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ADHD in the News - January 5, 2012

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

  1. Study pinpoints Ritalin's influence (University of Wisconsin-Madison News, January 5, 2012)

    "Millions of individuals diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) are helped by methylphenidate, the stimulant better known as Ritalin. Now researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison have pinpointed the area of the brain in which Ritalin does its work..." Full Story)

  2. Mom's Poverty, Diabetes Might Raise ADHD Risk in Kids (HealthDay, January 2, 2012)

    "New research suggests that the combination of poverty and having diabetes during pregnancy significantly raises the risk of attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in a woman's offspring. Children born to such moms are as much as 14 times more likely to have ADHD by the age of 6, the study found..." Full Story

  3. Adderall Shortage Shows Little Sign Of Easing As Demand Climbs (Huffington Post, January 1, 2012)

    "A shortage of Adderall, which is used to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, shows little sign of easing as manufacturers struggle to get enough active ingredient to make the drug and demand climbs..." Full Story

  4. F.D.A. Finds Short Supply of Attention Deficit Drugs (New York Times, December 31, 2011)

    "Medicines to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder are in such short supply that hundreds of patients complain daily to the Food and Drug Administration that they are unable to find a pharmacy with enough pills to fill their prescriptions. The shortages are a result of a troubled partnership between drug manufacturers and the Drug Enforcement Administration, with companies trying to maximize their profits and drug enforcement agents trying to minimize abuse by people, many of them college students, who use the medications to get high or to stay up all night..." Full Story

  5. Advocates, experts call for more attention to bullying of special needs-students (The Baltimore Sun, December 29, 2011)

    "Special-education advocates are calling for the state to do more to address the bullying of disabled students, saying that a recent lawsuit against the city school system highlights the long-lasting harm that harassment can do to such children. Experts want officials to strengthen Maryland's anti-bullying laws to provide more detailed rules for educators to follow in reporting incidents and more scrutiny in situations that involve sometimes-fragile students..." Full Story

  6. Comparing Childhood Mental Illnesses (DailyRx, January 4, 2011)

    "When do mental illnesses start to display symptoms? A recent study shed light on the prevalence of psychiatric disorders in children, and the differences between the United States and [Norway]. Available through the Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, a recent study into thousands of preschoolers identifies traits of common psychiatric disorders in young children..." Full Story

  7. Exercise in school, ADHD, and dementia (ABC News, January 2, 2012)

    "In medical headlines, how children's physical activities could impact learning, a hormone linked to dementia in women and, the status of ADHD drugs for children..." 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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