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ADHD in the News - October 11, 2012

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

  1. Prenatal Mercury Exposure May Be Linked to Risk of ADHD-Related Behaviors; Fish Consumption May Be Linked to Lower Risk (ScienceDaily, October 8, 2012)

    "A study of children in the New Bedford, Mass., area suggests that low-level prenatal mercury exposure may be associated with a greater risk of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)-related behaviors and that fish consumption during pregnancy may be associated with a lower risk of these behaviors, according to a report published Online First by Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine, a JAMA Network publication..." Full Story

  2. Marching to a different beat: ADHD and circadian rhythms (Neurotic Physiology, October 3, 2012)

    "Sometimes, I read a paper, and I'm just suddenly struck by the sheer interconnectedness of the brain. This is one of those papers. Not because of the paper itself, but because when you see the association between one change in the brain (ADHD) and another (circadian rhythm), you can start to intuit other changes that might result from the two systems...And today's paper concerns an association between two brain "systems" that you might think very different: attention, and circadian clock..." Full Story

  3. Attention Disorder or Not, Pills to Help in School (New York Times, October 9, 2012)

    "When Dr. Michael Anderson hears about his low-income patients struggling in elementary school, he usually gives them a taste of some powerful medicine: Adderall. The pills boost focus and impulse control in children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. Although A.D.H.D is the diagnosis Dr. Anderson makes, he calls the disorder "made up" and "an excuse" to prescribe the pills to treat what he considers the children's true ill -- poor academic performance in inadequate schools..." Full Story

  4. Should Children Take ADHD Drugs -- Even If They Don't Have The Disorder? (Forbes, October 9, 2012)

    "The age of a controversy, as anyone in public health can tell you, doesn't necessarily diminish its relevance or the passions it inspires. That's why this piece by Alan Schwarz in the New York Times has yielded some serious angst in many circles. It takes as its center a doctor who, Schwarz writes, prescribes ADHD drugs off-label for children he avers don't have ADHD, saying that because the schools won't do what they should to help low-income kids learn, we "have to modify the kid." This physician, Dr. Michael Anderson, also happens to be among those who dismiss ADHD is a "made-up" disorder, in spite of considerable evidence linking specific gene variants to ADHD and suggesting a large genetic component..." Full Story

  5. OU professor publishes ADHD study (Oklahoma Daily, October 9, 2012)

    "The eight-year study screened more than 10,000 children aged 5 to 13 in two diverse communities in Oklahoma and South Carolina, said Theresa Green, media specialist for University Hospitals Authority & Trust at the OU Health Sciences Center. The team found that more than 10 percent of children in Oklahoma have the disorder, Green said in an email..." Full Story

  6. ADHD Voices from Around the World (PsychCentral, October 10, 2012)

    "It's World Mental Health Day! A perfect opportunity to highlight the fact that approximately 5% of adults globally have ADHD. I'd like to offer a rare opportunity to hear from some of these adults, as they share their (abridged) stories below. Thank you so much to everyone who contributed with such great enthusiasm, honesty and courage. Without further adieu, here are just a few of the many ADHD Voices from Around the World!..." Full Story

  7. Keeping Medications Secret (PsychCentral, October 9, 2012)

    "A recent article in USA Today about the challenges of dealing with ADHD at college suggested students keep their conditions - and their prescriptions - secret from their peers. The reason? Abuse of stimulant medications like Adderall and Ritalin is rampant on college campuses, where the medications are used as "study drugs" and also to provide a boost of energy during long nights of drinking and partying. As a result, students with such prescriptions can find themselves under intense pressure to share or sell their pills. But when students keep their meds a secret from peers, does anyone actually benefit?..." 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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