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ADHD in the News - May 19, 2011

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

  1. New Genetics Work Challenges Basic Ideas about Mental Illness (Scientific American, May 17, 2011)

    "The search for the genetic roots of psychiatric illnesses and behavioral disorders such as schizophrenia, autism and ADHD has a long history, but until recently, it was one marked by frustration and skepticism. In the past few years, new techniques have begun to reveal strong evidence for the role of specific genes in some cases of these conditions but in a way few people expected..." Full Story

  2. Study: Heart Risk Low for Kids on ADHD Drugs (WebMD, May 16, 2011)

    "Children who take Adderall, Ritalin, Strattera, or other drugs for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) are no more likely to die from cardiovascular causes as other children, a new study finds..." Full Story

  3. FDA panel discusses monitoring ADHD, other medications for children (Pediatric Supersite, May 17, 2011)

    "Despite study results released online that suggest no increased risk for cardiovascular events in children taking medications for attention-deficit/ hyperactivity disorder, an advisory panel to the FDA recommended that the agency should continue to monitor at least one of these medications for adverse events..." Full Story

  4. Adderall safe for ADHD kids? Study says yes, but some experts disagree (CBS News, May 17, 2011)

    "Do ADHD drugs like Adderall and Ritalin pose risks to kids' hearts? A new study suggests the answer is no, but some scientists aren't so sure...Nissen, long an outspoken critic of casual use of the drugs, said the core issue - whether the drugs are risky with long-term use - wasn't addressed by the study..." Full Story

  5. Revisiting ADHD and Ritalin (Los Angeles Times, May 15, 2011)

    "The doctor who in his 1996 book suggested that the hyperactivity disorder was being over-diagnosed has released a new book on the progress of some of his patients over the years..." Full Story

  6. ADHD in adults may become easier to diagnosis (Los Angeles Times, May 15, 2011)

    "Identifying older teens and adults with ADHD should become easier -- and prevalence rates will increase -- based on a proposal under consideration by the nation's psychiatrists, according to information reported Sunday at the annual meeting of the American Psychiatric Assn. here. Psychiatrists are in the process of rewriting the essential textbook on mental illness -- "Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders" -- for publication in 2013..." Full Story

  7. Speed Bumps on the Way to an A.D.H.D. Diagnosis (New York Times, May 13, 2011)

    "WHEN Liz Goldberg, 53, was growing up, she always felt "a little off." She received good grades and even completed a master's degree in health administration, but it was always a struggle...Finally, in her late 40s, Ms. Goldberg was given a diagnosis of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, a condition caused by signaling problems in the brain. The primary symptoms are impulsiveness, inattention, restlessness and poor self-regulation. Children with the condition tend to be hyperactive, but adults who have it often just seem distracted and disorganized..." Full Story

  8. Homeopathic Alternatives for Children with ADHD (Huffington Post, May 19, 2011)

    "Homeopathic medicines provide one viable alternative, and several double-blind studies published in medical journals have confirmed good results and much safer treatment. That said, it should be acknowledged that at present, there has been only a handful of studies testing homeopathic medicines, and not every study showed efficacy of treatment. However, because some studies have shown benefits of homeopathic care, and because these medicines are so safe, it is reasonable to consider homeopathic treatment before resorting to more risky therapeutic measures." Full Story

  9. 'Steroids for school': College students get hooked on 'smart drugs' (MSNBC, May 17, 2011)

    "Hidden-camera investigation shows how easy it is to buy illegal prescription drugs...At colleges across America, students are becoming addicted to a popular prescription drug -- not because they're trying to get high, but because they hope to get smarter. The drug, Adderall, is normally prescribed for kids with attention deficit disorder. But some college kids are taking the medication because it helps them focus and pull all-nighters..." Full Story

  10. College final exams are upon us, and ADHD medication is in demand (Los Angeles Times, May 18, 2011)

    "Stimulant medications to treat attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder are popular pills on college campuses during finals week, according to surveys. Even people without an ADHD diagnosis seek the medications to improve concentration and focus during tests. But a new study suggests that, in general, stimulant medications are not as diverted or abused for non-medical purposes as are some other prescription drugs..." 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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