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ADHD in the News - March 31, 2011

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

  1. FDA advisers want more study of food dye-ADHD link (CNN Health, March 31, 2011)

    "A Food and Drug Administration advisory committee decided Thursday there is insufficient evidence to support a link between artificial dyes in foods and children with ADHD. The committee will make no recommendation to ban or regulate dye additives found in food products. But the committee did stress that there seems to be a trend with artificial dyes and side effects in children and that more research is needed..." Full Story

  2. Panel Digests Data Linking Food Coloring, Hyperactivity (MedPage Today, March 30, 2011)

    "Judging from the data and the discussion during the first day of an FDA panel meeting on food dyes, it appears likely that juices, candies, cereals, yogurts, and hundreds of other everyday foods will maintain their brighter-than-bright hues. The FDA Food Advisory Committee is reviewing data on whether dyes used in food cause hyperactivity in kids, and will vote Thursday on whether the agency should take action on dyes, which could include banning them altogether..." Full Story

  3. Artificial Food Dyes Scrutinized by FDA (Wall Street Journal, March 29, 2011)

    "A Food and Drug Administration panel plans to meet this week to consider the potential link between hyperactivity in children and artificial dyes found in common foods such as candy, waffles and salad dressing. The FDA is reconsidering its long-held position that the dyes pose no risk to children or anyone else. Artificial food dyes with names like Yellow 5 have long been targeted by some scientists and consumer advocates concerned that they could cause hyperactivity in children..." Full Story

  4. U.S. Asks If Food Dyes Make Kids Hyperactive (Medscape.com, March 25, 2011)

    "U.S. regulators are weighing a question parents have asked since the 1970s: do artificial food dyes make children hyperactive? A consumer group has petitioned the government to ban blue, green, orange, red and yellow food colorings. The synthetic dyes are common in food and drinks ranging from PepsiCo's Gatorade, Cheetos and Doritos to Kellogg's Eggo waffles and Kraft's Jell-O desserts..." Full Story

  5. Organic Foods Offer Alternative to Foods Containing Food Dyes, Pesticides Linked to Raising Children's Risk of ADHD (PRNewswire, March 29, 2011)

    "Organic food production and processing represent the only system that uses certification and inspection to verify that synthetic food dyes and chemicals are not used," said Christine Bushway, [Organic Trade Association] OTA's Executive Director and CEO. "Those seeking to minimize their exposure to these chemicals can look for the USDA Organic label wherever they buy food."...Full Story

  6. Want to reduce BPA exposure? Cut canned foods from your diet, report says (Los Angeles Times, March 30, 2011)

    "Exposure to the chemical Bisphenol A, or BPA, through canned foods and other food packaging can be significantly reduced with simple dietary changes, according to a report released Wednesday by the nonprofit Breast Cancer Fund and the Silent Spring Institute, a breast cancer research group..." Full Story

  7. Students on Speed (The Spectrum (U of Buffalo), March 29, 2011)

    "Misusing prescription amphetamine medications such as Adderall is a widespread problem at UB, a survey reveals, with nearly one-third of UB students stating that they have used the drug non-medically. Additionally, over 75 percent of students surveyed have heard of students obtaining and using ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder) medications for other than their intended uses..." Full Story

  8. Epileptic Kids Have More Psychiatric Symptoms (WebMD, March 28, 2011)

    "Girls With Epilepsy Have More Depression, Boys More ADHD, Study Finds Children with epilepsy are at increased risk of having psychiatric problems, with girls more likely to exhibit symptoms linked to depression and anxiety and boys more likely to have symptoms of ADHD and difficulty getting along with peers, new research suggests..." Full Story

  9. Higher Prevalence of Psychiatric Symptoms Found in Children With Epilepsy (Science Daily, March 25, 2011)

    "A newly published report reveals that children with epilepsy are more likely to have psychiatric symptoms, with gender a determining factor in their development. Findings showed that girls had more emotional problems, while boys had more hyperactivity/inattention problems and issues regarding peer relationships. Details of this study in Norwegian children are now available online in Epilepsia, a journal published by Wiley-Blackwell on behalf of the International League Against Epilepsy..." 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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