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ADHD in the News - July 5, 2012

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

  1. Public Insurance Fingered for Rise in ADHD Diagnosis in Poor (Family Practice News, July 5, 2012)

    "Improved access to health care appears to be contributing to a rise in attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder diagnoses among poor children, a national study has found. Although many factors may be contributing to the rise in ADHD diagnoses among poor children, access to health care through public insurance programs may have played a role, according to Patricia Pastor, Ph.D., who was one of the study coauthors. Since 1997, there has been a significant decline in the number of uninsured poor children because of the expansion of the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) and Medicaid..." Full Story

  2. Budget Cuts Force Higher Fees for ADHD Services (PennLive.com, July 2, 2012)

    "Orange County's leading resource for low-income parents of young children with symptoms of attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder [ADHD] will have to raise its rates dramatically in anticipation of future state budget cuts..." Full Story

  3. Is There An ADHD Epidemic in Major League Baseball? (SB Nation, June 29, 2012)

    "Eight percent of major league players have been diagnosed with ADHD and prescribed stimulants like Adderall and Ritalin. Critics charge the numbers are much higher in baseball than in the general population. In response, MLB tightened rules for obtaining permission to take the stimulants, which are otherwise banned. We investigate and separate fact from fiction..." Full Story

  4. Follow-Up Study Reveals Executive Function Impairment in Girls With ADHD (Good Therapy, July 3, 2012)

    "An emerging area of research for ADHD involves exploring how executive function is impaired in female clients. Although more attention has been given to ADHD in girls in recent years, few studies have revealed evidence of longitudinal effects of ADHD in this population. To address this void, Meghan Miller of the Department of Psychology at the University of California recently published data from a study that followed the trajectory of executive function impairment in a sample of 140 female ADHD clients and 88 female controls..." Full Story

  5. W.Va. camp helps kids with social learning (San Francisco Chronicle, July 4, 2012)

    "Several parents approached [Susannah Vitaglione] about starting a camp because their children couldn't attend larger camps, for fear that their child "would be too overwhelmed," Vitaglione said. Discovery Camp is open to children with Asperger's Syndrome, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, high-functioning autism, nonverbal learning disorders and other social learning difficulties..." Full Story

  6. Many hold flawed perceptions of ADD, ADHD (The Red and Black (U of GA), June 30, 2012)

    "With the growing popularity of drugs like Adderall as casual study aids, discussions about the reality of the disorders they're meant to treat seem to intensify. It was only recently brought to my attention that many people still fiercely debate the legitimacy of ADD/ADHD diagnoses. As someone who was diagnosed with ADHD as a child and still struggles with several symptoms today, I find this argument absurd..." 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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