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ADHD in the News - May 30, 2013

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

  1. Are Children Who Take Ritalin for ADHD at Greater Risk of Future Drug Abuse? (Science Daily, May 29, 2013)

    “UCLA psychologists have conducted the most comprehensive assessment ever on this question and have found that children with ADHD who take medications such as Ritalin and Adderall are at no greater risk of using alcohol, marijuana, nicotine or cocaine later in life than kids with ADHD who don't take these medications...” Full Story

  2. New parenting program benefits ADHD children (MedicalXpress, May 24, 2013)

    “More than 50 percent of mothers with children who have ADHD have a lifetime history of major depression. When mothers are stressed or depressed, they often have difficulty being positive, patient, and consistent with their challenging children...The research, led by UMD associate professor of psychology Andrea Chronis-Tuscano, uses a new method of intervention for mothers of children with ADHD, which not only teaches mothers to manage their children's behavior but also teaches them to manage their own mood and stress by engaging in enjoyable activities, maintaining a positive attitude, and learning relaxation techniques...” Full Story

  3. Long-term ADHD treatment increases brain dopamine transporter levels, may affect drug efficacy (Domain-b.com, May 28, 2013)

    “Long-term treatment of attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) with certain stimulant medications may alter the density of the dopamine transporter, according to research published on 15 May in the open access journal PLOS ONE by Gene-Jack Wang and colleagues from Brookhaven National Laboratory and the intramural program at NIH…” Full Story

  4. Brain Activity in Sleep May Impact Emotional Disturbances in Children With ADHD (Science Daily, May 29, 2013)

    “Sleep consolidates emotional memories in healthy children but not in children with attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), according to research published May 29 in the open access journal PLOS ONE by Alexander Prehn-Kristensen and colleagues from University Hospital Schleswig-Holstein. The study suggests these deficits in sleep-related emotional processing may exacerbate emotional problems experienced in the daytime by children with ADHD…” Full Story

  5. Kids with ADHD have trouble forming emotional memories, study finds (Globe and Mail, May 29, 2013)

    “In the search for answers about the vexing hold that attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder has on modern childhood, the role of sleep crops up repeatedly. There is strong evidence that children with ADHD experience sleep problems. Some experts also suggest that sleep disorders are actually misdiagnosed as ADHD. But new German research suggests another link between sleep and ADHD, this time pointing to a key brain function that kids with ADHD appear to be missing out on even during a good night's sleep. They have more trouble than their peers in forming and keeping emotional memories – a deficit that could exacerbate emotional and behavioural problems during daytime hours…” Full Story

  6. Children’s Sleep Disorders on the Rise as Local Clinics Work on Treatments (Miami Herald, May 24, 2013)

    “Smartphones, tablets and e-readers have made modern life the kind of speedy, all-access convenience Gene Roddenberry conceived of in his 1960s Star Trek program. But health experts warn that the proliferation of these handy i-devices comes the flip side: impaired sleep for children and adults, and a possible connection between poor sleep and symptoms that are remarkably similar to attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (A.D.H.D.)…” Full Story

  7. How is ADHD Linked to Breastfeeding? (dailyRX, May 29, 2013)

    "It's helpful to learn as much as possible about conditions like ADHD. However, sometimes learning more information requires being careful about what the information actually means. A recent study found that kids with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder were breastfed a shorter amount of time than other kids..." Full Story

  8. 10 Small Steps You Can Take Today to Improve ADHD Symptoms (PsychCentral, May 29, 2013)

    "Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) can feel overwhelming sometimes...Fortunately, you can manage and ease your symptoms by taking small and relatively simple steps every day. The key is to pay attention to how ADHD interferes with your daily life and develop strategies that work for you, said Roberto Olivardia, Ph.D, a clinical psychologist and clinical instructor in the department of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School..." Full Story

  9. Top ADHD Tip: Find Work You Love! Here’s How (PsychCentral, May 24, 2013)

    "Often, those of us with ADHD are told that to realize our full potential we need to find work that we’re passionate about; work that suits our ADHD-ness to a tee...Here are 6 tips on how to make the transition to our coveted field (and we all know how much we ADHDers love transitions! Yikes. And this one’s a biggie)..." 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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