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ADHD in the News - April 10, 2014

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

  1. Genes for 'Liking' Amphetamine Lower Schizophrenia, ADHD Risk (Medscape, April 10, 2014)

    "Genetic variants that boost sensitivity to the euphoric effects of d-amphetamine may reduce the risk of developing schizophrenia or attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), new research suggests. The analysis, which included nearly 400 healthy volunteers plus data from 220,000 individuals from other studies, showed that those who had an excess of alleles that increased sensitivity to the euphoric effects of amphetamine were also less susceptible to developing schizophrenia or ADHD..." Full Story

  2. The American Medical System Fails Patients With ADHD: A Call to Action (Medscape, April 9, 2014)

    "Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is well recognized for its deleterious effects on the medical and social well-being of children and adults, and it constitutes a major public health concern in the United States. However, a recent study by McDonald and Jalbert suggests that there are substantial disparities in the prevalence of ADHD in different geographic regions of the country. Some of this effect is a consequence of economic factors and the distribution of providers, but the data make it clear that we need a more equitable approach to the problem of ADHD..." Full Story

  3. Head injuries can make children loners (ScienceDaily, April 10, 2014)

    "Kids three years after an initial head incident were found to have lingering injury in the brain's right frontal lobe, which is associated with lower social competence (participation in groups, number of friends, etc.), a new study finds. The study also suggests that therapy designed to improve working memory might 'treat' the social difficulties..." Full Story

  4. How developmental disorders cluster (PreventionAction, April 7, 2014)

    "Imagine learning to talk and read, thread beads, and pay attention. These three skills – examples of language skills, motor skills, and executive function – seem like three distinct developmental areas. So why do problems in one area often forecast problems in another? Researchers are working to understand their shared roots..." Full Story

  5. Too Many Foster Kids With ADHD Treated With Antipsychotic Drugs: Study (HealthDay, April 10, 2014)

    "Antipsychotic drugs are increasingly being prescribed to treat attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in children and teens in foster care, according to a new study. The use of these drugs to treat ADHD has not been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, and is known as an "atypical" use, the researchers explained...The most common types of antipsychotics used were risperidone, aripiprazole and quetiapine..." Full Story

  6. 21st Century Television Discusses Advancements in the Diagnosis and Treatment of ADHD (Digital Journal, April 10, 2014)

    "21st Century Television provides the latest information to assist their viewers on how to make educated choices direct from the source, the experts and executives that drive progress and is scheduled to air Sunday, April 13, 2014 at 11:30am ET / 8:30am PT on the Fox Business Network as pd. prog. In this coming Sunday’s episode...we discuss solutions for the diagnosis and treatment of ADHD..." Full Story

  7. Scientists Win Grant to Study How Exposure to Prescription Pain Medication in the Womb Affects Developing Brain (Newswise, April 9, 2014)

    "Scientists from the Florida campus of The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI) have been awarded a $472,500 Cutting Edge Basic Research Award (CEBRA) by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) of the National Institutes of Health to study models of the brain development of newborns who have been exposed—and become addicted—to prescription pain medication while still in the womb..." 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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