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ADHD in the News - April 21, 2011

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  1. Infants With Persistent Crying Problems More Likely to Have Behavior Problems in Childhood, Study Finds (ScienceDaily, April 20, 2011)

    "Infants who have problems with persistent crying, sleeping and/or feeding -- known as regulatory problems -- are far more likely to become children with significant behavioural problems, reveals research published ahead of print in the journal Archives of Disease in Childhood..." Full Story

  2. Single-Letter Change in DNA Code May Spell ADHD (WebMD Health News, April 19, 2011)

    "It's not clear why some children get ADHD and others don't. Now Korean researchers report that children with ADHD tend to have a particular DNA misspelling -- a single-nucleotide polymorphism or SNP -- that affects an important brain function gene called GIT1...Mice genetically engineered to carry this SNP are hyperactive and have poor learning and memory skills. But when given stimulant ADHD drugs, the mice become normal..." Full Story

  3. Childhood Mental Problems Affect Adult Earnings (LiveScience, 19 April 2011)

    "Psychological problems as a child can significantly reduce the amount of money one will earn in adulthood, according to a new analysis. The RAND Corp. study, led by senior economist James Smith and focused on the British, found that family income was about one-fourth lower among those who experienced psychological issues during childhood - including depression, anxiety or attention deficit disorder - than among those who did not..." Full Story

  4. Premature birth tied to increased risk of ADHD (Reuters Health, April 19, 2011)

    "The earlier babies are born, the more likely they are to later get a prescription for ADHD medication, according to a new study from Sweden. Researchers found that babies born as little as three weeks before their due dates had an elevated risk for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). The findings suggest that mothers considering scheduling cesarean births a few weeks early reconsider and deliver as close to term as possible, the authors say..." Full Story

  5. Preterm Birth May Boost ADHD Risk by Up to 60% (Medscape Medical News, April 18, 2011)

    ""The increased risk of attention problems, including full-blown ADHD, in survivors of extreme preterm birth in neonatal intensive care units [NICU] has been reported previously," co-investigator Anders Hjern, MD, PhD, from the Center for Health Equity Studies at the Karolinska Institute at Stockholm University, Sweden, told Medscape Medical News. "However, our study is the first to report that the risk for ADHD is 40 to 60% higher also in babies born moderately preterm, such as at weeks 33 to 36, who are rarely cared for in NICUs. Even in babies born in the early-term period weeks, such as at 37 to 38 weeks, the risk is 20% higher," said Dr. Hjern..." Full Story

  6. Increase Focus Naturally With These 10 Tips (Huffington Post, April 17, 2011)

    " You're late to work (again), behind on a project, or can't remember the action points from the last meeting. If you're one of the roughly 10 million U.S. adults with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), it can be a constant challenge to stay on task. Anthony Rostain, M.D., professor of psychiatry and pediatrics at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, in Philadelphia, says you can get distracted by external stimuli like noise or internal stimuli like daydreaming; these different distractions require different coping strategies, he explains. Here's how to pinpoint your weaknesses and 10 strategies for getting the job done:..." Full Story

  7. The Art of Engagement; An Important Practice for those with ADHD (Psych Central, April 21, 2011)

    "It seems so basic, yet it has taken me a lifetime and then some to learn that to be in the here and now I have to get off 'autopilot' and engage my senses. I actually created a company to encourage it, yet still I forget to do it. My ADHD seems to have a mind of its own so I find it helps to create some tools that keep me present...Here are some simple, yet profound ways to use your senses any time you find your ADHD mind wandering;..." Full Story

  8. DIG Coaching Practice Presents "Is There a Way Art Therapy Can Help Those with ADHD? Yes!" on Attention Talk Radio (PR-USA.net, April 20, 2011)

    "DIG Coaching Practice presents an episode on Attention Talk Radio on the topic of how art therapy can help those impacted by attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Host Jeff Copper talks with Holly Oberacker and Tracey Bromley Goodwin, partners in Navigating ADHD, which offers a solutions-based approach to supporting families affected by ADHD...The program will be broadcast live on Wednesday, April 27, 2011, at 8:00 p.m. (ET)..." 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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