD were more convinced than other parents that long-term side effects of stimulants were well known. The survey found that parents of kids with ADHD were more likely to believe the disorder is the result of a chemical imbalance in the brain, while parents of other children believed conflicts in the home and other stressors can cause ADHD type symptoms. Parents with a child with ADHD rated behavioral interventions as less effective than stimulants. The fall 2005 survey included 510 families with children who attended two Eau Claire elementary schools. Forty-six — or 32 percent — of the 145 families who responded to the survey had a child with ADHD. Of the 46 families, 80 percent had a child using a stimulant medication. Psychology Professor William Frankenberger and graduate student Jennifer Stroh led the research project. They will present the findings at the National School Psychology conference in late March. You can contact Frankenberger at (715) 836-5020 or frankewr@uwec.edu, or Stroh at (715) 835-1114 or armstrjf@uwec.edu.

Story/Photo Idea
Two UW-Eau Claire alumni will combine their love of shoes and photography to create ARTShoe, an exhibit that opens March 21 in the Foster Gallery of the Haas Fine Arts Center.
Virgelee LeDue, who has lived in Eau Claire since 1942, has a shoe collection that dates back more than 60 years. Some shoes and photographs of others will be featured in the exhibit, which will open in conjunction with Senior Americans Day. LeDue, who earned a bachelor's degree in 1947 and a master's degree in 1971, developed a passion for fashion as a child on her family's Neillsville farm. With money from her eighth-grade graduation, she bought four pair of the same style shoes in different colors for $4.95 a pair from the Sears catalogue. Those 1938 shoes will be on display in the show. Her shoes were photographed and catalogued by Becky Mauch, who earned a master's degree in 1987. Mauch created the project and designed the gallery exhibit. The exhibit will be open March 21-25. A reception is set for 4:30-7 p.m. March 21. Gallery hours will be: 9 a.m.-7 p.m. March 21; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. March 22-24; and 10 a.m.-3 p.m. March 25. For details, contact Becky Mauch at (715) 835-6581 or ramauch@ecol.net, or Virgelee LeDue at (715) 832-6570.

Story/Photo Idea
The 18th annual Senior Americans' Day program will run from 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. March 21 in Davies Center.
The theme is "Spring Training for the Mind, Body & Spirit." The keynote speaker will be Camille Wade Maurice, a speaker and humorist. The event will offer nearly 50 workshops on topics ranging from computers to healthcare to the wonders of wine; talks by Diane Kane of the Milwaukee Laughter Club, and Jerry Poling, author of "Summer Up North," the Henry Aaron story; and music by the State Street Barbershop Quartet. For details, call La Vone Sneen at (715) 836-3636 or send e-mail to ce@uwec.edu.

Calendar Note
UW-Eau Claire students are on spring break March 20-24.
Classes will resume Monday, March 27. Administrative offices are open during regular business hours throughout spring break.

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