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ADHD in the News - June 23, 2011

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  1. Nutritional Supplement Boosts Cognition in Healthy Women (Medscape Medical News, June 22, 2011)

    "Citicoline, a naturally occurring substance found in the brain and liver and marketed as a nutritional supplement, enhanced aspects of cognition in healthy women and may have a role in mitigating the cognitive decline associated with normal aging, new research suggests. It may also improve the attentional deficits associated with psychiatric disorders, said Erin McGlade, PhD, from the University of Utah Brain Institute, Salt Lake City, who led the study..." Full Story

  2. fMRI Distinguishes Between Bipolar Disorder and ADHD (Medscape Medical News, June 16, 2011)

    "Areas of working memory activation differ between pediatric bipolar disorder (BD) and attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), according to new research. A small functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) study showed that youths with BD used more of the limbic brain network and those with ADHD used more of their fronto-subcortical network during working memory tasks..." Full Story

  3. Childhood Asthma Linked to ADHD in Adolescence (HealthDay News, June 17, 2011)

    "Risk of hyperactivity-impulsivity increases in children with asthma, independent of medication. Childhood asthma is associated with subsequent development of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, particularly the hyperactivity-impulsivity component in adolescence, according to a study published online May 21 in Allergy..." Full Story

  4. The Great 'Medicate' Debate (Redondo Beach Patch, June 16, 2011)

    ""The teacher says I should medicate. The doctor thinks so, too. But I am just not sure." Of all of the conversations I have with teachers and parents of children with Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) or Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), this is the topic that seems to create the most angst and controversy. Should or shouldn't you medicate your child for ADD/ADHD treatment?..." Full Story

  5. Can depression cause inability to focus? (CNN Health, June 21, 2011)

    "I am a college student, recently diagnosed with depression, and am taking steps to figure out if I have ADHD because of a tremendous inability to focus and retain information. It is almost like, when I'm trying to focus on something someone says, it slips right through me like water...are antidepressants more helpful or hurtful to my cognitive functions? Can I look forward to reversing the concentration and memory retention problems I am currently undergoing?..." Full Story

  6. Whatever Happened To....the boy with ADHD? (Washington Post, June 16, 2011)

    "When 7-year-old Andrew Fraser's attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) was first diagnosed in 1995, his psychiatrist deemed it one of the worst cases he'd seen in 27 years. Andrew was continuously hyperactive, had an enormous temper and behaved badly both at school and at home. He got into scuffles, and his parents were frequently called to come pick him up. His difficulties were detailed in a 2001 story in The Washington Post Magazine..." Full Story

  7. Maroon 5 Lead Singer Adam Levine Raises Awareness of Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder in Young Adults and Adults With "Own It" (PRNewswire, June 20, 2011)

    "Adam Levine, lead singer of Maroon 5, is helping to raise awareness among young adults and adults about Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) through a new national education campaign called "Own It" that launched today. The campaign, supported by two patient advocacy groups and made possible by Shire, aims to motivate young adults and adults who were previously diagnosed with ADHD to take charge of their health by speaking with their doctor and getting reassessed if their symptoms--inattention, impulsivity, and hyperactivity--are still impacting them..." Full Story

  8. Brain, Gene Discoveries Drive New Concept of Mental Illness (Psychiatric News, June 17, 2011)

    "It's time to fundamentally rethink mental illness, said National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) Director Thomas Insel, M.D. Delivering the Frontiers of Science Lecture at APA's 2011 annual meeting in Honolulu, Insel described an emerging concept of mental illnesses as disorders of brain circuits caused by developmental processes shaped through a complex interplay of genetics and experience. That model will in time upend the existing conceptual model of psychiatric practice in which diagnosis is made by observation of manifest symptoms, detection of illness is late, prediction of illness is poor, etiology is largely unknown, and treatment is trial and error..." Full Story

  9. P2D Bioscience lands $1.5M from National Institutes of Health (Business Courier, June 22, 2011)

    "P2D Bioscience, a Cincinnati-based pharmaceutical-development company, has received a $1.5 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to develop a drug for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. The money will fund safety and toxicology studies. The product candidate is a dopamine transport inhibitor similar to Adderall and Concerta..." Full Story


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