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ADHD in the News - March 1, 2012

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

  1. Impulsive Kids Play More Video Games, and Kids Who Play More Video Games May Become More Impulsive (ScienceDaily, February 23, 2012)

    "Impulsive children with attention problems tend to play more video games, while kids in general who spend lots of time video gaming may also develop impulsivity and attention difficulties, according to new research published by the American Psychological Association..." Full Story

  2. A Delicate Brain: Ethical and Practical Considerations for the Use of Medications in Very Young Children (Psychiatric Times, February 28, 2012)

    "The debate is growing. Amidst federal inquiries into financial ties to pharmaceutical companies by researchers, decreasing interface between academic institutions and pharmaceutical companies, and decreasing research funding available from the NIH, the use of psychotropic medications--particularly atypical antipsychotics and stimulants--remains mired in controversy...Our youngest and most vulnerable children--those with significant mental health concerns for whom psychotropic medications are prescribed--are most affected by this controversy..." Full Story

  3. Chemical exposures cause child IQ losses that rival major diseases (Environmental Health News, February 24, 2012)

    "Three common environmental chemicals--lead, organophosphate pesticides and methylmercury--may have effects on children's IQ in the overall population to the impacts of major medical conditions such as preterm birth or ADHD--two of the most prevalent in U.S. children. The finding from this reanalysis of published data hints that the societal toll of exposures to these invisible yet widespread contaminants--lead, organophosphate pesticides and methylmercury--may be more severe than what previous studies of individual risk would suggest..." Full Story

  4. Canines Contribute to Health (New University, February 28, 2012)

    "Assistant clinical professor of pediatrics and UC Irvine alumna Sabrina Schuck has been conducting research with therapy dogs and young children in order to find evidentiary support for the idea and anecdotes that dogs are good for children with ADHD. Engaged in a $2.2 million study at the UC Irvine Child Development Center, Schuck wants to see if the benefits of pet-assisted therapy can improve the social skills of children with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder..." Full Story

  5. When it's Hard to Concentrate - ADHD spending on the rise (dailyRX, February 28, 2012)

    "In our modern world of cell phones, computers and mobile devices, it's hard enough to concentrate. Add a genetic predisposition to attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), and you might find yourself using medication to keep you focused. If you do, you're not alone. In an observational study that spanned almost ten years, researchers found some interesting trends among how many people are using pharmaceuticals to treat ADHD and how much those drugs cost..." Full Story

  6. Notre Dame College program helps students with learning disabilities thrive in higher-education setting (Cleveland.com, February 25, 2012)

    "Notre Dame's Academic Support Center offers intensive one-on-one services. Students are tutored at least four hours a week by adults with professional degrees, meet with learning specialists and are offered career services and help with time management and study and organizational skills..." Full Story

  7. Special education network helps parents (East Valley Tribune [Tempe, AZ], February 29, 2012)

    "With a son diagnosed with Attention Deficit and Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and another with Asperger's Syndrome, Teresa Welsh knows first-hand what it means to advocate for her children at their schools...Welsh created workshops and webinars to help like-minded parents. But she felt more could be done. So with the help of another parent in a similar situation, she created the newly launched Arizona Special Education Network..." 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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