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ADHD in the News - August 9, 2012

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

  1. ADHD affects 3% of over-60s (WebMD, August 9, 2012)

    "Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is often seen as a condition affecting children and young people, however according to the first study of its kind, it also affects around 3% of over-60s. Lead researcher of the Dutch study, Marieke Michielsen said in a press release: "ADHD affects 3-7% of school-aged children, and about 4.4% of adults. However, little is known about ADHD in old age and this is the first epidemiological study on ADHD in older people..." Full Story

  2. Adult ADHD: A Little Awareness Goes a Long Way (Huffington Post, August 3, 2012)

    ""I probably have a little bit of ADHD myself -- where do you think my kid got it from?" It's a frequent comment I hear in conversation, once people know what I do for a living. It also comes up in my medical practice several times a month. Grownups feel that they had attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) as a child or might have it now. Often, this reflection is sparked by having witnessed their own children benefiting from ADHD interventions. And still, most adults shrug off the possibility of ADHD or make a self-effacing joke without apparent thoughts for doing anything concrete about it at all..." Full Story

  3. More Kids Taking Antipsychotics for ADHD: Study (HealthDay, August 7, 2012)

    "Use of powerful antipsychotic medications such as Abilify and Risperdal to control youngsters with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and other behavior problems has skyrocketed in recent years, a new study finds. Antipsychotics are approved to treat bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, other serious mental problems and irritability related to autism. But they don't have U.S. Food and Drug Administration approval for ADHD or other childhood behavior problems, and their use for this purpose is considered "off label..." Full Story

  4. The Best Activities for Kids with ADHD (Atlanta Black Star, August 8, 2012)

    "After a long day in the classroom, after-school (or weekend) activities can give ADHD kids a chance to burn off extra energy and boost to their confidence. While martial arts are often touted as the go-to sport for kids struggling with this disorder, parents say they've found success with a variety of other activities too. It really depends on your kid -- and what his passions are -- but active and/or outdoor-based activities are a good place to start. We tapped CHADD (Child and Adults with ADHD) to get the scoop on the best activities to try..." Full Story

  5. Marburn Academy enrollment at all-time high this school year (ThisWeek Community News, August 8, 2012)

    "When classes resume on Aug. 22 at Marburn Academy, the Northland private school [in Columbus, OH] for young people with ADHD and other learning differences will have more than 170 students. "The most we've ever had," spokeswoman Nancy Paul said last week..." Full Story

  6. Preschool Children Who Can Pay Attention More Likely to Finish College: Early Reading and Math Not Predictive of College Completion (ScienceDaily, August 6, 2012)

    "Young children who are able to pay attention and persist with a task have a 50 percent greater chance of completing college, according to a new study at Oregon State University. Tracking a group of 430 preschool-age children, the study gives compelling evidence that social and behavioral skills, such as paying attention, following directions and completing a task may be even more crucial than academic abilities. And the good news for parents and educators, the researchers said, is that attention and persistence skills are malleable and can be taught..." Full Story

  7. Researchers Embark on Long-Term Study of Brain Development (Education Week, August 7, 2012)

    "An unprecedented research project in one Virginia community aims to show how peoples' genetics, environment, and especially their connection to others contribute to brain development and decisionmaking over a lifetime. The Roanoke Brain Study, which begins with its first pediatric group of 200 to 300 children this fall, looks at how typically developing individuals and those with cognitive challenges like autism or attention deficit disorders interact with others..." Full Story

  8. AJ Allmendinger positive for Adderall (ESPN.com, August 8, 2012)

    "AJ Allmendinger tested positive for prescription Adderall, the suspended NASCAR driver told ESPN in an exclusive interview Tuesday. Adderall is typically prescribed for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, Allmendinger said. He does not have ADHD and therefore had no prescription..." 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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