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ADHD in the News - April 14, 2011

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

  1. Shortage of ADHD drugs sends parents scrambling (MSNBC, April 14, 2011)

    "Manufacturing delays, heavy demand for Adderall, Ritalin could have serious consequences...Nationwide shortages of popular drugs used to treat ADD and ADHD are sending parents scrambling, with some combing multiple pharmacies for the Adderall and Ritalin that keep their kids calm..." Full Story

  2. Shortages of ADHD Medications (CHADD Leadership Blog, April 13, 2011)

    Are you experiencing difficulty in getting prescriptions filled for ADHD medications such as Adderall, Metadate, or their generic forms? Timothy MacGeorge, director of the National Resource Center on ADHD: A Program of CHADD, gives advice on what to do. Full Story

  3. Filters That Reduce 'Brain Clutter' Identified (Medical News Today, April 13, 2011)

    "Until now, it has been assumed that people with diseases like ADHD, Tourette syndrome, obsessive compulsive disorder and schizophrenia - all of whom characteristically report symptoms of "brain clutter" - may suffer from anomalies in the brain's prefrontal cortex..." Full Story

  4. More Evidence Secondhand Smoke Bad for Kids' Mental Health (Medscape Medical News, April 12, 2011)

    "Children and adolescents in the United States exposed to secondhand smoke (SHS) are at risk of developing major depressive disorder (MDD), generalized anxiety disorder (GAD), attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), and conduct disorder, new research suggests. In a national survey study of more than 2000 nonsmokers between the ages of 8 and 15 years, investigators found that serum cotinine levels, signifying SHS exposure, were positively associated with symptoms of all these disorders -- and were especially correlated for boys..." Full Story

  5. Will teen multitasking give rise to ADD? Study may offer answer (MSNBC.com, April 12, 2011)

    "Parents who grew up in a world without all the technological chatter often find themselves wondering whether their kids will ever learn to focus on one thing at a time. They ask: Are we raising an entire generation of children with attention deficit disorder? The answer to that question -- and many others -- may come from a groundbreaking study currently underway at the National Institutes of Health (NIH)..." Full Story

  6. ADHD Diagnosis a Detective's Job (Medscape Medical News, April 12, 2011)

    "Editor's note: Attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) affects about 3% to 7% of children in the United States. Stimulants are an effective therapy, with a number needed to treat of 2, but parents often have concerns about the short-term and long-term adverse effects of medical therapy. A discussion of this issue was featured at the APhA 2011: American Pharmacists Association Annual Meeting and Exposition, held March 25 to 28 in Seattle, Washington..." Full Story

  7. 8 Tips to Tell Your Child They Have ADHD (Psych Central, April 12, 2011)

    "Regardless of your child's age, it can be hard to tell them that they have attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Fortunately, today, people are more familiar with ADHD. "The good news at this point in time is that ADHD is pretty well known and many kids (or at least teens) know someone or have a friend who they know has ADHD," according to Ari Tuckman, PsyD, a clinical psychologist who specializes in ADHD and author of More Attention, Less Deficit: Successful Strategies for Adults with ADHD. Below are some ideas to help you talk to your child..." Full Story

  8. Prenatal Exposure to Certain Pollutants Linked to Behavioral Problems in Young Children (ScienceDaily, April 12, 2011)

    "Mothers' exposure during pregnancy to pollutants created by the incomplete combustion of fossil fuels and other organic material may lead to behavioral problems in their children, according to a new study. Researchers found that within a sample of 215 children monitored from birth, those children with high levels of a pollution exposure marker in their cord blood had more symptoms of attention problems and anxiety/depression at ages 5 and 7 than did children with lower exposure..." Full Story

  9. Doctor: Patients Fake ADHD to Get Meds (FOX 9 News, April 12, 2011)

    "People suffering from Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, commonly known as ADHD, often benefit from drugs like Ritalin or Adderall, but a local doctor said he found a large number of patients are faking symptoms to get the medications, which are in high demand on the streets..." Full Story

  10. Does special education review process work? (AuburnPub.com (New York), April 10, 2011)

    "Fewer special education referrals and an increase in the percentage of referred students approved for special education services could be attributed to a new approach to special education in public schools...Diane Bennett, special education school improvement specialist at BOCES, explained these numbers look just as they should. She said the data suggest the process of classifying special education students is becoming more efficient thanks to a general education initiative called "response to intervention," or RTI..." Full Story

  11. Children with ADHD at increased risk for bipolar disorder (MedWire News, April 8, 2011)

    "Children with attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) are at increased risk for developing bipolar disorder, suggest results from an Italian study. "A major feature of juvenile bipolar disorder is its frequent 'atypicality,, compared with adult 'standards,' in terms of presentation, course, and pattern of comorbidity," write Gabriele Masi (Scientific Institute of Child Neurology and Psychiatry, Calambrone, Pisa) and team in the journal Psychiatry Research..." Full Story

  12. FDA: No Need for Stiffer Warnings on ADHD Drugs (MedPage Today, April 08, 2011)

    "Preliminary results from studies sponsored by the FDA and the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality on cardiovascular risks associated with stimulant drugs for attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) do not warrant new warnings or restrictions for these products, the FDA announced..." Full Story

  13. Health care company funding grants to pay medical bills to the needy (The Trentonian, April 8, 2011)

    "The charitable arm of a major health insurance company is seeking applications for grants of up to $5,000 for families in need of help paying medical bills. The UnitedHealthcare Children's Foundation has helped more 2,200 people with medical grants since 2007. Familes can apply for grants online at www.uhccf.org..." 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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