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ADHD in the News - January 19, 2012

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

  1. Pediatricians Split on Heart Tests Before Kids' ADHD Meds (U.S.News & World Report, January 16, 2012)

    "Some pediatricians continue to do electrocardiograms (EKGs) on children before starting them on medication for attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder, new research suggests, even though many experts say the latest evidence shows it isn't really necessary..." Full Story

  2. ADHD Drug Rarely Prompts ECG Screen (MedPage Today, January 16, 2012)

    "Most pediatricians bypass the ECG before starting kids on stimulant medication for attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), a survey suggested. Whereas 93% of pediatricians said they take a routine cardiac history and physical before prescribing, only 15% included an ECG, Laurel K. Leslie, MD, MPH, of Tufts Medical Center in Boston, and colleagues reported..." Full Story

  3. ADD, ADHD sufferers find solace at local support group (Midlothian Exchange, January 13, 2012)

    "Parents and children who experience the symptoms of attention deficit disorder and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder can find answers at the monthly Adventures in ADD support group. The informal gathering will take place on Tuesday at Bon Air Presbyterian Church. The monthly meeting occurs at the site every third Tuesday of the month. The group is a satellite chapter of the national nonprofit organization Children and Adults with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder, or CHADD, and Gordon Junker has been the Central Virginia Region chapter's facilitator since 2001..." Full Story

  4. An Update on ADHD Drug Shortages (Psych Central, January 17, 2012)

    "As Psych Central reported earlier this month, there continues to be a nationwide shortage of medications used to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), but there are signs the situation is improving. Primarily affected are those who use generic versions of name-brand ADHD medications, such as Adderall and Methylin..." Full Story

  5. Lawmakers Call on DEA, Drug Makers to Explain ADHD Drug Shortages (Family Practice News, January 18, 2012)

    "House Democrats have called on the Drug Enforcement Administration and two manufacturers of drugs to treat attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder to explain shortages of medicines to treat the disorder, especially generic versions of the drugs. The request comes amid reports that the drug makers may be manipulating the market to force consumers to purchase brand-name products..." Full Story

  6. Combination Therapy Shows Positive Response for Children With ADHD (Science Daily, January 9, 2012)

    "While pharmacologic agents have a demonstrated efficacy in children with Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), some children have suboptimal response to a single pharmacologic agent. A recent study by Dr. Timothy E. Wilens and colleagues, published in the January 2012 issue of the Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (JAACAP), is the first randomized placebo-controlled trial designed to assess efficacy and safety of guanfacine extended release (GXR) as an adjunct to psychostimulants in children and adolescents diagnosed with ADHD who had a suboptimal response to a psychostimulant alone..." Full Story

  7. Organizing the house for ADHD relief (FOX News, January 19, 2012)

    "If you or a loved one lives with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) there are ways to ease the symptoms while in your home. Dr. Mark Haffey, EdD, director of the Haffey Center for Attention and Memory in Amherst MA, offered up good advice for making your house a place of support for those with ADHD..." Full Story

  8. Activity Program Helps ADHD Kids (Psych Central, January 18, 2012)

    "Although it may seem paradoxical, a new study finds that a structured physical activity program can help children who suffer from attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)...Researchers discovered performing defined physical exercises helped children improve muscular coordination and motor skills, and enhanced their ability to process information. The study is discussed in the recent issue of the Journal of Attention Disorders..." 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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