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ADHD in the News - September 27, 2012

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

  1. Kids Exposed to Mercury or Lead More Likely to Experience Attention Deficit (Scientific American, September 21, 2012)

    "The study--of Inuit children in Arctic Quebec--is the first to find a high rate of attention-deficit symptoms in children highly exposed to mercury in the womb. In addition, the Inuit children more often had hyperactivity symptoms if they were exposed to the same low levels of lead commonly found in young U.S. children..." Full Story

  2. How schools (even great ones) fail kids with ADHD (Washington Post, September 24, 2012)

    "ADHD...is a brain condition that makes it especially hard for children to focus and concentrate in school and has a number of other symptoms. It is too often misunderstood by teachers, parents and even the students themselves...Here is a powerful post by David Bernstein, a nonprofit executive who lives in Gaithersburg, Md., writing about the difficulties that his two sons, ages 7 and 15, have confronted in school as a result of ADHD..." Full Story

  3. Heading to college with ADHD brings extra challenges (WBIR-TV, September 22, 2012)

    "Jeni Bridges is an expert in what it takes to get through college with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. After all, she had nine years to practice. Bridges says it took her that long to get her degree because she wasn't sure what she wanted to do when she grew up. She would impulsively switch majors -- and even schools -- to indulge her latest passion. That's classic ADHD behavior, college guidance counselors say..." Full Story

  4. My kid might have ADHD. Who can I trust to examine him? (The Globe and Mail, September 20, 2012)

    "The question: My child's teachers think he may have ADHD. Our family physician knows him best, but always refers these problems to a specialist. How can we trust a stranger will make a proper diagnosis? The answer: If your child's teacher is concerned, then further evaluation is certainly justified, and the sooner the better..." Full Story

  5. Early diagnosis key in treating ADHD (Daily Herald, September 24, 2012)

    "When Ellen Mejias got the call from her daughter's first-grade teacher, she couldn't believe it. Sure, Hailey, then 6, wasn't one to sit quietly at home with a book. But her teacher's suspicion that she might have a real problem like attention-deficit-hyperactivity disorder seemed far-fetched to this mother of six. So Mejias sat in on Hailey's first-grade class..." Full Story

  6. An Attention Challenges Simulation will be held on Saturday October 27th from 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. (MELODIKA.net, September 26, 2012)

    "...at the Stowell Learning Center, 15192 Central Ave., Chino, CA 91710. The purpose of the simulation is for participants to experience, first-hand, the daily challenges facing children with AD/HD. This is a fun, but eye-opening experience that can help anyone working with children with attention problems to better understand and help remove or at least diminish the frustration these children feel..." Full Story

  7. Health minister sidesteps worries that ADHD drugs are harming children (thespec.com, September 26, 2012)

    "Health Minister Leona Aglukkaq is defending Health Canada in the wake of a Star investigation that found children on attention deficit drugs may be suffering worrisome side effects. Aglukkaq signaled no plans to change procedures, despite a chorus of concerns that Canadians need to be better informed about reports of side effects caused by their prescription drugs. Instead, she says parents worried about the potential side effects attention deficit drugs have on their children should be talking more to their doctors and checking Health Canada's website..." Full Story

  8. ADHD drugs suspected of hurting Canadian kids (Toronto Star, September 26, 2012)

    "A Toronto Star investigation has found a growing number of doctors, nurses, pharmacists and parents are reporting that they believe attention deficit drugs are causing major health problems in patients, many as young as 6 and 7 years old. The federal government is not listening. Health Canada, which collects these adverse reaction reports, does not alert the public to the magnitude of these side effects. This is because the regulator has not analyzed the data it collects. It has allowed the industry to largely police itself..." Full Story

  9. Reporting science - Journalistic deficit disorder (The Economist, September 22, 2012)

    "What newspapers don't say matters as much as what they do...IF ALL the stories in the newspapers claiming that a cure for cancer is just around the corner were true, the dread disease would have been history long ago. Sadly, it isn't. But though some publications do have a well-deserved reputation for exaggeration in this area, many of these reports are at least based on respectable research published in peer-reviewed journals...Dr Gonon, a neurobiologist, looked not at cancer but at another disease that gets a lot of coverage in the press, attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (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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