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ADHD in the News - February 17, 2011

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

  1. Abnormal Control of Hand Movements May Hint at ADHD Severity in Children (Science Daily, February 15, 2011)

    "Two research studies published February 14 in Neurology®, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology, found markers for measuring the ability of children with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) to control impulsive movements, which may reveal insights into the neurobiology of ADHD, inform prognosis and guide treatments..." Full Story

  2. Attention Deficit: Hand Movements Could Be Sign of Severity (MyHealthNewsDaily, February 14, 2011)

    "Measuring how well children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) can control their hand movements could help to gauge the severity of their disorder, a new study suggests. Children with ADHD were twice as likely to have a hard time keeping their right hand completely still while tapping the fingers of their left hand, compared with kids without the disorder, said study researcher Dr. Donald L. Gilbert, of Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center..." Full Story

  3. Energy Drink Ingredients Provide No Health Benefit and Make Children Sick (Bloomberg.com, February 14, 2011)BR>
    "Energy drinks like Red Bull and Monster Energy have levels of caffeine that may be harmful to children who consume them often, a study showed. Some of the ingredients in the drinks are understudied and not regulated, according to a review of previous research and surveys in the March issue of the journal Pediatrics. Children with diabetes, mood disorders and heart, kidney or liver diseases may have reactions including heart palpitations, seizures, cardiac arrest or even death, the authors said..." Full Story

  4. Health at birth tied to ADHD risk (Reuters, February 11, 2011)

    "A baby's health in the first minutes after birth may be linked to his or her risk of developing attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) later on, a new study suggests. The findings, reported in the Journal of Pediatrics, suggest that the so-called Apgar score assigned to all newborns in the first five minutes of life may give some hint of a child's future risk of ADHD, a condition that involves attention problems and impulsive behavior..." Full Story

  5. Kids With ADHD Much More Likely to Develop Substance Abuse Problems as They Age, Study Finds (ScienceDaily, February 12, 2011)

    "Children with attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder are two to three times more likely than children without the disorder to develop serious substance abuse problems in adolescence and adulthood, according to a study by UCLA psychologists and colleagues at the University of South Carolina..." Full Story

  6. Diet and ADHD: Anything new? (The Pediatric Insider, February 12, 2011)

    (Blog) "The Lancet has published another terrible, worthless study guaranteed to confuse parents..." Full Story

  7. Helping the Teenager With A.D.H.D. (New York Times, February 16, 2011)

    "Millions of people suffer from attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, or A.D.H.D., many of them teenagers who face problems in school. Here, Dr. Russell A. Barkley, clinical professor of psychiatry at the Medical University of South Carolina and author of ?Your Defiant Teen? and other books, responds to concerns from parents of teenagers with A.D.H.D..." Full Story

  8. Men, Women and A.D.H.D. (New York Times, February 11, 2011)

    "Do men and women exhibit different symptoms of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, or A.D.H.D.? What about boys and girls? These are among the questions recently posed by readers of the Consults blog. Dr. Russell A. Barkley, clinical professor of psychiatry at the Medical University of South Carolina and author, most recently, of 'Taking Charge of Adult A.D.H.D.,' responds to one reader whose wife has a 'whopping case' of A.D.H.D..." Full Story

  9. Can You Outgrow A.D.H.D.? Or Get It as an Adult? (New York Times, February 10, 2011)

    "If you have attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, or A.D.H.D., as a child, do symptoms ease with age? Can you have adult-onset A.D.H.D.? These are among the questions recently posed by readers of the Consults blog..." Full Story

  10. Coaches help beat ADHD (Seattle Times, February 10, 2011)

    "Once on his own at college, though, Wisniowski, now 21, struggled. Things that took his classmates an hour to finish would take him four, and at the eleventh hour...So the school's disability services referred him to the Edge Foundation, a Seattle-based nonprofit that matches ADHD students with coaches who, through weekly meetings by phone or Skype, teach them the skills to make college worth the money and time..." Full Story

  11. Behavioral Problems Linked to Cortisol Levels: Study Finds Intervention Needed as Soon as Behavioral Problems Appear (ScienceDaily, February 10, 2011)

    "Cortisol, the so-called stress hormone, seems to behave in contradictory ways in children...Researchers at Concordia University and the Centre for Research in Human Development may have resolved the cortisol paradox. In a groundbreaking study published in the journal Hormones and Behavior, they link cortisol levels not simply to behavior problems, but to the length of time individuals have experienced behavior problems..." Full Story

  12. BU professor undertakes New Bedford-wide public health study (SouthCoastToday.com, February 13, 2011)

    "A Boston University professor is spearheading a three-year, wide-ranging public health study of the city's population that will look for trends and patterns of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder ? commonly referred to as ADHD ? and cardiovascular disease amid a confluence of health factors, ranging from urban pollution to personal dieting..." Full Story

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