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ADHD in the News - February 21, 2013

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

  1. Is There a Link Between Childhood Obesity and ADHD, Learning Disabilities? (ScienceDaily, February 19, 2013)

    "A University of Illinois study has established a possible link between high-fat diets and such childhood brain-based conditions as attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and memory-dependent learning disabilities. "We found that a high-fat diet rapidly affected dopamine metabolism in the brains of juvenile mice, triggering anxious behaviors and learning deficiencies. Interestingly, when methylphenidate (Ritalin) was administered, the learning and memory problems went away," said Gregory Freund, a professor in the U of I College of Medicine...The research was published in Psychoneuroendocrinology..." Full Story

  2. ADHD story not the norm (News & Observer, February 16, 2013)

    "The story of Richard Fee, carried Feb. 3 in The News & Observer, tells a sad story of addiction and the failure of our mental health system to adequately care for a young man who fell into a downward spiral that led him to take his life. The story, however, does not depict recommended routine care for people with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, and itís important to put the tragedy in context..." Full Story

  3. Prevention Efforts Focused On Youth Reduce Prescription Abuse Into Adulthood (ScienceDaily, February 14, 2013)

    "Middle school students from small towns and rural communities who received any of three community-based prevention programs were less likely to abuse prescription medications in late adolescence and young adulthood. The research, published recently in the American Journal of Public Health, was funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, and the National Institute of Mental Health, all components of the National Institutes of Health..." Full Story

  4. Baby brains give clues to disorders (HealthDay, February 21, 2013)

    "Using real-time images of brain connections developing in late-stage foetuses, scientists say they've been able for the first time to compare the order and strength of these connections. The research, though very preliminary, might one day lead the way to more effective therapies for brain disorders such as dyslexia, attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and autism, the researchers said..." Full Story

  5. Once ADHD, Always ADHD? (dailyrx.com, February 17, 2013)

    "Early detection of ADHD is important for children. But what happens after diagnosis? Do the children improve? Does medication matter? A recent study attempted to find answers to these questions with a couple hundred kids in a long-term study. The researchers found that the children's symptoms improved a little for the first few years but then leveled off. Over six years, the vast majority of the children still suffered ADHD symptoms, regardless of whether they were taking medication..." Full Story

  6. Latimer: Research in co-existing ADHD/bipolar disorder (Kelowna Capital News, February 16, 2013)

    "Mood instability, racing thoughts, bursts of energy and restlessness, irritability, problems with impulse control and impaired judgment. Sounds like a shopping list of symptoms for bipolar disorder...They are also hallmarks of ADD/ADHD..." Full Story

  7. 70 percent increase in ADHD among black children, study finds (theGrio, February 15, 2013)

    "A recent study by Getahun and colleagues found a 70 percent increase in the number of ADHD diagnoses among African-American children, with a 90 percent increase among African-American girls. This is compared to smaller increases in other groups ó 60 percent among Hispanic youth and 30 percent among white youth. Dr. Richard Gallagher of the Institute for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity and Behavior Disorders at NYU Child Study Center cautions to not be alarmed that there has been a huge jump in the use of the diagnosis of ADHD. In fact, several studies show youth of color have previously been under-diagnosed for ADHD..." Full Story

  8. ADHD & Relationships: 10 Strategies for Overcoming Common Obstacles (PsychCentral, February 15, 2013)

    "Sometimes living with someone who has attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) can present its own challenges...Fortunately, there are many strategies for overcoming these kinds of challenges. Below, [Roberto] Olivardia and [Ari] Tuckman share 10 suggestions..." 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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