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ADHD in the News - March 8, 2012

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

  1. ADHD: Why the Youngest Kids in a Class Are Most Likely to Be Diagnosed (TIME, March 6, 2012)

    "Immaturity may be getting confused for symptoms of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder in younger children...The youngest children in a class are more likely to be diagnosed with ADHD than older children in the same class, a new study finds, and in some cases may not deserve the diagnosis..." Full Story

  2. Immaturity Mistaken for ADHD? (WebMD, March 5, 2012)

    "The study raises new concerns that some children who are simply immature (compared to their classroom peers) may be misdiagnosed and unnecessarily treated for ADHD, which is characterized by poor attention and impulse control. Researchers followed more than 900,000 children living in British Columbia, Canada, where the cutoff for entry into kindergarten or first grade is Dec. 31 -- meaning that children born in December would be close to a year younger than classmates born in January..." Full Story

  3. B.C. not making the grade for treating ADHD (Vancouver Sun, March 6, 2012)

    "A massive study on the rates of attention deficit and hyperactivity disorders in B.C. shows the province isn't adequately dealing with the problem, says a leading Vancouver psychiatrist. Dr. Margaret Weiss, former head of the ADHD program at B.C.'s Children's Hospital, says the government is failing to set rigorous standards for diagnosis and provide enough help in the classroom..." Full Story

  4. Industrial chemicals linked to attention problems in Massachusetts children (Environmental Health News, March 5, 2012)

    "When Deidre Ramos moved with her infant son to the Parker Street section of New Bedford, Mass., little did she know that her new neighborhood was toxic. Today, a decade later, Ramos is worried about her two sons growing up in a community still contaminated by an old burn dump containing polychlorinated biphenyls. "What will be the long-term effects on my children?" asked Ramos. Now new research suggests that PCBs, which were first linked to learning problems in children more than two decades ago, may play a role in attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder, too..." Full Story

  5. Study pinpoints effects of different doses of an ADHD drug; finds higher doses may harm learning (University of Wisconsin-Madison News, March 8, 2012)

    "New research with monkeys sheds light on how the drug methylphenidate may affect learning and memory in children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. The results parallel a 1977 finding that a low dose of the drug boosted cognitive performance of children with ADHD, but a higher dose that reduced their hyperactivity also impaired their performance on a memory test..." Full Story

  6. Children's snoring linked to behavioural problems (WebMD Health News, March 4, 2012)

    "Researchers say parents and doctors need to pay closer attention to breathing during sleep. The more young children snore, breathe through their mouths or stop breathing while asleep for a few seconds at a time, the more likely they are to develop behavioural problems, a new study shows. Previous research had suggested a link between these 'sleep-disordered breathing' symptoms and such problems as hyperactivity, but the authors of the new study say theirs is by far the largest and most comprehensive of its kind..." Full Story

  7. Recent studies show low to no risk for cardiac events with ADHD drugs (Cardiology Today, March 2012)

    ""We have known for decades that there is an association between stimulant medications and CV effects," Timothy K. Knilans, MD, director of clinical cardiac electrophysiology and pacing at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, said in an interview. "However, recent large studies do not seem to be finding a substantial risk for associated life-threatening events." Cardiology Today interviewed cardiologists, pediatricians and psychiatrists about the effect that recent statistics, studies and FDA warnings have on the care of patients with ADHD in clinical practice..." 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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