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ADHD in the News - February 16, 2012

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

  1. 15 ADHD-Friendly Tips to Fire Up Your Focus (Psych Central, February 15, 2012)

    "An inability to focus is a prominent symptom of ADHD. While you can't fully control your capability to pay attention, you can find strategies that help you sustain it. Here are 15 tips to try..." Full Story

  2. Adult ADHD Leads to Social and Health Problems (dailyRx.com, February 14, 2012)

    "Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is the most common psychiatric condition in children. Many believe that the symptoms of ADHD are likely to go away with age - but a new study claims otherwise..." Full Story

  3. Mixed Results for ADHD Meds and Cardiovascular Risk (Medscape, February 14, 2012)

    "Although adults prescribed the attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) medication methylphenidate may be at increased risk for adverse cardiovascular events, this association may not be causal, new research suggests. In a cohort study of almost 220,000 individuals, new users of methylphenidate had almost twice the risk for sudden death or ventricular arrhythmia than age-matched control participants had. They also had a significantly higher risk for all-cause death. However, the medication dosage "was inversely associated with risk," meaning it lacked a dose-response relationship, report the investigators..." Full Story

  4. What's New? Exuberance for Novelty Has Benefits (New York Times, February 13, 2012)

    "Do you make decisions quickly based on incomplete information? Do you lose your temper quickly? Are you easily bored? Do you thrive in conditions that seem chaotic to others, or do you like everything well organized? Those are the kinds of questions used to measure novelty-seeking, a personality trait long associated with trouble. As researchers analyzed its genetic roots and relations to the brain's dopamine system, they linked this trait with problems like attention deficit disorder, compulsive spending and gambling, alcoholism, drug abuse and criminal behavior. Now, though, after extensively tracking novelty-seekers, researchers are seeing the upside. In the right combination with other traits, it's a crucial predictor of well-being..." Full Story

  5. Why Prescription Drug Addiction Is Growing Among Teens (MyHealthNewsDaily, February 15, 2012)

    "By the time Jessica McDonald was 13, she had already started drinking, smoking marijuana and using Adderall -- a stimulant used to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder -- to get high. Physically abused by her father and feeling aimless, the Corona, Calif., girl quickly became an addict, racking up five DUI convictions while high on Xanax, an anti-anxiety drug...In many ways, McDonald's story is timeless. But her drugs of choice -- prescription pills -- highlight an increasingly pervasive problem among U.S. teenagers, who are abusing such medications in record numbers. Nearly 8 percent of youths ages 12 to 17 reported using prescription drugs for nonmedical reasons in 2010, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)..." Full Story

  6. Shire Announces Judges Panel for Scholarship Program for Individuals with ADHD (EON: Enhanced Online News, February 14, 2012)

    "The judging panel includes representatives from ADHD and mental illness advocacy organizations, as well as leading physicians in pediatric, adolescent and adult psychiatry professional organizations. The Shire ADHD Scholarship Program will award fifty scholarships in 2012. In 2011, the program awarded twenty-five scholarships..." Full Story

  7. A Western Diet High in Sugars and Fat Could Contribute to ADHD (The Atlantic, February 11 2012)

    "While there doesn't seem to be any one particular diet that works to treat the symptoms of ADHD in children, a review of the research on various dietary regimens suggests that plain old healthy eating may work the best..." Full Story

  8. Treating Kid's Sleep Apnea May Improve Behavior (Medpage Today, February 10, 2012)

    "Using positive airway pressure (PAP) to treat obstructive sleep apnea in children and teens appears to improve neurobehavioral outcomes, even with suboptimal adherence, researchers found. After three months, PAP was associated with gains in symptoms of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), sleepiness, behavior, and quality of life (P=0.005 for all), according to Carole Marcus, MBBCh, of the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, 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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