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ADHD in the News - June 14, 2012

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

  1. Summer Retreat and Free Care Package Support Mothers of ADHD Children (PRWEB, June 13, 2012)

    "This summer the Edge Foundation and {a mom's view of ADHD} are offering much-needed support to parents of children with ADHD and other brain-based disabilities: a free ADHD Parent Care Package and the Happy Mama Conference and Retreat. Mothers of children with ADHD are often stressed-out, overwhelmed, overworked, tired and under-nurtured for good reason... The ADHD Parent Care Package offers parents of teens and college students with ADHD ideas, facts, resources and encouragement..." Full Story

  2. ADHD & Parenting: An Interview with Dr. Mark Bertin, M.D. (Huffington Post, June 11, 2012)

    "Dr. Mark Bertin, M.D., a board certified developmental behavioral pediatrician, studied at the UCLA School of Medicine and completed his training in general pediatrics at Oakland Children's Hospital in California. Dr. Bertin is an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at New York Medical College..." Full Story

  3. Rockville gym caters to clients with disabilities (Washington Post, June 12, 2012)

    "With a diagnosis of severe attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder and executive dysfunction, [Jake Eisenstat] has so much trouble focusing that his parents school him at home. His stamina is poor, and the development of his spatial awareness is delayed. One day last week, he was in the newly reopened Fitness for Health gym in Rockville, using the Trazer, a floor-sized adaptation of the Dance Dance Revolution game, working on his agility and anticipation. The exercise also helps improves his concentration, at least for a while. He's "getting this incredible workout," said his mother, Diane. "It's like a mom's dream..." Full Story

  4. ADHD drugs to carry "youth friendly" patient info (Pharma Times, June 12, 2012)

    "Medicines for treating attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) will now include information written specifically for young and teenage patients, the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) has announced. This is the first time that a dedicated "youth friendly" sector has been added to the patient information leaflet (PIL) provided with any medicine taken by under-18s, and is designed to help children with ADHD to understand more about the medicines they take and how to take them safely..." Full Story

  5. Attacking aggression: Local ADHD study seeks volunteers (KENS 5-TV, June 13, 2012)

    "Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a difficult behavioral problem. Often, children show aggressive tendencies. Now San Antonio doctors are trying a new approach to treating the issue..." Full Story

  6. Risky Rise of the Good-Grade Pill (New York Times, June 9, 2012)

    "At high schools across the United States, pressure over grades and competition for college admissions are encouraging students to abuse prescription stimulants, according to interviews with students, parents and doctors. Pills that have been a staple in some college and graduate school circles are going from rare to routine in many academically competitive high schools, where teenagers say they get them from friends, buy them from student dealers or fake symptoms to their parents and doctors to get prescriptions..." Full Story

  7. In Their Own Words: "Study Drugs" (New York Times, June 13, 2012)

    "After inviting students to submit personal stories of the abuse of prescription drugs for academic advantage, The Times received almost 200 submissions. While a majority focused on the prevalence of these drugs on college campuses, many wrote about their increasing appearance in high schools, the focus of our article on Sunday. We have highlighted about 30 of the submissions below, almost all written by current high school students or recent graduates..." Full Story

  8. Should Ritalin Be Distributed To Everyone Taking the SATs? (Scientific American, June 13, 2012)

    "The use of uppers to help study for exams--an uncondoned practice that dates back decades--came under renewed scrutiny with a recent front-page story in the New York Times that highlighted the prevalence of the practice. More and more students appear to be taking stimulants to improve mental focus and to elevate test scores...Is there anything wrong with this picture? The problem relates to the inherent complexity of the brain and the imperfections of drug development..." Full Story

  9. Room for Debate: Fewer Prescriptions for A.D.H.D., Less Drug Abuse? (New York Times, June 9, 2012)

    "Should doctors prescribe fewer stimulants for teenagers, to try to limit the number of young people abusing these drugs? Or would that only increase the risk of underdiagnosis and undertreatment for teenagers who have attention problems? Read the Discussion..." Full Story

  10. Teens Taking ADHD Drugs to Get Good Grades: How Big a Problem Is It? (TIME.com, June 11, 2012)

    "Students have been taking stimulants to get ahead since the 1930s. Is there any reason to believe the problem is bigger today than ever before?...the data on stimulant use from national surveys tells a very different story..." 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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