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ADHD in the News - June 9, 2011

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  1. Brain Imaging Study of Preschoolers With ADHD Detects Brain Differences Linked to Symptoms (Sacramento Bee, June 9, 2011)

    "In a study published today in the Clinical Neuropsychologist (e-publication ahead of print), researchers from the Kennedy Krieger Institute found differences in the brain development of preschool children with symptoms of Attention-deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). Results showed the region of the brain important for cognitive and motor control was smaller in these children than in typically developing children. Novel for its use of neuroimaging in very young, preschool age children with early symptoms of ADHD, this study's examination of brain differences may offer new insights into potential early interventions for the disorder..." Full Story

  2. Your Attention Please: 'Rewarding' Objects Can't Be Ignored (Science Daily, June 7, 2011)

    "The world is a dazzling array of people, objects, sounds, smells and events: far too much for us to fully experience at any moment. So our attention may automatically be snagged by something startling, such as a slamming door, or we may deliberately focus on something that is important to us right then, such as locating our child among the happily screaming hordes on the school playground. We also know that people are hard-wired to seek out and pay attention to things that are rewarding, such as food when we are hungry, or water when we are thirsty. So what happens when the things that signify a "reward" are actually not important at all? Are they still powerful enough to capture our attention, when so many other things are competing for it? According to a team of neuroscientists at Johns Hopkins, the answer is "yes,"..." Full Story

  3. Childhood Trauma Linked to Higher Rates of Mental Health Problems (Science Daily, June 8, 2011)

    "New research has shown that children's risk for learning and behavior problems and obesity rises in correlation to their level of trauma exposure, says the psychiatrist at the Stanford University School of Medicine and Lucile Packard Children's Hospital who oversaw the study. The findings could encourage physicians to consider diagnosing post-traumatic stress disorder rather than attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder, which has similar symptoms to PTSD but very different treatment..." Full Story

  4. Training your brain without using medication (ABC 15, June 7, 2011)

    "What if we could help our kids without using medication, but with their own brain waves instead? Several doctors in the Valley are trying this relatively new technique, including Dr. Sanford Silverman, licensed psychologist and owner of Center for Attention Deficit and Learning Disorders. It's called neurofeedback, and can be used to treat a number of common attention and learning disabilities, like attention deficit disorder, ADHD, autism, anxiety, migraines and even depression..." Full Story

  5. Government urged to review use of 'chemical cosh' drugs on children (Yorkshire Post [UK], June 7, 2011)

    "Psychologists have called for an urgent review of drugs for hyperactive children amid concerns they are being used as a "quick fix". There is a lack of knowledge about the effect of powerful psychotropic drugs on children's development, according to the Association of Educational Psychologists (AEP). They are used to treat conditions such as attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). The AEP says more research is needed and wants the Government to re-examine the use of the drugs..." Full Story

  6. Students popping study drug risk addiction (KVAL 13 (Eugene, OR), June 7, 2011)

    "Finals week on the University of Oregon has students hunched over books, cramming for exams and logging hours over a keyboard. "When it comes to crunch time for finals, people have a lot of studying to make up," said UO student Brian Stocks. Stocks said he was diagnosed with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and used Adderall to help him control symptoms and to focus. "I'm not going to lie," said Stocks. "I've been asked once or twice for it." That's how the black market for Adderall works, according to Chrysalis Drug-Free Program Coordinator Larry Weinerman..." Full Story

  7. Handling ADD and ADHD during summer months (Reporter-News (TX), June 5, 2011)

    "Summer time, and the living will drive the parents crazy. That can be especially true if their school-age child has been diagnosed with Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) or Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). While the temptation may be to cut back on the medication during the summer, a local pediatrician said the best course of action is to maintain the medication throughout the vacation break. "Most people are recommending you stay on the medication," said Dr. Justin Smith of the Professional Association of Pediatrics. Smith added that there is no benefit on changing dosage just because the child isn't in school..." Full Story

  8. Practical Jokes Reach a Crowd: Rick Green, 'Suspect You Have Adult ADHD? Now What?!,' at Clarice Smith Performing Arts (Express (Washington Post), June 7, 2011)

    "What's so funny about attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder? Not much, when you realize ADHD is responsible for breaking up marriages, destroying finances and causing car accidents. So when Canadian comedian Rick Green (best known for co-creating "The Red Green Show," a sitcom that aired on PBS until 2006) approached ADHD specialist Umesh Jain about collaborating on a humorous documentary, the psychiatrist was dubious. "My first feeling was, 'What are you talking about? You're going to make fun of people with a mental disorder?'" he says. But Green, who was diagnosed 10 years ago, persuaded Jain to take part in "ADD and Loving It?!", which was released in 2009..." Full Story

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