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ADHD in the News - December 1, 2011

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

  1. Kids With ADHD Have Distinct Brain Patterns (WebMD, November 28, 2011)

    "Children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) process visual information differently than children without the disorder, preliminary research shows. By finding distinct patterns of activity in the brains of children with ADHD, researchers hope to someday develop an early test for the disorder. The findings were presented here at the annual meeting of the Radiological Society of North America..." Full Story

  2. Functional Brain Pathways Disrupted in Children with ADHD (PR Newswire, November 28, 2011)

    "Using functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI), researchers have identified abnormalities in the brains of children with attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) that may serve as a biomarker for the disorder, according to a study presented today at the annual meeting of the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA)..." Full Story

  3. URI Research Shows Medications Help College Students with ADHD (GoLocalProv Health Team, November 30, 2011)

    "College students with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) who take a prostimulant medication can improve attention and organization and planning skills, according to results of the first study to look at the medical treatment of ADHD among this population, according to a study from URI and Lehigh University in Pennsylvania. This is important news since a recent report found one in 20 college freshmen were diagnosed with ADHD in 2010..." Full Story

  4. Basal Ganglia Studies and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) (Decoded Science, November 27, 2011)

    "A consensus of opinion exists among the scientific community that ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder) is a biological condition resulting from varying, yet scientifically undefined, neurological dysfunctions. Traditionally, the majority of research results suggest that a region of the brain known as the pre-frontal cortex, situated behind the forehead, controls many of the behaviors and traits associated with ADHD, given that the anterior part of the brain is associated with executive functions: problem solving, attention, reasoning, planning, and decision making - cognitive functions noticeably impaired in those with ADHD. However, gradually, with the aid of neuroimaging techniques, neurologists and neuroscientists have been able to map additional neural mechanisms responsible for ADHD symptoms more accurately..." Full Story

  5. How Genetics and Age Change Attention Disorders (dailyRX.com, November 28, 2011)

    "So what exactly is ADHD? And what, if anything, is the difference between ADHD in childhood and ADHD in adulthood? A study review released this week by the journal Molecular Psychiatry attempts to answer this question in scientific detail. Observing many past studies, the review analyzes everything from genetics to adopted relatives to examine the intricacies of ADHD. Thirteen doctors and researchers from three continents came together to administer this review, citing the work of over 250 past studies and research reports. Although the review covered details of ADHD in its entirety, it was focused on the maturation of ADHD into adulthood..." Full Story

  6. ADHD and Menopause: What You Need to Know and What You Can Do (PsychCentral, November 29, 2011)

    "It's hard enough having attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). But if you're a woman going through perimenopause or menopause, you might find it getting even harder. Diminishing estrogen levels can actually exacerbate symptoms, and for some women, the decline is sudden and dramatic. Hormonal fluctuations affect our brain's biochemistry and thereby ADHD symptoms, according to Dr. Patricia Quinn, M.D., a developmental pediatrician and director of the National Center for Girls and Women with AD/HD..." Full Story

  7. STRATEGIES TO TURN A D D INTO AN ASSET (Community Magazine, December 2011)

    "Over the last several years, many professionals have been exploring the ways in which ADD (Attention Deficit Syndrome) can actually help people become highly successful, rather than hindering them. This was in fact a theme of this publication's August 2011 cover article, "Attention Deficit Hyperactive... Aptitude". And when we consider the many famous people throughout history who purportedly had ADD, such as Albert Einstein, Frank Lloyd Wright, Vincent Van Gogh, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, and Abraham Lincoln, it becomes quite plausible to imagine that ADD really can be leveraged into an advantage. So what made these people such huge successes, when ADD seems to make life difficult for so many others? What's the secret?.." Full Story

  8. Colleges warn more students abusing stimulants (Bangor News, November 29, 2011)

    "For more than two decades, college students have illegally taken prescription stimulants such as Ritalin and Adderall to stay awake and hyper-focused while studying. As sales of medications for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder soar, administrators worry that illegal use also is increasing..." 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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