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ADHD in the News - September 22, 2011

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

  1. Classes to help parents of ADHD children (Standard-Examiner, September 21, 2011)

    "Is Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder real or just an excuse? Is medication always the right answer? ADHD is real, said Weber County School District elementary school counselor Edward Williams, who said current research indicates 5 to 8 percent of the school population meets the criteria for ADHD. However, less than half of them actually get diagnosed. Of the half who do, less than half of those receive any meaningful treatment...Williams, along with other experts in the field, will be teaching classes from September through May on ADHD. Although the classes are free, pre-registration is required. Some of the topics discussed will include facts versus myths, family training and how to handle misbehavior..." Full Story

  2. Bisphenol A (BPA) Found In Canned Foods Aimed At Children (Medical News Today, September 21, 2011)

    "A Breast Cancer Fund report has revealed that bisphenol A (BPA) was found in every food can they tested - the cans are aimed at children, and include Toy Story soups and Campbell's Disney Princess, which had the highest levels. BPA exposure is linked to a higher risk of developing prostate and breast cancers, early puberty in females, type-2 diabetes, obesity, infertility and ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder)..." Full Story

  3. School stress is an increasing cause of physical and psychological disorders (New York Daily News, September 21, 2011)

    "A general pediatrician at Mount Sinai, Blair Hammond sees kids from birth to age 21. Every day, she sees elementary- age students suffering from school stress. Routine doctor checkups have long been part of the back-to-school routine, but now doctors are finding that they need to check for school stress even in very young kids..." Full Story

  4. Kids' Poor Bedtime Habits May Bring ADHD Misdiagnosis (WebMD, September 20, 2011)

    "A child's bedtime habits could result in behavior problems -- and a misdiagnosis of ADHD, a new study suggests. The study is based on a survey of 704 parents of children ages 2 to 13. The parents, mostly mothers, filled out brief questionnaires in randomly selected pediatricians' waiting rooms..." Full Story

  5. New study finds link between ADHD-like behavior and sleep habits (WNDU.com, September 20, 2011)

    "A new study finds that children's bedtime habits can lead to a misdiagnosis of ADHD...Diagnosing the disorder seems to be tricky due to other factors that can contribute to a child's behavior. The study by the New England Center for Pediatric Psychology found that children who do not have a regular bedtime had ADHD-like behaviors eight times more frequently than children who did have a regular bedtime. And, children who did not sleep in their own beds had ADHD-like behavior seven times more frequently than children who slept in their own beds..." Full Story

  6. Open minds prevail over bullies (Hamilton Spectator (Ontario, CA), September 20, 2011)

    "About 200 people rallied against bullying Monday in front of the public school board head quarters downtown in the wake of the death of 17-year-old Christopher Howell. The Grade 12 Sir Winston Churchill Secondary School student took his life Sept. 8 after years of torment. Taunted since grade school, he had Tourette's syndrome, obsessive-compulsive disorder and attention deficit hyperacitivity disorder. He was receiving treatment and counselling to deal with the bullying and his own anger management issues..." Full Story

  7. Study: Ritalin May Reverse the Effects of Anesthesia (TIME, September 21, 2011)

    "Ritalin (methylphenidate), the stimulant drug commonly used to treat attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder, may speed recovery from anesthesia, according to new research in rats that found that animals awakened from anesthesia three times faster when given the medication rather than a placebo and also recovered regular breathing more quickly..." Full Story

  8. ADHD meds may delay boys' puberty, study suggests (MSNBC, September 19, 2011)

    "A medication taken by millions of children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) may delay puberty, at least temporarily, according to a new study in animals. High doses of the drug methylphenidate--the active ingredient in Ritalin and other ADHD medications--reduced testes size and delayed descent of the testes in male monkeys younger than 5 years old, compared with monkeys not given the drug. The drug also reduced their testosterone levels at both low and high doses. However, the effects were not permanent. Around age 5, both the treated and untreated groups reached similar stages of puberty..." Full Story

  9. ADHD test tool made portable by BioBehavioral (Philadelphia Business Journal, September 21, 2011)

    "BioBehavioral Diagnostics Co. has launched a portable version of its Quotient ADHD System, a tool that objectively measures brain functions and helps diagnose attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder. The portable Quotient ADHD System was designed to offer clinicians more flexibility than the original kiosk setup. Officials at the Plymouth Meeting company said clinicians can now transport the system to other office locations, or offer attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder test days at schools or health fairs. The compact size also enables space-constrained medical practices to provide objective ADHD testing..." Full Story

  10. Scientists can now 'see' how different parts of our brain communicate (Media-Newswire.com, September 21, 2011)

    "A new technique which lets scientists 'see' our brain waves at work could revolutionise our understanding of the human body's most complex organ and help transform the lives of people suffering from schizophrenia and ADHD. Although, scientifically, the brain is the most studied organ in our body we still know relatively little about it. But that could all change as a result of this research led by Dr Matt Brookes in the Sir Peter Mansfield Magnetic Resonance Centre at The University of Nottingham and published today, September 19 2011, in the prestigious journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences ( PNAS ) of the United States..." 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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