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ADHD in the News - May 15, 2014

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

  1. Stimulants Linked to Lower Smoking Risk in Kids With ADHD (Medscape, May 14, 2014)

    "In the largest meta-analysis to date examining the relationship between stimulant medication treatment and smoking outcomes in ADHD, investigators at Duke University School of Medicine, Durham, North Carolina, found a significant association between treatment with stimulants and lower smoking rates. "Our study shows that there is a relationship between being treated for ADHD with stimulants and lower rates of smoking, but we can't conclude that medication directly caused smoking to be reduced," first author Erin N. Schoenfelder, PhD, told Medscape Medical News. The findings were published online May 12 in Pediatrics..." Full Story

  2. ADHD drugs not linked to increased tobacco use (USA Today, May 12, 2014)

    "It's well-documented that young people diagnosed with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder are more likely to pick up cigarette smoking, start earlier when they do and become more seriously addicted to tobacco than peers without the disorder. Yet a new analysis that pools data from more than a dozen published studies finds that adolescents who are prescribed stimulant medications to treat ADHD are less likely to smoke than those with ADHD who are not treated with the drugs..." Full Story

  3. Study examines prenatal exposure to tobacco smoke on inhibition control (Medical Xpress, May 14, 2014)

    "Individuals prenatally exposed to tobacco smoke exhibited weaker response in some regions of the brain while processing a task that measures inhibitory control (the ability to control inappropriate responses)...Growing evidence suggests that smoking during pregnancy may increase the risk of psychopathology such as attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Research on ADHD has suggested that individuals with the disorder may exhibit poor inhibitory control..." Full Story

  4. Exercising the mind to treat attention deficits (TODAY, May 14, 2014)

    "Poor planning, wandering attention and trouble inhibiting impulses signify lapses in cognitive control. A stream of research suggests strengthening this mental muscle, usually with exercises in so-called mindfulness, may help children and adults cope with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and its adult equivalent, attention deficit disorder (ADD)..." Full Story

  5. Researchers find computer-based exercises significantly improve the ability to pay attention (Medical Xpress, May 14, 2014)

    "In a recent study, Naomi J. Steiner, director of the CATS Project (Computer Attention Training in Schools for children with ADHD) at Tufts Medical Center, and her colleagues found that computer-based attention-training exercises significantly improved the ability of kids with ADHD to focus and pay attention. The team tested two kinds of computer training systems..." Full Story

  6. Bad News For Ivy Leaguers: ADHD Drugs Hurt Your Memory (TIME, May 13, 2014)

    "Prescription drug abuse is rampant, and for a third of Americans, the first drug of any kind that they take—including illicit drugs—is an Rx that has not been prescribed to them. That’s not surprising when you consider how many students abuse ADHD drugs for performance...The new research published in the journal Frontiers in Systems Neuroscience shows that while a drug like Ritalin may offer a boost in mental performance, it’s a short-term crutch that can actually adversely impact the brain’s plasticity, interfering with people’s ability to plan ahead, switch between tasks and be overall flexible in their behaviors..." Full Story

  7. Genetic marker linked to OCD identified (ScienceDaily, May 13, 2014)

    "A group of researchers led by Johns Hopkins scientists say they have identified a genetic marker that may be associated with the development of obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), whose causes and mechanisms are among the least understood among mental illnesses. The results of the research are published online May 13 by the journal Molecular Psychiatry..." Full Story

  8. Beyond the Medication: Behavioral Treatment for ADHD (GoodTherapy.org, May 7, 2014)

    "Medication improves focus, reduces impulsiveness, and enables one to sit still more easily, as well as other similar benefits. However, underlying most individuals with ADHD are executive functioning deficits that impede their ability to plan, organize, initiate tasks, use good time-management skills, and so forth...Thus, behavioral treatment in the form of psychotherapy is important and necessary for many people with ADHD in order to cope most successfully with symptoms..." 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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