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ADHD in the News - February 10, 2011

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

  1. ADHD's Upside Is Creativity, Says New Study (The Daily Beast, February 8, 2011)

    "Parents who've claimed for years that their kids with ADHD are more creative are getting some scientific backup from a new study, which found that subjects with the disorder have enhanced creative abilities..." Full story

  2. Mental health requires more ideas and more funding (Montreal Gazette, February 9, 2011)

    "Diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), psychosis and depression, [Fabeah Amaniampong] was so severely bullied at high school that her life became a lonely and isolated existence buoyed only by the support of her parents...But today, trust and friendship have returned to Amaniampong's life, courtesy of Redirection Through Education (RTE), Canada's first and North America's longest-running supported education program..." Full story

  3. Parents of Children with ADHD Report Multiple Conditions (Psych Central, February 9, 2011)

    "In a new study of 61,779 children ages 6 to 17 years of age, researchers have discovered that parents often report a number of co-existing conditions if their child has also been diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)..." Full story

  4. Comorbidities Common with ADHD (MedPage Today, February 07, 2011)

    "Two-thirds of U.S. children with attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder have comorbid learning disorders or other mental health or neurodevelopmental conditions, a national children's health survey health found. The survey, which included more than 5,000 children with ADHD, found that 33% had one comorbid disorder, 16% had two, and 18% had three or more, according to Kandyce Larson, PhD, of the University of California Los Angeles, and colleagues..." Full story

  5. ADHD With Anxiety and Depression: What Drives What? (Medscape.com, February 7, 2011)

    "I'm Dr. David Feifel, Professor of Psychiatry at University of California San Diego (UCSD), and I'm the founder and director of the UCSD Adult ADHD program. Adult attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is what I want to talk with you about today..." Full story

  6. Can a Strict Diet Serve as an Alternative to Adderall? (The Atlantic Wire, February 04, 2011)

    "Three to seven percent of children in the United States have Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, or, ADHD. Though there is no cure, the symptoms can be curbed with medication. A new study, however, published in the Lancet medical journal suggests that cutting certain foods from a ADHD child's diet can eliminate behavioral problems..." Full story

  7. Does ADHD come from foods? (CNN, February 3, 2011)

    "A team of scientists from the Netherlands set out to demonstrate in a study, published in the Lancet, that there could be a connection between what children eat and their ADHD-like behaviors. They go as far as to say that the standard of care for ADHD should include a restricted diet..." Full story

  8. Video Games, ADHD and Time Management (Psych Central, February 4, 2011)

    "Is problematic video game playing something related to poor time management skills (?Oops, I just lost track of time. I thought doing Y task in this game would take 10 minutes and it took 2 hours!?). Or does it have something to do with a person having attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) or characteristics of ADHD, as prior research has suggested? Researchers (Tolchinsky & Jefferson, 2011) from Eastern Michigan University recently set to find out..." Full story

  9. Inside a Child's Brain (ABC News, February 3, 2011)

    "What doctors are seeing by watching brains in action could change not only the way mental disorders are diagnosed but also treated...[University of Illinois at Chicago] researchers are using brain imaging to help identify which children have ADHD and which have bipolar disorder. Both disorders share similar characteristics..." Full story

  10. Human Medications Poison Pets (Citizens Report, February 3, 2011)

    "It?s no secret that human medications poison pets, but new data from the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) suggests they sicken more animals than any other toxin. Over-the-counter drugs like acetaminophen, ibuprofen, and attention deficit hyperactivity medicines were the most deadly, according to the list..." Full story

  11. Ritalin May Ease Early Iron Deficiency Damage (ScienceDaily, February 2, 2011)

    "Ritalin may help improve brain function in adolescent rats that were iron deficient during infancy, according to a team of Penn State neuroscientists. This may have implications for iron-deficient human infants as well..." Full story

  12. Green Light for OTC Ritalin, But Some See Red (IsraelNationalNews.com, February 8, 2011)

    "The Ethics Committee of the Medical Histadrut (Federation) determined Monday that it is permitted to sell Ritalin (Methylphenidate) without a doctor's prescription. Ritalin is a psycho-stimulant drug approved for treatment of attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). It is in widespread use in Israeli schools, where it is most often administered to boys..." Full story

**Disclaimer: Neither CHADD, the National Resource Center on ADHD, nor the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention endorses, supports, represents or guarantees the truthfulness, accuracy, or reliability of any included articles nor endorses any opinions expressed in any articles included in ADHD in the News. CHADD and the National Resource Center on ADHD merely provide access to such content as a service to you.


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