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ADHD in the News - March 21, 2013

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

  1. Children’s access to mental care in Mass. is growing (Boston Globe, March 18, 2013)

    "Children who go to a Wellesley pediatrician can, if needed, see a psychologist in a nearby exam room. At a medical office in Peabody, boys and girls with anxiety issues can simply go upstairs to see a social worker. And at a Newton pediatric clinic, children with attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder are able to see an on-site nurse practitioner specializing in mental health. These are among a growing number of Massachusetts pediatric practices that are sharing space with mental health professionals..." Full Story

  2. Doctors Have Obligation to Prevent ADHD Drug Use As Study Aid (Physicians News Digest, March 14, 2013)

    "Physicians have an ethical responsibility to avoid the practice of providing prescription medication to boost mental performance of otherwise healthy kids and teens. Neuroenhancement – the use of prescription medication by healthy persons for the purpose of augmenting normal cognitive or affective function — “in legally and developmentally nonautonomous children and adolescents without a diagnosis of a neurologic disorder is not justifiable,” according to the authors of a position paper published in the March 13, 2013, online issue of Neurology..." Full Story

  3. Rapid Rise in Antipsychotic Treatment of Medicaid-Insured Children (ScienceDaily, March 15, 2013)

    "A new study from the University of Maryland (UM) found that use of antipsychotic drugs from 1997 to 2006 increased 7- to 12-fold in a Medicaid population of about 500,000 children ages two to 17. The study, the latest to confirm a rapid rise of antipsychotics prescribed among Medicaid-insured children, raises questions about America's health care system, says lead author Julie Zito, PhD, professor in the UM School of Pharmacy..." Full Story

  4. Addressing girls' health needs at juvenile detention centers (Los Angeles Times, March 16, 2013)

    "L.A. County health and probation officials are trying to better identify and treat problems of girls in custody that often go undiagnosed and untreated..." Full Story

  5. Lead Poisoning And The Middle Class: The Silent Epidemic That Doesn't Discriminate (Huffington Post, March 21, 2013)

    "Erin Pavlica's family pediatrician had never recommended a blood lead test for any of her three children. And when she came in with her daughter Quinn in January, just after the girl's first birthday, the nurse initially brushed off her request for the test...Pavlica pushed. Eventually, Quinn's lead level was checked and the result came back at just over 9 micrograms per deciliter of blood -- above the 5-microgram-per-deciliter threshold, which is when the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention considers a child to have lead poisoning..." Full Story

  6. PS supplements show ADHD benefits in children: RCT data (NUTRAingredients, March 20, 2013)

    "Children with attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) may benefit from daily supplements of phosphatidylserine (PS), according to a new study from an international team of researchers. A daily dose of PS of 200 mg for two months was associated with significant improvements in short-term auditory memory, inattention, and inattention and impulsivity, report researchers in the Journal of Human Nutrition and Dietetics..." Full Story

  7. Making it easier for ADHD sufferers to renew their driving licence (West, March 15, 2013)

    "In Holland, it has become easier for people suffering from Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) to renew their driving licence. GPs are now able to certify an individual’s fitness for driving. There is no longer a need for a special medical examination every three or five years, although exceptions can be made on a case by case basis..." 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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