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ADHD in the News - November 23, 2011

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

  1. Shortage Of ADHD Drugs Has Parents, Doctors Scrambling (NPR, November 21, 2011)

    "The scarcity of ADHD medications is a problem faced by an untold number of children and adults with the disorder. For instance, in Chicago, Natalie Smith recently spent hours calling drugstores on behalf of her college-student son Andrew. "Then I had to quickly drive to those pharmacies," Smith told Shots. "A couple were already out when I got there. So it's kind of a game." In Boston, pediatric psychiatrist Joseph Gonzales-Heydrich says the problem requires him and his colleagues to do a lot of creative juggling of drug regimens for young patients who need combinations of drugs in different doses, some short-release, some intermediate- and some extended-release..." Full Story

  2. Antipsychotic drugs tied to diabetes risk in kids (Reuters Health, November 22, 2011)

    "The antipsychotic drugs that are increasingly being used to treat bipolar disorder, autism and other mental disorders in children may come with an increased risk of diabetes, a new study suggests. Previous research has linked the so-called second-generation antipsychotics to an increased risk of diabetes in adults. And there's been some evidence that the drugs can cause weight gain in children. The new findings, published in the journal Pediatrics, add to concerns that the medications may ultimately lead to diabetes in some kids..." Full Story

  3. Understanding ADHD (Calgary Herald, November 17, 2011)

    "Dr. Sam Goldstein, a renowned expert on attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder from the University of Utah school of medicine, works to educate people worldwide about attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, its myths and misconceptions...A doctoral psychologist with areas of specialization in school psychology, child development and neuropsychology, Goldstein sees about 300 patients a year. He's also editor in chief of the Journal of Attention Disorders, a filmmaker and the author of many books including Raising a Self-Disciplined Child. The Herald grabbed a few minutes with Goldstein..." Full Story

  4. Does America Really Have a Problem With Adderall Abuse? (Huffington Post, November 23, 2011)

    "The year was 1971 and the use of marijuana and LSD of San Francisco's "Summer of Love" had metamorphosed into the graffiti messages on the walls of the Haight-Ashbury neighborhood that read "Speed Kills." That year, the federal Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs (the Drug Enforcement Administration's predecessor agency) moved to place amphetamine (Dexedrine) and methylphenidate (Ritalin) as Schedule II controlled substances -- the tightest legal control the government can place on prescription drugs. The amphetamines (methylphenidate is very similar in structure and action to amphetamine) also happen to be the most effective and indicated treatment for attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder or ADHD. Forty years later the benefits and risks of the amphetamines continue to confront our country..." Full Story

  5. CoachingWebsites and The ADD Coach Academy Announce Partnership to Offer Website and Online Resources for ADD Coaches (PRWEB, November 23, 2011)

    "The new partnership between The ADD Coach Academy and CoachingWebsites provides a complimentary suite of educational programs and marketing resources for ADD-specialized Coaches. CoachingWebsites (http://www.CoachingWebsites.com), the authority in delivering professional and effective websites and online solutions, today announced it has partnered with The ADD Coach Academy (ADDCA). The new affiliation allows CoachingWebsites to offer an even greater selection of websites and online marketing solutions for Coaches, and ADDCA graduates will receive exclusive benefits and promotional offers..." Full Story

  6. Business Spotlight: Explanations Helps Kids With Learning Disorders Shine (Mercer Island Patch, November 20, 2011)

    "Dr Cindy Dupuy, a learning disabilities specialist on Mercer Island [WA], is helping kids find their way through ADHD and dyslexia to success in school and life..." Full Story

  7. Attention Talk Radio Presents "Audio Stimulation - Neuroplasticity: Helping ADHD and Autism," with Dr. Ron Minson and Rebecca Goniwich of Integrated Listening Systems (PR.com, November 22, 2011)

    "Host Jeff Copper interviews Dr. Ron Minson of Integrated Listening Systems about how the ILS program impacts neuroplasticity, often overlooked as a form of treatment, and Rebecca Goniwich on how the program helps her manage her own ADHD, as well as her two sons with ADHD and autism...The program will be aired live on Wednesday, November 30, 2011, at 8 pm ET..." Full Story

  8. A Hands on Approach for Pediatric ADHD (Massage Today, December 2011)

    "As 16-year-old Samuel describes it, when you have Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), you can't concentrate on the things you want to focus on...Often times, he says he feels like he has a cloud on top of his head that won't go away...The question for the massage therapy profession is what are the benefits for children with ADHD? Because under stimulation might be a cause, and excess energy is the result, pediatric massage may be a very effective intervention to provide comfort and relief of some the child's symptoms..." 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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