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ADHD in the News - June 27, 2013

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

  1. ADHD diagnosis less likely for minority kids, study claims (CBS News, June 24, 2013)

    "Minority children are less likely than white children to be diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), a new study in Pediatrics revealed. The study, which was published online on June 24, also showed that medication use to treat the neurobehavioral disorder was also lower for all minority kids..." Full Story

  2. ADHD Dx Falls Short for Minority Kids (MedPage Today, June 24, 2013)

    "Minority children were less likely to be diagnosed with attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) than whites, and fewer were given medication for the condition, a national cohort study found. In a fully adjusted analysis, African-American children were 69% less likely to be given a diagnosis of ADHD than white children (odds ratio 0.31, 95% CI 0.24-0.40, P<0.001), while Hispanics were half as likely (OR 0.50, 95% CI 0.38-0.66, P<0.001), according to Paul Morgan, PhD, from Pennsylvania State University in University Park, and colleagues..." Full Story

  3. Making Sense of the Rise in ADHD (Medscape.com, June 26, 2013)

    "The New York Times recently reported that attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is being diagnosed in "nearly 1 in 5 high school-age boys in the United States and 11% of school-age children"...The concern about overdiagnosis and overmedication has received much attention in the popular press over the past 40 years...But what if the prevalence of the behaviors that lead to the label of ADHD really are increasing? Is the automatic conclusion about overdiagnosis and overmedication correct? What issues might be raised by a more balanced consideration of the CDC data (assuming that the Times analysis used the appropriate statistical methods)?..." Full Story

  4. 12 Ways to Boost Your Concentration at Work (ABC News, June 21, 2013)

    "If you have attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), you may have a more difficult time on the job than most. The limited attention span, restlessness, and distractibility that are hallmarks of the condition can hamper focus and productivity at work. Medication can help, but there are also do-it-yourself tricks that can help maximize productivity and efficiency. Read on to see how you can excel in your career..." Full Story

  5. Children With ADHD More Likely to Be Moderately Disabled After Mild Traumatic Brain Injury (Science Daily, June 25, 2013)

    "Researchers at Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh, the University of Pittsburgh, and the University of Chicago have found that children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) are more likely to demonstrate a moderate disability after sustaining a mild traumatic brain injury than children without ADHD. Detailed findings of this phenomenon are reported and discussed...in the Journal of Neurosurgery: Pediatrics..." Full Story

  6. Children With ADHD Should Stay Away from Sports Like Basketball and Football (Parent Herald, Jun 27, 2013)

    "Children with ADHD (Attention Deficit hyperactivity Disorder) should stay away from sports such as football or basketball as they are at a greater risk of getting head injuries, which may result in moderate disabilities, a new study suggest..." Full Story

  7. Is iron deficiency causing psychiatric disorders in kids? (FoxNews.com, June 25, 2013)

    "A new study, authored by Taiwanese researcher Dr. Ya-Mei Bai, links iron deficiency anemia (IDA) with several psychiatric conditions – including major depression, bipolar disorder, attention deficit disorder and autism. The study reviewed data maintained in the Taiwan National Insurance Database from nearly 15,000 children and adolescents..." Full Story

  8. Children with Hyperactivity Engage in Low Levels of Physical Activity (Good Therapy, June 20, 2013)

    "Loran McWilliams of the Division of Psychiatry at the University of Nottingham’s Institute of Mental Health in the UK recently conducted a study involving 424 children between the ages of 9 and 11. She looked at how physical activity, sedentary behavior, and ADHD were related to risk for obesity, and also evaluated teacher ratings of hyperactivity not diagnosed as ADHD..." 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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