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ADHD in the News - March 28, 2013

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

  1. Sunshine, lower rates of ADHD correlated (The Columbus Dispatch, March 27, 2013)

    "In places where sunshine is plentiful, fewer children have attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder, according to new research. This is the first report of a statistically significant correlation between sunshine — measured as “solar intensity” — and the disorder, said L. Eugene Arnold, an ADHD expert who worked on the study and a professor emeritus of psychiatry at Ohio State University..." Full Story

  2. Brief Mindfulness Training May Boost Test Scores, Working Memory (ScienceDaily, March 26, 2013)

    "Mindfulness training may help to boost standardized test scores and improve working memory, according to a new study in Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science..." Full Story

  3. Does Heritability for ADHD Decrease in Adulthood? (GoodTherapy.org, March 21, 2013)

    "Research on attention deficit hyperactivity (ADHD) has shown high levels of heritability in children...But less is known about heritability of symptoms for adults with ADHD. It is estimated that over half of children who have ADHD will continue to have symptoms that persist into adulthood...Henrik Larsson of the Department of Medical Epidemiology and Biostatistics at the Karolinska Institutet in Sweden wanted to get a clearer picture of how heritability fluctuates from childhood to adulthood for people with ADHD..." Full Story

  4. ADHD Med May Boost Attention, Reduce Apathy in Alzheimer's (Medscape Today, March 21, 2013)

    "Methylphenidate (MPH), a psychostimulant commonly used to treat attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), can help improve attention and reduce apathy in patients with Alzheimer's disease (AD), new research shows. "Apathy is one of the most prevalent neuropsychiatric symptoms in Alzheimer's disease, and it interferes with the daily activities of living," study author Krista Lanctot, PhD, senior scientist at the Sunnybrook Research Institute in Toronto, Canada, told Medscape News..." Full Story

  5. Art therapy beneficial for kids with ADHD, Asperger's (Chicago Parent, March 22, 2013)

    "Local art classes help with self expression, concentration and connections...Consider the power of a paintbrush: the soothing touch of textures, the creative outlet of color. More and more, that paintbrush is helping children cope with the emotional and behavior problems that come with their special needs, particularly those with autism, Asperger's and ADHD..." Full Story

  6. TV Not to Blame if Kids Behave Badly, Study Finds (MedPage Today, March 26, 2013)

    "British 5-year-olds who watched 3 or more hours of TV a day were only slightly more likely to develop behavior problems by the age of 7, said researchers from Britain...Alison Parkes, MRC, CSO, University of Glasgow, and colleagues reported online in the Archives of Disease in Childhood. They did not find any link between behavior problems and time spent playing video games..." Full Story

  7. The New Stimulus Package (Slate, March 27, 2013)

    "Overachievers are popping Adderall to get ahead. Is that a good idea?..in the past decade or so, psychostimulants like Adderall have exploded in popularity among people without a diagnosis or prescription. Studies indicate that as many as one in three students on major college campuses have used ADHD medications illicitly, most commonly as a study aid..." Full Story

  8. Academic medical centers launch ASD sub-registry within ResearchMatch (News-Medical.Net, March 27, 2013)

    "Each year, only five percent of the estimated 1.5 million children with an autism spectrum disorder in the US participate in clinical research studies. This is in stark contrast to pediatric cancer studies, which have a nearly 90 percent enrollment rate - a rate that has helped advance treatment and outcomes for childhood cancers substantially in the last decade. In an effort to accelerate similar progress within the autism community, a group of academic medical centers has collaborated to launch an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) sub-registry within ResearchMatch, a disease-neutral national database connecting patients with ongoing research..." 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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