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ADHD in the News - June 2, 2011

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  1. Childhood ADHD Linked to Later Risk of Drug Abuse (WebMD Health News, June 2, 2011)

    "Childhood attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) increases the risk of cigarette smoking and drug and alcohol abuse problems in early adulthood, a study shows. The study is published in the Journal of the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry. Researchers found that children with ADHD and conduct disorder have about triple the risk of developing substance abuse problems compared to those with ADHD alone..." Full Story

  2. Children With ADHD More Prone to Substance Abuse: Study (HealthDay, June 1, 2011)

    ""Our study, which is one of the largest set of longitudinal studies of this issue to date, supports the association between ADHD and substance abuse found in several earlier studies and shows that the increased risk cannot be accounted for by co-existing factors such as other psychiatric disorders or family history of substance abuse," lead author Dr. Timothy Wilens, an associate professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, said in a news release from Massachusetts General Hospital..." Full Story

  3. Link Between Childhood ADHD and Substance Abuse Risk Supported by Long-Term Study Data (ScienceDaily, May 31, 2011)

    "While previous studies from investigators at MGH and elsewhere found an increased risk of substance abuse in adolescents and young adults with ADHD, questions have been raised about whether specific aspects of ADHD such as impulsive behavior, cognitive problems, school problems, accompanying conditions such as bipolar disorder or conduct disorder, or family factors were actually responsible for the risk. To get a clearer picture of the factors behind the increased risk, the researchers examined data from two previous studies -- one of boys, one of girls -- that analyzed the prevalence of a broad range of psychiatric and behavioral disorders in participants diagnosed with ADHD as children..." Full Story

  4. ADHD in Women: Is There a Role for Meditation? (Huffington Post, May 27, 2011)

    "To this mix of medications and coaching, I would respectfully like to suggest a third component to the treatment program -- some form of stress reduction. One of the most potent forms of stress reduction that I know is the Transcendental Meditation (TM) technique. So potent is TM as a stress reducer that it has reliably been shown to reduce blood pressure, can reverse early stage blood vessel disease, and can actually boost longevity, according to two controlled studies. I suggest that the same de-stressing powers may be invaluable to an adult (or child) struggling with both ADHD and a lifestyle of rushing, running and juggling that is conductive to ADHD..." Full Story

  5. Anesthesia early in life linked to learning disabilities, ADHD (EmaxHealth, May 31, 2011)

    "According to a Pediatric Anesthesia Neurotoxicity Panel, led by Dr. Vesna Jevtovic-Todorovic, M.D., Ph.D., M.B.A., Professor of Anesthesiology and Neuroscience at the University of Virginia Health System, infants and children who undergo procedures requiring anesthesia could experience learning disabilities, memory problems, ADHD and cognitive difficulties. Animal studies have raised major concerns about anesthetics like ketamine given to infants and children that could affect the developing brain. Studies performed on rhesus monkeys, whose brains are similar to humans, strongly link anesthesia exposure to functional difficulties..." Full Story

  6. Ask Dr. Hallberg: What are the issues with diagnosing ADHD in adults? (Minnesota Public Radio, May 30, 2011)

    "At the American Psychiatric Association meeting this month, there was a proposal to make it easier to diagnose ADHD in adults. Medical providers have also discussed whether to redefine the disorder in the next version of the DSM, the textbook for diagnosing mental illnesses. Medical analyst Dr, Jon Hallberg spoke with MPR's Tom Crann about the challenges of diagnosing and treating adults with the disorder..." Full Story

  7. Mommy Medicine: Using melatonin to treat symptoms of ADHD (KSL.com, May 31, 2011)

    "The world of health and medicine can be confusing to many parents. But Nurse Suzy is here to help clarify some of the issues that are important to you and your family. This week's question deals the use of melatonin supplements to help treat children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)..." Full Story

  8. European Survey Show Significant Impact Of ADHD At School And Home, Yet Parents Wait Over Two Years For An ADHD Diagnosis (Medical News Today, May 29, 2011)

    "Shire plc (LSE: SHP, NASDAQ: SHPGY), the global specialty biopharmaceutical company, today announced the results of a new European survey that found children with ADHD have statistically significant impairments in all aspects of life investigated vs. children without ADHD. Yet, parents take an average of 26.8 months to achieve a diagnosis for their child..." Full Story

  9. Two more disability-bias suits attack the LSAT (National Law Journal, June 1, 2011)

    "There's something about the Law School Admission Test that makes people litigious. Barely a week after a blind man filed suit alleging that the American Bar Association essentially requires a discriminatory test, a would-be LSAT taker with attention deficit disorder on Tuesday sued the Law School Admission Council, which administers the exam. The suit, filed in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York by Wesleyan University senior Meghan Larywon, claims that the council violated the Americans With Disabilities Act by denying her request for accommodations when taking the test..." Full Story

  10. ADHD film-makers have our attention (Stirling Observer [UK], June 1, 2011)

    YOUNG people with ADHD were applauded at a special premiere at the macrobert arts centre recently. The centre's Filmhouse Theatre was packed for the screening of "ADHD Outtakes", a short film made by local youngsters with the condition in a bid to help change attitudes. The young filmmakers were also hoping people who themselves had ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder) and their families would take away some encouragement from the film. 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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