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ADHD in the News - February 9, 2012

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

  1. Stimulant treatment for ADHD not associated with increased risk of cardiac events in youth (Medical Xpress, February 8, 2012)

    "Amidst growing concern over the risks of stimulant use in youth, a study by Dr. Mark Olfson of the New York State Psychiatric Institute and Columbia University, and his colleagues, published in the February 2012 issue of the Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, assessed the risk of adverse cardiovascular events in children and adolescents without known heart conditions treated with stimulants for ADHD. It is one of the largest studies to date focusing primarily on youth while controlling for pre-existing cardiovascular risk factors..." Full Story

  2. New York Times Article Blames Parents for ADHD (CHADD Leadership Blog, February 7, 2012)

    "A week ago the New York Times published an article by Alan Sroufe, "Ritalin Gone Wrong," that questions the need for medication in the treatment of ADHD. Even worse, the author claims that parents and environmental stressors are the major causative factor in ADHD. A firestorm of reaction, both positive and negative, has uncovered some deep rifts in our public understanding of ADHD. There are those who are jumping on the bandwagon and decrying families that think a pill is all that is necessary to help a child with problems. (I don't know any families like this, but I'm sure there must be one somewhere.) And there is the ADHD scientific and advocacy community, who are appalled that information so flawed would appear in the New York Times..." Full Story

  3. ADHD's Toll Goes Far Beyond Cost of Medical Care (Psychiatric News, February 03, 2012)

    "Could ADHD be ailing our economy? That was the question addressed by researchers and mental health advocates at a November 30, 2011, congressional briefing on the societal and workplace impact of untreated attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). According to new research presented at the event, ADHD cost the U.S. economy between $143 billion and $266 billion in 2010, or roughly $2,000 per household..." Full Story

  4. FDA Okays Shire's ADHD Drug Vyvanse for Maintenance Therapy in Adults (GEN News, February 8, 2012)

    "FDA cleared Shire's Vyvanse® (lisdexamfetamine dimesylate) capsules as a maintenance therapy for adult patients with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Approval was based on data from a Phase IV placebo-controlled withdrawal design study in 123 adult patients who met DSM-IV-TR criteria for ADHD. Participants had all previously been receiving Vyvanse for at least six months, and demonstrated treatment response according to ADHD Rating Scale IV, and Clinical Global I impressions-Severity (CGI-S) scores..." Full Story

  5. ADHD Drugs on Critical List as Medication Shortages Soar (Psychiatric News, February 3, 2012)

    "The FDA is battling widespread and increasing drug shortages, but the lack of drugs used to treat ADHD may have unique etiologies..." Full Story

  6. ADHD medicine shortage frustrating patients, parents(Philadelphia Inquirer, February 5, 2012)

    "Trish Luberda makes her living as an education consultant and advocate for people with special needs. But those credentials have been of little use in a crisis closer to home, as she has tried desperately to get her hands on the medication that two of her daughters, ages 11 and 17, need to manage their attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). In recent months, Luberda has made scores of calls to find pharmacies with the medicine in stock. Once she drove more than 40 miles to get prescriptions filled. She has lost income and time from work and borrowed pills from one child to tide over the other, hoping the next refill would come in time..." Full Story

  7. Program Puts Smackdown on Bullying (MedPage Today, February 6, 2012)

    "An integrated program to encourage respectful student behavior in schools reduced the number of teacher-reported bullying incidents and the prevalence of peer rejection, researchers said. In a randomized trial conducted in 37 Maryland public schools, students in elementary schools participating in the program were significantly less like to experience verbal teasing and threats, as well as physical violence from other children as reported by teachers, according to Catherine P. Bradshaw, PhD, of Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in Baltimore, and colleagues..." 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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