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ADHD in the News - June 28, 2012

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

  1. Managing the costs of ADHD (CNBC.com, June 22, 2012)

    "Many parents are caught in a financial vise. They want to spend whatever it takes to ensure a successful future for their child, but don't want to bankrupt the family. In challenging economic times such as ours, the stakes are even higher. The Federal Reserve reports that the median net worth of American households tanked by 39 percent from 2007 to 2010, which means there's limited disposable income for extraordinary needs. Here, are some tips for striking the right balance.." Full Story

  2. Stimulant Medication Shortages Update: You Helped CHADD to Make a Difference (CHADD Leadership Blog, June 25, 2012)

    "CHADD has worked hard to address the shortages, and we are seeing some real changes take place--both in resolving the immediate shortages and in solving the problem long-term. We have been working closely with legislators, peer associations, government agencies, and pharmaceutical companies to get to the causes and to address them..." Full Story

  3. Early ADHD treatment may ward off problems in school (Fox News, June 25, 2012)

    "New research from Iceland suggests kids who get early treatment for their attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder don't have as much trouble on national standardized tests as those who aren't prescribed medication until age 11 or 12..." Full Story

  4. Early ADHD Treatment May Save Math Skills (Medpage Today, June 25, 2012)

    "Starting treatment for attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) sooner rather than later appears to lower the likelihood of a decline in academic performance as children move from elementary to middle school, researchers found. Among Icelandic children receiving ADHD medications, those who started treatment later had greater risks of a decline in math performance (RR 1.7, 95% CI 1.2 to 2.4), an association that was stronger in girls than in boys, according to Helga Zoëga, PhD, of Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York City, and colleagues..." Full Story

  5. Supermom's Secret Addiction: Stepping Out of Adderall's Shadow (ABC News, June 26, 2012)

    "All over America there are moms in the shadows drowning in their daily responsibilities and turning to the prescription drug Adderall for relief. Adderall is a drug for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, but these women don't have ADHD; they say they need Adderall to be better mothers. Between 2002 and 2010, there's been a 750 percent increase in Adderall prescriptions for women between 26 and 39. Critics say clearly not all of these women need the drug for ADHD..." Full Story

  6. 1 in 4 Use ADD Drugs for Recreational Use, BrainPhysics.com Survey Reveals (PRNewswire, June 27, 2012)

    "In response to recent headlines regarding the abuse of Adderall and other drugs used to treat ADD/ADHD, BrainPhysics.com partnered with OpposingViews.com to poll readers regarding the recreational use of ADD/ADHD medication. The general market audience of OpposingViews.com responded in force, indicating that many of them are not only familiar with the problem but have used these drugs for recreation..." Full Story

  7. Study: 'Daily Report Cards' Improve Behavior of Students With ADHD (Education Week, June 25, 2012)

    "Getting report cards once every six, eight, or 10 weeks is probably too often for some students. How about every day? So-called "daily report cards" appear to improve the behavior of students with ADHD, a new What Works Clearinghouse review of a study concludes. Teachers create daily report cards that are lists of target behaviors and behavior goals for students that are aligned with their special education plans. Teachers in this 2010 study used them to provide students with constant feedback, and they were sent home to parents every day. Parents had to reward or punish students based on the results of the daily report card..." Full Story

  8. New Actions Hero App to Help People Living with ADD/ADHD Manage Time (PRWeb, June 27, 2012)

    "With as many as 10 percent of U.S. kids struggling with attention deficit disorder (ADD) or attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and more adults who remain undiagnosed, millions of Americans live with ADD/ADHD and a short attention span. Saving the day for anyone living with ADD/ADHD, a new "Actions Hero" app focused on time management is being developed through an Indiegogo fundraising project..." Full Story

  9. FDA approves Actavis ADHD drug (Drug Store News, June 25, 2012)

    "The Food and Drug Administration has approved a generic drug for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder made by Actavis, the drug maker said Monday..." 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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