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ADHD in the News - September 20, 2013

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

  1. Low Omega-3 Could Explain Why Some Children Struggle With Reading (ScienceDaily, September 13, 2013)

    "An Oxford University study has shown that a representative sample of UK schoolchildren aged seven to nine years had low levels of key Omega-3 fatty acids in their blood. Furthermore, the study found that children's blood levels of the long-chain Omega-3 DHA (the form found in most abundance in the brain) 'significantly predicted' how well they were able to concentrate and learn. Oxford University researchers explained the findings, recently published in the journal PLOS One..." Full Story

  2. Parenting a Child with ADHD (Worcester Telegram, September 18, 2013)

    "A concerned parent's first response to the possibility that her child may have ADHD (attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder) is often, “What can I do about it?” Although life with your child may be challenging, children with ADHD can and do succeed. As a parent, you can help create home and school environments that help your child do well. The earlier you address your child's challenges, the more likely you are to prevent school and social situations that could lead to bigger problems later on..." Full Story

  3. For college-age students with ADHD, new resources available (Metro, September 15, 2013)

    "When people think of students with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), they might think of a boy bouncing off a wall, unable to focus on his homework. But ADHD is much more complicated, say people planning ADHD Awareness Month, coming in October with free webinars and info sessions. For students, ADHD can bring particular challenges, whether sitting through a lecture or juggling homework. We spoke with Michele Novotni, chair of the ADHD Awareness Month Coalition, to discuss some of the misconceptions about ADHD..." Full Story

  4. How Many Children Are Taking ADHD Medication? (dailyRx News, September 13, 2013)

    "ADHD medication prescriptions have become more and more common in the United States. Doctors are now using these medications to treat a variety of psychiatric disorders. A recent study examined trends in attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) medication prescriptions for children and adolescents diagnosed with ADHD, autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and other psychiatric disorders over the course of a decade..." Full Story

  5. ADHD Not Sole Driver of Skyrocketing Stimulant Use in Kids (Medscape, September 19, 2013)

    "The use of stimulant medications in children and adolescents during the past decade has increased 5-fold, but the rise is not solely due to attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), new research shows. A large, prospective Danish study reveals that stimulants are increasingly being used to treat symptoms of other neuropsychiatric disorders, predominantly autism spectrum disorders (ASDs)..." Full Story

  6. Strike Three for ADHD: How Baseball Helped "The Killing" Actress Bex Taylor-Klaus (Everyday Health, September 19, 2013)

    "Bex Taylor-Klaus firmly believes that if she hadn’t played baseball as a kid in Atlanta, she would not be playing Bullet on AMC’s murder-mystery drama "The Killing" today. “Without a doubt, sports got me where I am today,” said Bex, who has attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and has been living in Los Angeles since she turned 18 about a year ago..." Full Story

  7. ADHD, or Childhood Narcissism? (The Atlantic, September 17, 2013)

    "Many people recognize the symptoms associated with ADHD: problems listening, forgetfulness, distractibility, prematurely ending effortful tasks, excessive talking, fidgetiness, difficulties waiting one’s turn, and being action-oriented. Many also may note that these symptoms encapsulate behaviors and tendencies that most kids seem to find challenging. So what leads parents to dismiss a hunch that their child may be having difficulty acquiring effective social skills or may be slower to mature emotionally than most other kids and instead accept a diagnosis of ADHD?.." 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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