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ADHD in the News - February 2, 2012

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

  1. Can Anesthesia Raise the Risk of ADHD? (TIME, February 2, 2012)

    "Any surgery involves risks, but the hazards for the youngest patients going under the knife may be more lasting than doctors had thought. In a study involving 5,357 children born in Rochester, Minn., scientists found that children who had had two or more surgeries by the time they were 2 were twice as likely to be diagnosed with ADHD by the time they were 19, compared with youngsters who had had only one surgical procedure..." Full Story

  2. Patients' brains may adapt to ADHD medication (Medical Xpress, February 2, 2012)

    "New research reveals how the brain appears to adapt to compensate for the effects of long-term ADHD medication, suggesting why ADHD medication is more effective short-term than it is long-term. The study, from the Institute of Psychiatry (IoP) at King's College London is published today in the American Journal of Psychiatry..." Full Story

  3. Why "Ritalin Gone Wrong" Is Wrong (Huffington Post, January 31, 2012)

    "On Sunday, Jan. 29th, the New York Times fired a shot across the bow of every parent of a child who's taking stimulant medications for ADHD. A piece in the Times' Sunday Review section claimed that there is no evidence that medication helps kids with ADHD after an initial couple of years, and, worse, that ADHD is the result of abusive or even garden-variety bad parenting. The piece, by L. Alan Sroufe, a psychology professor emeritus at the University of Minnesota, was such a broad assault on what we know about ADHD, and how it is affected by medications like Ritalin and Adderall, that it deserves point-by-point response..." Full Story

  4. Dr. Hallowell's Response to NY Times Piece "Ritalin Gone Wrong." (DrHallowell.com, January 31, 2012)

    "Regarding the opinion piece "Ritalin Gone Wrong" written by Alan Sroufe, Ph.D., (NY Times, Jan. 29, 2012): As is usually the case when the use of stimulant medications like Ritalin makes it into mainstream media, the piece pushed emotional hot-buttons in a way that would scare the daylights out of uninformed readers and lead them to avoid ever using such medications or allowing their children to, thereby giving up on a class of medications with enormous potential benefits. Let me offer a different point of view..." Full Story

  5. Ritalin Gone Wrong (New York Times, January 28, 2012)

    "THREE million children in this country take drugs for problems in focusing. Toward the end of last year, many of their parents were deeply alarmed because there was a shortage of drugs like Ritalin and Adderall that they considered absolutely essential to their children's functioning. But are these drugs really helping children? Should we really keep expanding the number of prescriptions filled?..." Full Story

  6. Everblade keeps his ADHD in check (The News-Press, January 27, 2012)

    "Affected by attention deficit hyperactivity disorder as a youth, Blades defenseman Scott Fletcher found hockey to be perfectly suited to his personality. Libby Fletcher said she should've known the type of boy her son Scott would become when neighbors said he couldn't play with their children because "he was too physical." The neighbor kids were 9 and 12. Scott was 2. Scott Fletcher's active nature - and battle with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder - made him a handful to take care of. Now it's Fletcher's foes who find the Florida Everblades' defenseman a handful..." Full Story

  7. Champions of Autism & ADHD Launches Free Monthly Webinar Series - Monday, February 13, 2012, 12:00-1:00 p.m. CST (PRWeb, February 1, 2012)

    "The first Webinar presentation, titled Early Identification of Autism, will describe the early social-communication characteristics of Autism. Families who are learning about or living with Autism and/or ADHD are desperate for information and resources to help them understand these disabilities and improve the quality of life for their child. This online series provides easy access to those from their home or office, especially those who live in areas that lack programs and services for Autism and ADHD..." Full Story

  8. FDA Panel Raises Concerns Over ADHD Drug Labeling(Medscape Medical News, February 2, 2012)

    "During a meeting with its Pediatric Advisory Committee this week, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recommended adding angioedema and anaphylaxis to the Contraindications and Postmarketing sections of the label for the attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) drug dexmethylphenidate hydrochloride (Focalin and Focalin XR, Novartis). The committee concurred with the recommendation..." 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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