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ADHD in the News - January 7, 2011

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

  1. Brain Scans Show Children With ADHD Have Faulty Off-Switch for Mind-Wandering (Science Daily, January 5, 2011)

    "Brain scans of children with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) have shown for the first time why people affected by the condition sometimes have such difficulty in concentrating. The study, funded by the Wellcome Trust, may explain why parents often say that their child can maintain concentration when they are doing something that interests them, but struggles with boring tasks..." Full Story

  2. ADHD stops children being able to switch off daydreaming brain (The Telegraph (UK), January 5, 2011)

    "Researchers found that they physically find it harder to switch off a "default setting" of the brain designed to pass the time when not focused on a task. This means their thoughts are more likely to wander at random or daydream when they should be concentrating..." Full Story

  3. Study tying vaccine to autism was fraud, report says (Associated Press, January 5, 2011)

    "The first study to link a childhood vaccine to autism was based on doctored information about the children involved, according to a new report on the widely discredited research..." Full Story

  4. Get Some Sleep: ADHD, sleep disorders often entwined (CNN Health, January 4, 2011)

    "The young mother looked tired and sad, and when she started to speak, her voice quivered with frustration: "I don't know what we're doing here. Jimmy sleeps fine. It's the other 14 hours of the day that's the problem." The reason she was there in my sleep center was because her 6-year-old son, Jimmy, was being evaluated for ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder). Her astute pediatrician was up on the latest research that shows an association between sleep disorders in school-age children and behavior disorders such as ADHD. The sleep disorder that has been studied the most in this regard is obstructive sleep apnea, or OSA..." Full Story

  5. Untreated ADHD common in male convicts (PhysOrg.com, January 4, 2011)

    "Men serving long prison sentences surprisingly often have a history of unrecognised and untreated ADHD, despite having had considerable problems since childhood. This according to a recent study published by a team of researchers from Karolinska Institutet in the scientific journal BMC Psychiatry..." Full Story

  6. Authorities Often Aware of Previous Incidents of Victimization Among Children and Adolescents, Report Finds (ScienceDaily, January 3, 2011)

    "Almost half of U.S. youth who experience violence, abuse or crime have had at least one of their victimizations known to school, police or medical authorities, according to a report in the January issue of Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine, one of the JAMA/Archives journals..." Full Story

  7. Anti-Bullying Program Reduces Kids' Gossip (PsychCentral, January 4, 2011)

    "A new study discovers elementary school students who participated in a three-month anti-bullying program showed a 72 percent decrease in malicious gossip. The study, led by the University of Washington, is the first to show that the widely used Steps to Respect bullying prevention program can curb children's gossip, an element of playground culture often seen as harmless but capable of causing real harm..." Full story 

  8. How to manage your marriage when your spouse has ADHD (Washington Post, January 2, 2011)

    "The constant bickering was only the beginning of Fong's and John's marital problems. John was angry, explosively so. She'd ask him to do something, and then later, her husband of 32 years would deny that she ever did. They both knew he wasn't paying attention..." Full Story

  9. Lamar student finds middle school teachers want more ADHD training (beaumontenterprise.com, December 30, 2010)

    "Lamar University student Beverly Paris recently surveyed regular-education middle school teachers at local school districts to assess the level of training they received to deal with students with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder..."The biggest consensus overall was that many of them basically got either no training or between one and five hours," said Paris, 42, who was diagnosed with ADHD herself in 2008..." 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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