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ADHD in the News - March 27, 2014

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

  1. Children prefer mental health care at office of pediatrician (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, March 24, 2014)

    "Integrated care -- the decades-old but slow-to-catch-on concept of providing mental- and physical-health care in one place -- gets a big boost today with publication of a University of Pittsburgh study in the journal Pediatrics. The five-year, federally funded study found children treated for mental-health disorders at their pediatricians' offices were nearly seven times more likely to complete a program of care, with better results, than those referred to outside specialists..." Full Story

  2. Acetaminophen, Pregnancy, and ADHD (CHADD Leadership Blog, March 21, 2014)

    "Newly published in JAMA Pediatrics, this is a study of mothers’ use of acetaminophen during pregnancy and the subsequent development of ADHD-like behavioral problems in their children. The data were taken from the Danish National Birth Cohort, which recorded information for sixty percent of pregnant women during the years 1996-2002, during and six months after pregnancy...What is the significance of this study?...What does this mean for the pregnant woman?..." Full Story

  3. Electric 'thinking cap' controls learning speed (ScienceDaily, March 23, 2014)

    "Caffeine-fueled cram sessions are routine occurrences on any college campus. But what if there was a better, safer way to learn new or difficult material more quickly? What if "thinking caps" were real? Scientists have now shown that it is possible to selectively manipulate our ability to learn through the application of a mild electrical current to the brain, and that this effect can be enhanced or depressed depending on the direction of the current..." Full Story

  4. Scientists Invent "Thinking Cap" — Is Your Brain Ready? (Refinery29, March 24, 2014)

    "We'll never forget how our high school teachers would instruct us to "Put on your thinking caps, kids!" And, we'll never forget how cheesy we thought it was. ..Well, it seems science is well on its way to making this particular sci-fi dream come true. A team of researchers at Vanderbilt University has discovered a way to make us learn faster — namely, by running an electric current through our brains while we're doing it..." Full Story

  5. When People Are Dismissive of Your ADHD (PsychCentral, March 26, 2014)

    "It seems like everyone has an opinion about attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). And that opinion may not be grounded in fact, according to Roberto Olivardia, Ph.D, a clinical psychologist and clinical instructor in the department of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School...He suggested disengaging and leaving it up to the other person to tell you when they’re ready to receive the information..." Full Story

  6. Immature Attention (PsychCentral, March 26, 2014)

    "In a world where Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is the diagnosis of the decade, few people realize that problems with attention could be the result of an under developed attention or immature attention. Immature attention is the under development of attention which is often developed during childhood into adolescence. But what if this developmental goal is never reached?..." Full Story

  7. Mind Games: Surprising News About ADHD Medication (Huffington Post, March 26, 2014)

    "My oldest daughter was diagnosed with ADD over 10 years ago, as the result of a comprehensive neuropsychological examination. It took several hours, over several days, and there was no doubt in anyone's mind about the conclusion. But like many parents, we were nervous about the prospect of medication, which was Ritalin. I distinctly remember what her psychiatrist said at the time, because it made me less anxious..." Full Story

  8. More young women using ADHD medications, study says (The Independent Florida Alligator, March 25, 2014)

    "Express Scripts, a pharmacy-benefit management company, recently conducted a study of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder medication prescriptions filled from 2008 to 2012. The March study found the use of ADHD medication has increased by 35.5 percent nationwide; specifically, more women are using the drugs. Child, adolescent and adult psychiatrist Dr. Elias Sarkis of Sarkis Family Psychiatry in Gainesville said there is a growing awareness of ADHD in women..." 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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