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ADHD in the News - April 12, 2012

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

  1. Do ADHD Symptoms Diminish in Adolescence? (GoodTherapy.org, April 10, 2012)

    "The idea that symptoms of attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) decrease as a child enters adolescence is highly arguable. Some experts believe that as children age, they outgrow many of the behaviors that resulted in a clinical diagnosis of ADHD...A recent study led by Margaret H. Sibley of the Center for Children and Families at Florida International University in Miami focused on identifying the evolution of ADHD symptoms from childhood to adolescence..." Full Story

  2. Waterloo study looking at social difficulties in ADHD (The Record, April 6, 2012)

    "Trouble at school is often what people associate with children who have attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. But difficulties go far beyond school, affecting how the children socialize with peers and parents. Those interpersonal challenges can actually be one of the most debilitating effects of the neurodevelopmental disorder, said Elizabeth Nilsen, assistant psychology professor at the University of Waterloo...Nilsen's lab is looking for mothers and children aged eight to 12 to participate in the study. Both children with ADHD and those with typical development are needed for an understanding of the unique communication and interpersonal challenges for children with the disorder..." Full Story

  3. Infant malnutrition increases risk of adult attention deficit disorder: Study (Nutraingredients.com, April 11, 2012)

    "Malnourished infants are more likely to have attention deficits as middle-aged adults, despite subsequent long-term nutritional rehabilitation, according to new research. Using a subset of data from a longitudinal study of middle-aged adults who had been malnourished during infancy, researchers from Judge Baker Children's Center, Harvard Medical School and the Barbados Nutrition Study, concluded that malnutrition during the first year of life is linked to having attention deficits in midlife..." Full Story

  4. Brain Potential Institute's Online Brain-Training Treatment for Learning Disabilities Affirms Successful Results (Houston Chronicle, April 12, 2012)

    "Several years after launching its online Brain Potential Institute is highly successful in treating students with ADD, ADHD and dyslexia">one-on-one brain-training program that treats people with learning disabilties and concentration problems, Brain Potential Institute now has affirmative evidence that the program is equally as successful when completed online as at its onsite center. Results of the online treatment program indicate a significant increase in IQ, attention, focusing, and memory for those with ADD, ADHD, central auditory processing issues, autism and memory loss..." Full Story

  5. Preventing Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (Family Practice News, April 12, 2012)

    "When I was doing my pediatrics research in medical school at Meharry Medical College in 1969, I was struck by the finding that many poor African Americans were being diagnosed with mild mental retardation that was attributable to what some people in Nashville, Tenn., called "sociocultural mental retardation."...At the time, another commonly used label was "minimal brain dysfunction." This diagnosis captured speech and language disorders, attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), and specific learning disorders..." Full Story

  6. Pregnant? Don't smoke. Period. End sentence. (Albuquerque Journal, April 9, 2012)

    "Q: Do I have only 800 words to write about the ill-effects of maternal smoking? A: Yes. So I'll get to work fast. Smoking is toxic at any age or in any sex, of course; since the 1964 Surgeon General's Report on Smoking and Health, not even makers of tobacco products can claim their products are safe. Every year since, the mountain of evidence against the evil weed has grown...Wanting to limit my search, I went only to my favorite pediatric journal, called Pediatrics, and found 174 articles on effects of maternal smoking since 1964..." 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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