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ADHD in the News - August 4, 2011

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  1. Most Teens Taking Prescription Drugs Do It Right (TIME, August 2, 2011)

    "Most students taking prescription medications for pain, sleep, anxiety or attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) do not misuse the drugs, a new study finds. And proper use of these medications was not associated with a higher risk of addiction or other drug problems. But while 78% of teens used their medications as prescribed, 22% did report misusing their prescription drugs at least once. These kids were nearly eight times more likely to receive a drug abuse diagnosis, compared with those who used their medications appropriately..." Full Story

  2. When Teens Abuse Prescriptions, Addiction Often Follows (HealthDay News, August 1, 2011)

    "More than one in five teens who have been prescribed a controlled medication such as Oxycontin for pain or Ritalin to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder are misusing the drugs, a new study has found. And these kids are more likely than others to abuse other substances and to start giving or selling drugs to their peers, the researchers said. Still, it's important to remember that most kids do take their medications as prescribed, the team added..." Full Story

  3. Drug Proves Promising To Reverse Memory Loss (Huffington Post, July 29, 2011)

    "We are all aware of those "senior moments" that come with aging, like not remembering where the car keys are and forgetting someone's name. Well, scientists may have stumbled upon a cure for this kind of memory loss that seems to work in monkeys: A drug that is already used to treat high blood pressure in adults and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder in children. The finding is published in the journal Nature..." Full Story

  4. Help for ADHD: Not What You Might Think (Woman's Day, July 29, 2011)

    "I recently had the opportunity to take a tour of the Child Mind Institute, an innovative center in New York City focused on treating children with mental health disorders and educating everyone about mental health. Among the most interesting things I saw: the private rooms used for parent-child interaction therapy. When you think about bringing a child with ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder) to a therapist, you probably imagine sitting with an expert in a clinical-looking room or maybe having the therapist just play with your child in an effort to figure him out. But that's not how it's done--at least not anymore..." Full Story

  5. New website to address cumulative harm on communities and the environment (Boston Globe, July 27, 2011)

    "New Bedford residents, like those in many cities, are at risk for high rates of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and high blood pressure, according to state and federal studies. Now, researchers from Boston University School of Public Health, Brigham and Women's Hospital, and Northstar Learning Centers are studying the reasons why, trying to unravel what they believe is a myriad of combining factors -- from PCBs and prenatal tobacco exposure for ADHD, to diet and fine particulate matter exposure for high blood pressure -- that may be increasing the illness risk for residents..." Full Story

  6. Transcendental Meditation Lessens Kids' ADHD Symptoms (Psych Central, July 27, 2011)

    "A new study suggests practicing transcendental meditation (TM) improves brain function and reduces symptoms among students diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Researchers investigated the effects of the meditation practice on task performance and brain functioning in 18 ADHD students, ages 11 to 14 years old. The study was conducted over a period of six months in an independent school for children with language-based learning disabilities in Washington, D.C., and is published in Mind & Brain, The Journal of Psychiatry..." Full Story

  7. Children with ADHD are at greater risk when crossing the street (Consumer Reports, July 27, 2011)

    "Teaching children how to cross streets safely by themselves is one of the basic tasks of responsible parenthood. Children who have Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), however, are at greater risk of injury when crossing the street independently--so parents whose children have ADHD may want to give them extra practice, or even delay when they allow their children to cross streets by themselves. That's the finding from research published recently in the American Academy of Pediatrics journal, Pediatrics, 'Mediating Factors Associated with Pedestrian Injury in Children with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder'..." Full Story

  8. Kids With ADHD Accident Prone in Crosswalks (MedPage Today, July 25, 2011)

    "Although children with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, combined type (ADHD-C) behave largely the same as other children when crossing the street, they chose to cross in riskier situations, researchers found. The findings suggest that executive dysfunction might at least partly explain why kids with ADHD-C have a higher pedestrian injury risk than those with typical development, and those with other developmental disabilities, according to Despina Stavrinos, PhD, of the University of Alabama at Birmingham, and colleagues..." Full Story

  9. Special Needs Kids Bullied More, Fare Poorly at School (US News & World Report, July 27, 2011)

    "Many 'special needs' kids who struggle with medical, emotional or behavioral issues often face tough social and academic troubles in school, a new study suggests. Tracking the progress of more than 1,450 students in fourth through sixth grades from 34 rural schools, U.S. researchers found that one-third coped with special health care needs such as asthma, chronic pain, attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), learning disabilities, or emotional or behavioral problems. These children, from three large school districts in Maryland and West Virginia, were also more likely to be bullied or feel socially isolated in their school, and to be more disruptive in class, according to the cross-sectional study, published in the July 25 issue of Pediatrics..." Full Story

  10. Short-Term Use of Amphetamines Can Improve ADHD Symptoms in Adults, Review Finds (Science Daily, July 28, 2011)

    "Giving amphetamines to adults with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) can help them control their symptoms, but the side effects mean that some people do not manage to take them for very long. These conclusions were drawn by a team of five researchers working at Girona and Barcelona Universities in Spain, and published in a new Cochrane Systematic Review..." Full Story

  11. Quality of Life for Children With ADHD and Their Families Worsens With Greater Disease Severity (ScienceDaily, July 26, 2011)

    "The greater the severity of a child's Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) symptoms, the more negative impacts on the child's health-related quality of life from the perspective of the child and the parent, a new study by a Baylor University psychologist has found. Researchers compared children with ADHD in different types of treatment settings and found that children with ADHD being treated by a general pediatrician have better overall health-related quality of life and family functioning than children with ADHD being treated in a psychiatric clinic. The study appears online in the Journal of Attention Disorders and is the first study to demonstrate greater negative impact on quality of life and family function in children with ADHD treated at a psychiatric clinic compared to those treated at a general pediatric clinic..." Full Story

  12. Camp Empowers Kids With ADHD To Tap Inner Genius (WDIV Detroit, July 25, 2011)

    "Attention Deficit Hyperactivy Disorder is very common in children, but many children feel alone and isolated because they face challenges they feel others do not. Now a local group is offering summer camps that teach children to understand that their challenges are really gifts. This is the second year Girls and Boys Empowered offered the camps to children with ADHD..." Full Story

  13. Swedish Prisons' Overuse of Stimulants to Treat ADHD, Alarming (Epoch Times, July 21, 2011)

    "The number of Swedish prison inmates receiving Ritalin for the treatment of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), increased by 30 percent last year, according to recent Swedish Prison and Probation Service statistics. Earlier estimates have indicated that around 25 percent of the Swedish prison population may suffer from ADHD, but the figure may be even higher, according to Lars-Håkan Nilsson, medical adviser to the Swedish Prison and Probation Service..." Full Story>

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