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ADHD in the News - August 2, 2012

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

  1. Childhood Defiance Correlated With Drug Dependence (Science Daily, August 1, 2012)

    "Children who exhibit oppositional behavior run the risk of becoming addicted to nicotine, cannabis and cocaine whilst Inattention symptoms represent a specific additional risk of nicotine addiction. Nevertheless, hyperactivity in itself does not seem to be associated with any specific risk of substance abuse or dependence. This is what researchers at the Sainte-Justine University Hospital Center's (UHC) Research Center and the University of Montreal concluded following a 15-year population-based study published in Molecular Psychiatry..." Full Story

  2. Defiance, Not Hyperactivity, Linked to Drug Dependence (Psych Central, August 2, 2012)

    "A new population-based, multi-year study suggests that children who exhibit oppositional behavior are more likely to become addicted to nicotine, cannabis and cocaine. Researchers from the University of Montreal say that inattention symptoms are associated with a specific additional risk of nicotine addiction. But contrary to some earlier findings, hyperactivity in itself does not seem to be associated with any specific risk of substance abuse or dependence..." Full Story

  3. Brain Development Delayed in ADHD, Study Shows (Science Daily, July 30, 2012)

    "Is attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) due to a delay in brain development or the result of complete deviation from typical development? In the current issue of Biological Psychiatry, Dr. Philip Shaw and colleagues present evidence for delay based on a study by the National Institutes of Health..." Full Story

  4. ADHD Experts: What I Wish I Knew When I Was Diagnosed (PsychCentral, July 31, 2012)

    "Receiving a diagnosis of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) can be overwhelming, confusing and liberating. Now you have a name for your longtime struggles. But you also might have many questions, such as: Where do I go from here? Below, clinicians and coaches who have ADHD reflect back on the days they were diagnosed, revealing the insights they wish they would've known..." Full Story

  5. Signs of ADHD Evident by Preschool (HealthDay, August 1, 2012)

    "Early identification improves odds for social, academic success..."Research shows that children with ADHD have abnormal brain development, meaning that ADHD has a biological basis that often makes it a lifelong condition," [Dr. Mark Mahone, director of the department of neuropsychology at Kennedy Krieger Institute in Baltimore] added in an institute news release. Parents should pay close attention to the behavior of their young children, Mahone said. He added that in children aged 3 to 4, the following behaviors are often associated with a diagnosis of ADHD by the time children reach school age..." Full Story

  6. What can athletes with ADHD teach us about the condition? (Gulfnews, August 2, 2012)

    Sport gives sufferers like Phelps and McKenzie a sense of achievement they need to build confidence and resilience, expert says...London Michael Phelps, hailed as the greatest Olympian ever, has attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. Can his, and others', success be used help inspire younger people?..." Full Story

  7. Games to Sharpen the Brain (New York Times, July 31, 2012)

    "If two start-ups have their way, videogames might cure more than just boredom. They could also be used to treat attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder. Akili Interactive Labs Inc. of Boston, formed by start-up-creating firm PureTech Ventures, and San Francisco company Brain Plasticity Inc. are seeking Food and Drug Administration approval for a videogame treatment they hope clinicians will turn to before prescribing medicines for ADHD..." Full Story

  8. Smooth Transition: Researchers Helping Freshmen with ADHD Succeed in College (Newswise, August 2, 2012)

    "Attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder, or ADHD, affects 1 to 4 percent of college students, according to national studies. For freshmen with ADHD, the transition to college can be especially difficult. Kristy Morgan, recent Kansas State University doctoral graduate in student affairs and higher education, Leavenworth, Kan., has studied ways to help college students with ADHD plan a successful transition to college. Research shows that college students with ADHD have a tangible struggle with a medical condition that cannot be dismissed as an everyday struggle..." 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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