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ADHD in the News - May 12, 2011

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

  1. Drug Combo May Help Treat Kids With ADHD (WebMD, May 11, 2011)

    "Combining an extended-release version of the blood pressure pill clonidine with a stimulant may benefit children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) who are not getting adequate relief from stimulants alone, according to a new study..." Full Story

  2. ADHD Drug Shortages Lead to Hunt for Options (Wall Street Journal, May 10, 2011)

    "Shortages of drugs for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder have sent patients and their families on a hunt for pharmacies with drugs in stock..." Full Story

  3. ADHD Sufferers Are the Latest Casualties in the War on Drugs (The Atlantic, May 10, 2011)

    "When I started to read the article, I had naturally assumed that this might have something to do with Pharma's supply chain problems. And so it is--but in this case, the kink in the supply chain is the DEA..." Full Story

  4. Attention Disorder Drug Shortage Prompts Finger-Pointing (Wall Street Journal, May 5, 2011)

    "A recent shortage of a drug for attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder in the U.S. has sparked a round of finger-pointing between Shire PLC and the Drug Enforcement Agency..." Full Story

  5. Fixated by Screens, but Seemingly Nothing Else (New York Times, May 9, 2011)

    "The mother had brought in a note from her son's elementary school teacher: Dear doctor, I think this child needs to be tested for attention deficit disorder. "She's worried about how he can't sit still in school and do his work," the mother said. "He's always getting into trouble." But then she brightened. "But he can't have attention deficit, I know that." Why? Her son could sit for hours concentrating on video games, it turned out, so she was certain there was nothing wrong with his attention span..." Full Story

  6. Parents' role in facing up to ADHD (Washington Post, May 9, 2011)

    "A few recent stories in The Post have reminded us that one of the toughest challenges for children with Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder is getting diagnosed. Parents have a crucial role to play in changing this, perhaps more crucial than we want to acknowledge. We can help our children tremendously if we can look back on our own school years and recognize what might have been missed at the time..." Full Story

  7. Stress in pregnancy 'makes child unruly': Mother's anxiety can raise baby's risk of ADHD (Daily Mail [UK], May 7, 2011)

    "Stressed mothers-to-be are more likely to have unruly, hot-tempered children, researchers have found. A study discovered a strong link between mental pressures on the mother in the first months of a child's life and the youngster's behaviour when of school age. It is thought that high levels of stress hormones in the womb affect the delicate development of the unborn baby's brain..." Full Story

  8. A new focus on ADHD in women (Lexington Herald Leader, May 10, 2011)

    "A few minutes shy of 3 p.m., Michelle Suppers pulls her minivan into the parking lot at a Catholic school in Virginia, where her son Anthony attends first grade. For most of the mothers already queued up in the pickup line, this is probably not a big deal. But for Suppers, who for as long as she can remember has always been late to just about everything, the effort required to plan her day, watch the clock and make it to the school on time is nothing short of Herculean..." Full Story

  9. Tackling Motherhood...And ADHD (NPR, May 10, 2011)

    "As more children are diagnosed with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, parents are discovering they have it too. In the U.S., women have become the fastest growing group to be prescribed ADHD medication. In this week's parenting segment, host Michel Martin speaks with Jennifer Brown and Michelle Suppers -- moms with ADHD and journalist Brigid Schulte, who recently covered the issue for The Washington Post Magazine..." Full Story

  10. Do challenging children cause a bad marriage? (Dayton Daily News, May 6, 2011)

    "Research has focused on parents raising children with such problems as Attention Deficit Disorder, Autism Spectrum Disorder and similar types of disabilities. The research findings have been ambiguous, with some studies finding a higher rate of divorce among such parents, which others documenting no real differences. However, it's clear that raising a special-needs child can result in a severe strain on a marriage. Here's how successful marriages navigate these problems..." Full Story

  11. Number of students requiring health services on the rise (Daytona Beach News-Journal, May 8, 2011)

    "When Diane Hammond worked in the Edgewater Public School clinic in the mid-1990s, about a dozen children reported in at lunchtime for doses of Ritalin to help focus their attention and calm their behavior. School nurses today give out fewer doses of Ritalin and other medications for attention deficit disorder and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, she said. That's because new time-released drugs allow students to take them at home before and after school..." 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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