ADHD prescriptions for women soar

The number of young women prescribed medication for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) skyrocketed between 2003 and 2015, according to a new analysis by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The report did not address reasons, but the findings could be an indication that ADHD is no longer an overlooked disorder in women as it once was. But these medicines also are sometimes misused; they are stimulants that can help users stay awake and even lose weight. A recent study found a third of college students believe using these medicines can boost grades.

The authors say that since many of these women are child-bearing age, more research is needed to determine how the medicines might affect pregnancy.

According to the CDC, the number of U.S. women between ages 15 and 44 with private insurance who filled an ADHD prescription in those years spiked 344 percent. For women ages 25 to 29, the jump was a whopping 700 percent. The vast majority were for stimulants like Adderall, Ritalin and Concerta.

— Rita Giordano

Philadelphia Inquirer

Hints from Heloise

Shop winter sales for some bargains

Ken S. in San Antonio writes: I’ve spent my career in retail. This time of year, there are lots of items on sale, marked down so they can sell and retailers can clear their inventory. Here is a partial list of items marked down in January and February: Appliances, art supplies, baby accessories, bedding, bicycles, boots, carpets, pre-owned cars, curtains, furniture, luggage, men’s clothing, toys and TVs.

Rodney the Refrigerator Man in Illinois writes: To check the efficiency of your fridge, close the door on a dollar bill. If you can pull the bill out, your seal is loose, and it’s time to replace it.

— King Features

Microbrewery trend sails with Carnival

Carnival Cruise Line likes cooking up beer onboard its new ships.

Carnival Vista boasted the first onboard microbrewery for North America, and the soon-to-arrive sister ship Carnival Horizon will serve up the brews too, this time with barbecue.

The line recently debuted the four planned microbrews that will be served in a new barbecue dining venue from Food Network star Guy Fieri coming to the ship that is debuting in April.

The brews are all under the brand ParchedPig including the Smoked Porter, Farmhouse Ale, Toasted Amber Ale and West Coast IPA.

— Richard Tribou

Orlando Sentinel