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ADHD in the News - January 24, 2013

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

  1. ADHD Diagnosis Rate In Kids Up Nearly 25 Percent: Study (Huffington Post, January 22, 2013)

    "New research suggests the rate at which children are being diagnosed with attention hyperactivity disorder has increased by nearly 25 percent in the last decade for reasons that remain largely unknown...The findings, which were published online in JAMA Pediatrics on Monday, were based on nearly 850,000 electronic health records of 5- to 11-year-olds treated at Kaiser Permanente Southern California. The incidence of newly diagnosed ADHD cases increased from 2.5 percent in 2001 to 3.1 percent in 2010, which represents a relative increase of nearly 25 percent..." Full Story

  2. Marked Jump in ADHD Diagnoses (Medscape News, January 21, 2013)

    "Rates of childhood diagnoses of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) increased markedly in the United States during the last decade, new research shows...The study also revealed "disproportionately high ADHD diagnosis rates among white children and notable increases among black girls." Full Story

  3. Sharp Rise in Emergency Department Visits Involving ADHD Medications (Newswise, January 24, 2013)

    "A new report shows that the number of emergency department visits involving attention deficit /hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) stimulant medications more than doubled from 13,379 visits in 2005 to 31,244 in 2010. The study by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) finds that the greatest rates of increase in emergency department visits involving ADHD stimulant medications occurred among those aged 18 and older, while the level among those under 18 remained largely unchanged during this period..." Full Story

  4. ADHD drugs may slow growth and delay puberty in teenage boys (Digital Journal, January 22, 2013)

    "Could ADHD stimulant drugs be slowing your son's growth or delaying his pubertal development? A new study suggests this may be the case. The study, published in The Medical Journal of Australia, investigated the growth and attainment of puberty in boys with ADHD who were taking stimulant medication. Sixty-five boys aged 12 to 16 who were taking ADHD stimulants for at least three years were compared against 174 similarly aged boys who did not have ADHD (referred to as 'healthy controls')..." Full Story

  5. Genetic Sampling to Confirm ADHD? (PsychCentral, January 22, 2013)

    "A provocative new thesis by a Spanish researcher suggests a new genotyping tool can help to confirm a diagnosis of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), predict how it will evolve, and help to select the most suitable pharmacological treatment. Alaitz Molano, a graduate in biochemistry with a Ph.D. in pharmacology studied how genetic polymorphisms (variations in the DNA sequence between different individuals) are associated with ADHD..." Full Story

  6. District Not Required to Serve Private School Student With ADHD (Education Week, January 18, 2013)

    "A school district is under no obligation under a federal disability-rights law to provide special education services to a Maryland student enrolled exclusively in a private religious school, a federal appeals court has ruled. A three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit, in Richmond, Va., held unanimously that the Baltimore city school district did not have to provide services to a student with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder who attends a yeshiva..." 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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