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ADHD in the News - August 29, 2013

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

  1. Study drugs on campus (Radio Health Journal, August 27, 2013)

    Studies show that on some college campuses, half or more of all students will have used an illicit ADHD drug to get better grades by the time they graduate. Experts discuss the attitudes of students toward these drugs and the new moves by many student health services to clamp down on their easy availability--Dr. Ruth Hughes, CEO, CHADD; Dr. Alan DeSantis, Professor of Communications, University of Kentucky; Dr. Ted Grace, Director of Student Health Services, Southern Illinois University-Carbondale. Listen

  2. UK Children Less Likely to Be Diagnosed With ADHD Than US Children (Science Daily, August 28, 2013)

    "New research suggests that children are far less likely to be diagnosed with Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in the UK than they are in the US. However, the same study, led by the University of Exeter Medical School, suggests that autism diagnosis is still rising. The study is published online in the Journal of Autism Developmental Disorders..." Full story

  3. Omega-3 Reduces ADHD Symptoms in Rats (Science Daily, August 23, 2013)

    "Researchers at the University of Oslo have observed the behaviour of rats and have analyzed biochemical processes in their brains. The results show a clear improvement in ADHD-related behaviour from supplements of omega-3 fatty acids, as well as a faster turnover of the signal substances dopamine, serotonin and glutamate in the nervous system. There are, however, clear sex differences: a better effect from omega-3 fatty acids is achieved in male rats than in female..." Full story

  4. Some Video Games May Boost Brain's Flexibility, Study Finds (HealthDay News, August 23, 2013)

    "Playing certain types of video games can boost a person's flexible thinking skills, according to a new study. The findings could lead to new treatments for people with brain injuries or conditions such as attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), the researchers suggest...The study, published Aug. 21 in the journal PLoS One, was funded by the U.S. Air Force Office of Scientific Research, U.S. Army Research Laboratory and the U.S. National Institutes of Health..." Full story

  5. Video games do not make vulnerable teens more violent (Science Codex, August 26, 2013)

    "Do violent video games such as 'Mortal Kombat,' 'Halo' and 'Grand Theft Auto' trigger teenagers with symptoms of depression or attention deficit disorder to become aggressive bullies or delinquents? No, according to Christopher Ferguson of Stetson University and independent researcher Cheryl Olson from the US in a study published in Springer's Journal of Youth and Adolescence. On the contrary, the researchers found that the playing of such games actually had a very slight calming effect on youths with attention deficit symptoms and helped to reduce their aggressive and bullying behavior..." Full story

  6. More Links Seen Between Autism, ADHD (HealthDay News, August 26, 2013)

    "Kids with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) are 20 times more likely to exhibit some traits of autism than children without ADHD, according to a new study. One of every five ADHD kids in the study exhibited signs of autism such as slow language development, difficulty interacting with others and problems with emotional control, said study co-author Dr. Joseph Biederman, director of the pediatric psychopharmacology unit at Massachusetts General Hospital...Fewer than 1 percent of kids in the non-ADHD comparison group exhibited any traits linked to autism, according to the study appearing in the September issue of Pediatrics..." Full story

  7. Psych Drugs Don't Raise Death Risk in Mental Illness (Medpage Today, August 28, 2013)

    "Suspicions that psychiatric medications increase the mortality risk associated with mental illness were not borne out in a review of clinical trial data, researchers said. Death rates among more than 90,000 adult participants in trials of drugs for depression, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, anxiety, and attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) were, for the most part, the same or lower in those assigned to active drugs versus placebo, according to Arif Khan, MD, of Northwest Clinical Research Center in Bellevue, Wash., and colleagues...the researchers reported online in JAMA Psychiatry..." Full story

  8. 8 Strategies for Navigating Common Conversation Stumbles in ADHD (PsychCentral, August 26, 2013)

    "People with ADHD have a hard time with conversation. They might get distracted and lose track of what the other person is saying. They might ramble, and monopolize the conversation...They might interrupt. They might stand too close to the person they’re talking to. They might monitor everything they say because of past social slipups...The good news is that these potential stumbles have solutions...Below, [Stephanie Sarkis, Ph.D, a psychotherapist and author of several books on ADHD, and psychotherapist Terry Matlen, ACSW] shared eight strategies to try..." Full story

  9. ADHD, Women, And Work: What It's Like And Ways To Cope (Forbes, August 27, 2013)

    "Renee started to notice something wasn’t right when she was 16...Despite the fact that Renee felt “constantly behind and somewhat lost” in her senior year, her SATs were well above average and she secured a spot as an incoming freshman at UCLA...But 500 miles away from home (and her mother’s highly organized household), college was “total bedlam” for Renee..." Full story

  10. No School Worries for Slightly Early Arrivals (dailyRX News, August 25, 2013)

    "Being born extremely early has been linked to some developmental problems. But there is less to worry about if a child is born just a little early. A recent study found that children born between 34 and 37 weeks didn't have an increased risk of learning disabilities than children born at full term. The children born a little early were also no more likely to have attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) than children born on time..." 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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