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ADHD in the News - June 16, 2011

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

  1. Non-Invasive Brain Stimulation Helps Curb Impulsivity (Science Daily, June 15, 2011)

    "Inhibitory control can be boosted with a mild form of brain stimulation, according to a study published in the June 2011 issue of Neuroimage. The study's findings indicate that non-invasive intervention can greatly improve patients' inhibitory control. Conducted by a research team led by Dr Chi-Hung Juan of the Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience, National Central University in Taiwan, the research was sponsored by the National Science Council in Taiwan, the UK Medical Research Council, the Royal Society Wolfson Merit Award, and a Fulbright Award..." Full Story

  2. Too Little Sleep in Preschool Years May Predict ADHD (HealthDay News, June 14, 2011)

    "Study suggests link between behavior in kindergarten and sleep loss earlier in life. Preschoolers who don't get enough sleep are more likely than other children to be hyperactive and inattentive by the time they reach kindergarten, according to a new study..."These findings suggest that some children who are not getting adequate sleep may be at risk for developing behavioral problems manifested by hyperactivity, impulsivity, and problems sitting still and paying attention," study lead author Erika Gaylor, senior researcher for SRI International, an independent, nonprofit research institute in Menlo Park, Calif., said in a news release from the American Academy of Sleep Medicine..." Full Story

  3. Not Just for Kids: ADD a Growing Problem for Adults (Fox News, June 14, 2011)

    "Michael Nuccitelli and Helen Driscoll are successful, confident adults - they own their own businesses and you wouldn't know by looking at them that they are a part of a growing trend of adults who are being diagnosed with attention deficit disorder. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 5.4 million children have attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), and while the vast majority of kids will grow out of it, about 4 percent of the U.S. population will continue to suffer with this condition. However, ADHD is a fairly new disorder, which means adults who are in their 40s and beyond were left to suffer silently as children..." Full Story

  4. Food Coloring and ADHD: No Known Link, but Wider Safety Issues Remain, Researcher Says (Science Daily, June 14, 2011)

    "When University of Maryland psychologist Andrea Chronis-Tuscano testified before a U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) hearing last March, it changed her mind about possible risks of artificial food coloring for children, and drove her to look more closely at the products in her own pantry that she feeds her kids..." Full Story

  5. Substance Abuse Risk Greater for Girls with ADHD Than Boys (PsychCentral, June 13, 2011)

    "In a new study of adolescents, Finnish investigators discovered attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) symptoms were more common in boys, but girls with ADHD were more vulnerable to substance abuse..." Full Story

  6. ADHD in Very Young Children: Treatment Challenges (Medscape, June 10, 2011)

    "Clinicians often have to treat young children with medication for attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), but there is a relative dearth of data on the efficacy of ADHD medications in this younger cohort, particularly the preschool age group. This 8-week trial was conducted at 3 sites in the United States during 2005-2008. [A Double-Blind, Placebo-Controlled Study of Atomoxetine in Young Children With ADHD, Kratochvil CJ, Vaughan BS, Stoner JA, et al, Pediatrics. 2011;127:e862-e868. Epub 2011 Mar 21]..." Full Story

  7. Challenging the law: Mom questions requirement to test student with disabilities (The Post and Courier [Charleston, SC], June 13, 2011)

    "[Robert Mattox] Johnson's behavior disorder isn't immediately apparent, but he has impulsive control disorder and his sweet demeanor can turn into physical aggression the moment he feels frustrated...Federal and state laws hold schools accountable for the achievement of all students, including those who have disabilities such as Mattox. In South Carolina, that means all third- through eighth-grade students must take the state Palmetto Assessment of State Standards. Few exceptions are permitted, and Sarah Johnson, Mattox's mother, believed it would hurt her son to take an exam for which he was unprepared. ..." Full Story

  8. Shire Announces Judges Panel for New Scholarship Program for Students Diagnosed with ADHD (Business Wire, June 14, 2011)

    "Shire announces a distinguished panel of judges for their new scholarship program being offered to students in the United States diagnosed with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). The president of the Attention Deficit Disorder Association (ADDA), the CEO of Children and Adults with Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (CHADD), and the president of the American Professional Society of ADHD and Related Disorders (APSARD) are among those who will volunteer their time and expertise as judges to review the applications and select the scholarship recipients..." Full Story

  9. DIG Coaching Presents "Explaining ADHD to Your Child for the First Time" on Attention Talk Radio with Jeff Copper, Host, and Keath Low (PR.com, June 14, 2011)

    "Host, Jeff Copper interviews Keath Low about the topic of explaining an ADHD diagnosis to your child for the first time. This simple task can be very nerve wracking and challenging for many adults, simply because they love their children. Listen to this insightful conversation as Jeff and Keath share helpful tips to help prepare for the task at hand...The program will be broadcast Wednesday, June 22, 2011, at 8 pm ET..." 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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