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ADHD in the News - May 3, 2012

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

  1. Teen Impulsiveness Has Different Sources in ADHD, Substance Use (US News & World Report, April 29, 2012)

    "Teens with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and teens who start using cigarettes, drugs or alcohol tend to share at least one personality trait: impulsiveness, experts say. But a new brain-imaging study of nearly 1,900 14-year-olds finds that the brain networks associated with impulsivity in teens with ADHD are different compared to those who use drugs or alcohol. What that finding suggests is that multiple underlying mechanisms drive impulsivity -- in other words, the impulsivity that leads kids to blow off their homework and the impulsiveness that drives kids to take a drag off a joint aren't the same, neurologically speaking..." Full Story

  2. Family Involvement Improves Behavior and Academics in Children With ADHD (Good Therapy, April 27, 2012)

    "The most commonly used methods of treatment for children with ADHD are medication and behavioral therapy. Both approaches have proven to be effective in some areas, but neither has successfully addressed all the issues that families and children with ADHD struggle with. In recent years, professional educators and clinicians have devised new strategies that focus on behavior and family involvement...One of these methods is the Family-School Success (FSS) program, a program created to increase the academic performance and family awareness of elementary-age children with ADHD..." Full Story

  3. Dopamine impacts your willingness to work (Vanderbilt University Research News, May 1, 2012)

    "Slacker or go-getter? Everyone knows that people vary substantially in how hard they are willing to work, but the origin of these individual differences in the brain remains a mystery. Now the veil has been pushed back by a new brain imaging study that has found an individual's willingness to work hard to earn money is strongly influenced by the chemistry in three specific areas of the brain. In addition to shedding new light on how the brain works, the research could have important implications for the treatment of attention-deficit disorder, depression, schizophrenia and other forms of mental illness characterized by decreased motivation..." Full Story

  4. Overly long pregnancies linked to behavioral problems in toddlers (NEWS10 ABC, May 03, 2012)

    "Children born after a longer-than-normal pregnancy are at increased risk for behavioral and emotional problems, a new study suggests. The study found that attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is an especially common problem among children who were born post-term, defined as birth after a pregnancy of 42 weeks. The study of more than 5,000 infants in the Netherlands found that about 7 percent were born post-term, while 4 percent were born pre-term (before 37 weeks of pregnancy)..." Full Story

  5. Prescription mistakes are rampant and under-reported (WPTV TV/NewsChannel 5, April 30, 2012)

    "Every day, pharmacists count, pour and hand patients their medication. Medication that isn't always right...Instead of the medication to treat [her child's] ADHD, Helena says the pharmacist mistakenly prescribed Nicholas a drug for adults, suffering with schizophrenia..." Full Story

  6. Report says more kids have mental-health disorders (The Columbus Dispatch, May 1, 2012)

    "The most prevalent childhood disabilities have shifted away from the physical to mental-health disorders, researchers say. A report released today by Princeton University and the Brookings Institution notes that the top five limiting conditions of children are now behavioral or developmental..." 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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