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ADHD in the News - June 21, 2012

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

  1. ADHD drug prescriptions to US children on the rise (LA Health Examiner, June 18, 2012)

    "Researchers from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released a report of their findings on June 18, which is also published in the July 2012 issue of Pediatrics. The researchers investigated the number of drugs dispensed to US minors over the past decade and found that from 2002 to 2010 medications to treat ADHD increased by 46% to approximately 800,000 prescriptions a year..." Full Story

  2. More Docs Penning Scripts for ADHD Meds (Medscape Medical News, June 18, 2012)

    "Clinicians are writing more prescriptions for attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) medications for children, but fewer for antibiotics. Using large prescription databases, Grace Chai, PharmD, and associates at the US Food and Drug Administration examined drug use patterns for the US pediatric population (aged 0 to 17 years) from 2002 through 2010..." Full Story

  3. Stimulants in ADHD: A Road to Hypertension? (Medscape Today, June 19, 2012)

    "The February 2012 issue of the American Journal of Psychiatry contains several articles about the use of stimulants and other aspects of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in both children and adults. In one article, Zuvekas and Vitiello describe the increasing use of stimulants in children. In another, Vitiello and colleagues report a study of blood pressure and heart rate in children being treated for ADHD over a 10-year period..." Full Story

  4. Training People to Inhibit Movements Can Reduce Risk-Taking (Science Daily, June 14, 2012)

    "New research from psychologists at the Universities of Exeter and Cardiff shows that people can train their brains to become less impulsive, resulting in less risk-taking during gambling. The research could pave the way for new treatments for people with addictions to gambling, drugs or alcohol as well as impulse-control disorders, such as ADHD..." Full Story

  5. Sachs Center Offers New Therapy Group for Adults with ADD (PRWeb, June 20, 2012)

    "The Sachs Center's new therapy group specifically targets adult men and women who want to improve their lives, but are hindered by ADD. The therapy group is uniquely designed to improve the executive functioning issues commonly affected by ADD..." Full Story

  6. AIC professor dispels myths of ADHD (ReadMedia, June 21, 2012)

    "There are more than three million children in the United States who are diagnosed with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and approximately four times that number of adults with the problem. But, according to a psychologist at American International College (AIC) in Springfield, Mass., despite the increased frequency of diagnosis, there are a number of myths and misconceptions about the causes and cures for ADHD..." Full Story

  7. Does Your Child Really Have ADHD? Perhaps an unchecked sleep problem could be to blame (US News & World Report, June 20, 2012)

    "The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that more than 5 million children ages 3 to 17 have been diagnosed with the condition, making it one of the most common mental disorders in children and adolescents. This has even prompted declarations of an ADHD epidemic in America. Recent research, though, suggests that a child's sleep patterns could partly be to blame..." 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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