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ADHD in the News - May 23, 2013

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

  1. Link Between Childhood ADHD and Obesity Revealed in First Long-Term Study (ScienceDaily, May 20, 2013)

    A new study conducted by researchers at the Child Study Center at NYU Langone Medical Center found men diagnosed as children with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) were twice as likely to be obese in a 33-year follow-up study compared to men who were not diagnosed with the condition. The study appears in the May 20 online edition of Pediatrics. Full Story

  2. Eye May Be Key to More Accurate ADHD Diagnosis (Medscape Medical News, May 18, 2013)

    "Examining the retina may aid in the diagnosis of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), new research suggests...Altered visual signal processing may be a "neuronal correlate for ADHD," study presenter Emanuel Bubl, MD, told Medscape Medical News. "If we can replicate this finding, it would be of great clinical importance because it would be an objective marker of ADHD." Dr. Bubl presented the study here at the American Psychiatric Association's 2013 Annual Meeting..." Full Story

  3. Trigeminal Nerve Stimulation an Option for ADHD? (Medscape Medical News, May 20, 2013)

    "Results of a small pilot trial suggest that trigeminal nerve stimulation (TNS), a noninvasive treatment already approved in Europe and Canada for refractory epilepsy and major depression, may also provide a nonpharmacologic treatment option for attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)...The results of this open-label pilot trial were presented here at the American Psychiatric Association's 2013 Annual Meeting by lead author James McGough, MD, MPH, professor of clinical psychiatry at the Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior..." Full Story

  4. One in 10 Teens Using 'Study Drugs,' but Parents Aren't Paying Attention (Science Daily, May 20, 2013)

    "As high schoolers prepare for final exams, teens nationwide may be tempted to use a "study drug" ­- a prescription stimulant or amphetamine -- to gain an academic edge. But a new University of Michigan poll shows only one in 100 parents of teens 13-17 years old believes that their teen has used a study drug..." Full Story

  5. Early-Life Traffic-Related Air Pollution Exposure Linked to Hyperactivity (Science Daily, May 21, 2013)

    "Early-life exposure to traffic-related air pollution was significantly associated with higher hyperactivity scores at age 7, according to new research from the University of Cincinnati (UC) and Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center. The research is detailed in a study being published Tuesday, May 21, in Environmental Health Perspectives, a peer-reviewed open access journal published by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS), an institute within the National Institutes of Health (NIH)..." Full Story

  6. Do diet changes help ADHD children? (Chicago Tribune, May 22, 2013)

    "Parents of children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) have been reporting marked behavioral improvements due to diets eliminating artificial food coloring and other additives for decades now, but those reports have gained traction in the past decade, with recent studies suggesting that scientists may have been too quick to dismiss dietary triggers for ADHD in the 1980s and '90s..." Full Story

  7. Experts Want To Explore Role Of 'The 3 S's' In ADHD (Health News Digest, May 20, 2013)

    "Researchers are interested in exploring how sunlight, sleep and screens (like those on computers and TVs) may affect those with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), says Dr. L. Eugene Arnold, a child psychiatrist and ADHD expert at the Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center's Nisonger Center..." Full Story

  8. Researchers Suspect 3 “S’s” to Be Contributing Factors in Rise of ADHD Rates (Growing Your Baby, May 22, 2013)

    "Arnold and his team looked at ADHD statistics all over the world and compared them. Interestingly enough, the team found that places with more sunlight (Arizona, Colorado, California, Spain and Mexico – all places considered “sunny regions” because of their high solar intensity) had fewer ADHD patients. In addition, places with the least amount of sunlight had more cases of ADHD..." Full Story

  9. Of Course French Kids Have ADHD (Psychology Today, May 23, 2013)

    "A recent post here at Psychology Today created real interest in the possibility that French children may be less likely to be diagnosed and treated for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. In fact, however, the prevalence of ADHD among French children appears to be about 3.5% to 5.6% - which is consistent with the DSM-IV-TR estimate of prevalence in the US. And, just as in the US, the diagnosis was frequently co-occurring with behavioral disorders and academic underperformance, and boys were more likely than girls to receive a diagnosis of ADHD..." Full Story

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