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ADHD in the News - January 20, 2011

A weekly news digest** from the National Resource Center on ADHD: A Program of CHADD

  1. ADHD Now, Dementia Later? Adults With ADHD Symptoms Have Tripled Risk of Dementia Later, Study Finds (WebMD Health News, January 20, 2011)

    "Adults with symptoms of ADHD, or attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, are more than three times as likely as other adults to develop a form of dementia later in life, according to new research from Argentina...But, a U.S.-based expert cautions that the study found an association between ADHD symptoms and the dementia, not cause and effect...An ADHD expert who also reviewed the study for WebMD says the conclusion is backward. Instead of saying that people with ADHD symptoms are three times as likely to get LBD, the researchers should have concluded that "patients with LBD had three times the rate of ADHD symptoms," says L. Eugene Arnold, MD, professor emeritus of psychiatry at Ohio State University's Nisonger Center and a longtime ADHD researcher..." Full story

  2. Research: Adults with ADHD are more likely to develop degenerative dementia (The Medical News, January 18, 2011)

    "Adults who suffer from attention-deficit and hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) are more than three times as likely to develop a common form of degenerative dementia than those without, according to research in the January issue of the European Journal of Neurology..." Full story

  3. Bladder control problems more common in ADHD (Reuters Health, January 20, 2011)

    "Turkish researchers found that among 62 children with ADHD and 124 without the disorder, kids with ADHD scored considerably higher on a questionnaire on "voiding" symptoms -- problems emptying the bladder...The new findings suggest that "the incidence of all voiding problems, not only enuresis, increases in children with ADHD," Dr. Ozgu Aydogdu, one of the researchers on the study, told Reuters Health in an e-mail..." Full story

  4. Girls Who Are Bullied Are at Risk for Substance Use Through Depression (Science Daily, January 19, 2011)

    "Both boys and girls who are victims of bullying, including bullying through e-mail and the internet, are at elevated risk for depression. However, according to a new study, adolescent girls may engage in substance use as a result of bullying-related depression..." Full story

  5. Omega-3 fatty acids for ADHD: Do they work? (MySouthEnd.com [Boston]. January 19, 2011)

    ""Are omega-3 fatty acids," a savvy parent asked me the other day, "an effective alternative to medications for ADHD?"... I am not aware of a study that has yet revealed that giving a child omega-3 fatty acid supplements for ADHD are as or more effective than stimulant medications. For the time being, omega-3 supplementation hasn?t become a mainstay of therapy for ADHD. Yet..." Full story

  6. Some in Congress look at incentives in disability benefit (Boston Globe, January 18, 2011)

    "Key members of Congress are demanding an investigation into whether a fast-growing, $10 billion federal disability program designed to serve poor disabled children is flawed in multiple ways, including the possibility that it creates incentives for families to put those children on psychiatric drugs..." Full story

  7. uWaterloo psychology researchers seek local children with attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (Exchange Magazine, January 18, 2011)

    "University of Waterloo researchers are seeking local area children aged six to 12 with attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder to participate in a major study investigating the communicative difficulties that often co-occur with the disorder..." Full story

  8. Miami Dade College star's story fit for silver screen (Miami Herald, January 15, 2011)

    "World Series hero and former Miami Dade College star Andres Torres always thought he would be big at something. Now the center fielder is a Giant in baseball, and his life is being made into a bilingual film called Gigante...Torres' story is certainly inspiring. The 5-10, 185-pounder overcame Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder and endured 12 years in the minors before becoming a standout in a sport he wasn't even passionate about as a youth..." Full story

  9. Half of children who survive bacterial meningitis have long-term complications (Examiner.com, January 15, 2011)

    "This is according to a study by Dr. Aruna Chandran of Johns Hopkins University, et al, published in the current issue of the Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal...The behavior and intellectual disorders seen in the study included cognitive impairment, behavioral problems and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder..." Full story

  10. The Changing Epidemiology of ADHD: An Expert Interview With Susanna Visser, MS (Medscape Pediatrics, January 13, 2011)

    "The results of the second administration of the 2007 National Survey of Children's Health (NSCH) have been reported in the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.[1] The report documented an almost 22% increase in the percentage of children 4-17 years of age with a parent-reported diagnosis of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). These findings illustrate the substantial impact of ADHD on both families and pediatric providers. Laurie Scudder, DNP, NP, of Medscape sat down with Susanna Visser, MS, Lead Epidemiologist, National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities, US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, Georgia, to discuss the report.." Full story

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