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ADHD in the News - March 22, 2012

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

  1. Diagnosis of ADHD On the Rise (Science Daily, March 19, 2012)

    "The number of American children leaving doctors' offices with an attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) diagnosis has risen 66 percent in 10 years, according to a new Northwestern Medicine study. Over this same timeframe, specialists, instead of primary care physicians, have begun treating an increasing number of these young patients, the study found. The study, which will be published in the March/April issue of the journal Academic Pediatrics, analyzed ADHD trends from 2000 to 2010 among children under the age of 18 who were diagnosed and treated by office-based physicians..." Full Story

  2. Prescriptions of ADHD Meds Also on the Rise in Canada (Medscape, March 15, 2012)

    "The upward trend in the prevalence of diagnoses of attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and of the prescribing of medications to treat ADHD seen in the United States and other developed countries is also occurring in Canada, except in pre-school-aged children, according to a new study published in the Canadian Journal of Psychiatry..." Full Story

  3. Five Misconceptions About Learning Disabilities (PBS Newshour, March 16, 2012)

    "Contrary to popular belief, autism isn't a learning disability. Neither is attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), mental illness, or intellectual disability. Here to walk us through the top misconceptions about learning disabilities and to define exactly what they are -- and aren't -- is Dr. Horowitz..." Full Story

  4. From High School Dropout to Harvard University Graduate Student (PBS Newshour, March 21, 2012)

    "Like many kids struggling with learning disabilities, Paris was frustrated. But because no one had flagged him to be evaluated and he had not been diagnosed, Paris didn't know why he wasn't getting it. Before he finished sophomore year, he dropped out and was living on the streets of his hometown, Los Angeles..." Full Story

  5. 6 Tips for Parents of Students With Learning Disabilities (PBS Newshour, March 21, 2012)

    "After dropping out of high school, Daniel Paris was diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and multiple learning disabilities, including dyslexia. But with the proper diagnosis, proper advocacy and proper accommodations, he eventually returned to school, completed his degree and went on to become a Harvard graduate student. Learn more about his story. We asked Paris what advice he'd give parents of children with learning disabilities. His thoughts are below..." Full Story

  6. The Mental Health Gender Gap: Women Far Exceed Men in their Use of Psychotropic Medications as Utilization Increases Among Both Sexes (Bradenton Herald, March 19, 2012)

    "Women far outpace their male counterparts when it comes to the consumption of mental health medications, with 25 percent using at least one psychotropic drug as compared to 15 percent of men. These are findings from research by Medco Health Solutions, Inc. (NYSE: MHS) that were presented Saturday at the 2012 Women's Health Congress. The study reviewed the pharmacy claims of more than two million insured Americans and assessed the use of antidepressants, antipsychotics, anti-anxiety medications and drugs to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) between 2001 and 2010..." Full Story

  7. Mom's Meth Use May Affect Kids' Behavior (MedPage Today, March 19, 2012)

    "Women who use methamphetamine during pregnancy may be placing their unborn children at risk for behavioral problems during childhood, researchers found. At ages 3 and 5, children who had been exposed to methamphetamine in the womb had greater emotional reactivity (P=0.006) and higher levels of anxiety and depression (P=0.019) than their unexposed peers, according to Linda LaGasse, PhD, of Brown University in Providence, R.I., and colleagues. Also, at age 5 only, exposure was associated with externalizing behavior problems (acting out) and attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) symptoms, the researchers reported online ahead of the April issue of Pediatrics..." Full Story

  8. How Packaged Food Makes Girls Hyper (Scientific American, March 16, 2012)

    "The chemical bisphenol A, known as BPA, has become familiar in the past decade, notably to parents searching for BPA-free bottles for their infants. Animal studies have found that BPA, which resembles the sex hormone estrogen, harms health. The growing brain is an especially worrisome target: estrogen is known to be important in fetal brain development in rodents. Now a study suggests that prenatal, but not childhood, exposure to BPA is connected to anxiety, depression and difficulty controlling behaviors in three-year-olds, especially girls..." Full Story

  9. Euthymics Bioscience, Inc. Initiates Clinical Trial for New Drug Targeted for Adult Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) (Genetic Engineering & Biotechnology News, March 22, 2012)

    "Euthymics Bioscience, Inc. today announced that it has initiated a Phase 1 clinical trial of EB-1020, a next-generation drug in development for treating adult attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), with low risk of drug abuse liability. This would meet a critical need because current stimulants used to treat ADHD are tightly regulated and often in short supply due to their addictive properties. Peer-reviewed preclinical data demonstrated that EB-1020 affects areas of the brain associated with ADHD. Dosing of healthy volunteers in the EB-1020 Phase 1 trial is now underway. Final results of the study are expected late this summer..." Full Story

  10. Tag team win in Morgan's sights on TNA's Victory Road (Miami Herald, March 17, 2012)

    "As a child, Matt Morgan craved attention. Several years and four feet later, the 7-0 Morgan is getting more than enough attention as a top Total Nonstop Action wrestler. Dubbed The Blueprint, he is an incredibly agile, athletic big man who can more than handle himself in the ring, something he enjoys. Maintaining focus with something he enjoys has never been an issue, but it's the other that caused some adverse reactions growing up with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder...In 2009, Morgan became the national spokesperson for Children and Adults with Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder." 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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