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ADHD in the News - August 16, 2012

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

  1. Girls With ADHD at Risk for Self-Injury, Suicide Attempts as Young Adults (Science Daily, August 14, 2012)

    "Young women diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder as girls, particularly the type with early signs of impulsivity, were three to four times more likely to attempt suicide and two to three times more likely to report injuring themselves than comparable young women in a control group, according to the findings, published online in the Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology..." Full Story

  2. Toddler Snoring May Lead to Unruly Behavior (MedPage Today, August 13, 2012)

    "Persistent snoring in preschoolers, which puts them at risk for worse behavior, is most common in children in poorer families and in those breastfed for short times or not at all, a prospective study showed...And while race and exposure to tobacco smoke also were associated with habitual snoring in unadjusted analyses, significance was lost after adjustment for demographics, the researchers reported online ahead of print in the September Pediatrics..." Full Story

  3. 5 questions to ask before starting your child on ADHD medication (Fox News, August 15, 2012)

    "Medication for ADHD can make a dramatic difference if it's used appropriately, yet some experts say these pills are being overly prescribed. In fact, according to study published in The American Journal of Psychiatry, approximately 2.8 million or 3.5 percent of children were prescribed ADHD medication in 2008, up from 2.4 percent 12 years earlier. If you are concerned your child has ADHD, or he or she has already received a diagnosis, here are five questions to ask before opting for meds..." Full Story

  4. Typical Toddler Behavior, or ADHD? 10 Ways to Tell (MyHealthNewsDaily, August 14, 2012)

    "Telling the difference between a normal, antsy 4-year-old and one who is hyperactive to the point where it affects his or her ability to learn has become trickier as attention deficit disorders have become more common, according to recent research...But there are visible symptoms of ADHD to watch for, too. Mahone suggested that parents consult their physician if they witness these behaviors in their 3- or 4-year-old.." Full Story

  5. Vigilant Parenting Helps Prevent Alcohol Misuse in Teens With ADHD (GoodTherapy.org, August 8, 2012)

    "Children with attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) are at risk for numerous social, psychological, and academic challenges...Research has hinted to a link between ADHD and alcohol use during adolescence. But few studies have looked at this relationship while taking into consideration other factors such as parental awareness. Brooke S. G. Molina of the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Pittsburgh sought to extend the existing research by examining the effects of vigilant parenting on alcohol use among teens with ADHD..." Full Story

  6. Sodium benzoate boosts ADHD risk - study (Foodconsumer.org, August 12, 2012)

    "If your children act like they suffer attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), you may want to check and see if they eat too much of processed foods and beverages, which are likely preserved with sodium benzoate. A new study in Journal of Attention Disorders found eating such foods boosts the risk of ADHD..." Full Story

  7. New Research Fuels Greater Understanding of Atopic Dermatitis and Psoriasis in Children and Adolescents (Science Daily, August 16, 2012)

    "Early intervention for young patients with skin conditions is important in reducing the risk for potentially serious medical conditions, experts say. For the millions of children and adolescents affected by chronic skin conditions such as atopic dermatitis and psoriasis, the toll these conditions can take on patients and their families is immeasurable...Emerging information is now pointing to certain mental health disorders associated with atopic dermatitis. Specifically, there are higher rates of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in children with atopic dermatitis..." 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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