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ADHD in the News - January 27, 2011

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  1. Excitable Rat Brain Linked to Risky Teen Behavior (Psych Central, January 27, 2011)

    "Using a rat model, behavioral scientists are examining brain activity that could explain why adolescents are more vulnerable to drug addiction, behavioral disorders, and other psychological ills..." Full story

  2. Report: Mercury From Power Plants A Health Threat (KSAT 12 News (ABC), January 26, 2011)

    "SAN ANTONIO -- The environmental activist group Environment Texas released a report titled "Dirty Energy's Assault on our Health: Mercury." The report claims that Texas' reliance on coal-fired power plants makes the state one of the worst when it comes to mercury pollution. Mercury is a public health hazard, known to cause problems, primarily in children..." Full story

  3. Measure would impose required physical activity times (NBC11news.com, January 25, 2011)

    "A measure working its way through the Colorado Legislature hopes to make a minimum amount of physical activity, in grade school, a law..." Full story

  4. Tufts settles suit against doctor in girl's death for $2.5m (Boston Globe, January 25, 2011)

    "Lawyers for the estate of 4-year-old Rebecca Riley announced last night that they have settled their medical malpractice lawsuit against the girl's psychiatrist, Dr. Kayoko Kifuji of Tufts Medical Center, for $2.5 million...Rebecca's parents, Carolyn and Michael Riley, were convicted last year in separate trials of murdering their daughter through their reckless dispensing of the drugs used for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and bipolar illness..." Full story

  5. Mother raising awareness for autism (The Emporia Gazette, January 25, 2011)

    "Parenting is a challenging job, but with children with special needs it becomes even more challenging..." Full story

  6. Making ADHD Teens Better Drivers (University at Buffalo, January 24, 2011)

    "A University at Buffalo researcher's work with a state-of-the-art driving simulator is making better drivers among those considered to be the most risky motorists on the road: teens with ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder)..." Full story

  7. The Benefits of Group Games for Children with Attention Deficit Disorders (Bright Hub, January 23, 2011)

    "Children with attention deficit disorders greatly benefit from the life skills which are necessary in many group games. Read on to learn about some of the best group games for children with attention deficit disorders and how they help..." Full story

  8. New Brain Imaging Studies Pinpoint Attention Deficit Circuits (Columbia University, January 21, 2011)

    "Studies like this, using new sophisticated techniques in brain imaging, have now allowed Brad Peterson, MD, one of the country's leading ADHD researchers, to pinpoint the circuits in the brain that cause ADHD and the circuits that are targeted by ADHD medications. The findings appear in a series of papers published in the last year..." Full story

  9. Mindfulness Meditation Training Changes Brain Structure in Eight Weeks (ScienceDaily, January 21, 2011)

    "Participating in an 8-week mindfulness meditation program appears to make measurable changes in brain regions associated with memory, sense of self, empathy and stress. In a study that will appear in the January 30 issue of Psychiatry Research: Neuroimaging, a team led by Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) researchers report the results of their study, the first to document meditation-produced changes over time in the brain's grey matter..." 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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