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ADHD in the News - June 30, 2011

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  1. Perfluorochemicals Linked With Impulsivity (Chemical & Engineering News, June 29, 2011)

    "Children's exposure to a growing list of industrial chemicals, including certain pesticides and phthalates, has been linked to development of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Now evidence suggests that perfluorinated chemicals (PFCs) boost ADHD risks by making children prone to impulsive behavior..." Full Story

  2. Computer-Assisted Medication Management Helpful in ADHD (Medscape Medical News, June 27, 2011)

    "Computer-assisted medication management may be helpful in patients with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), according to the results of a randomized trial reported online June 13 in Pediatrics. "Medication is effective in reducing [ADHD] symptoms, but community management is suboptimal," write John V. Lavigne, PhD, from the Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Children's Memorial Hospital, Chicago, Illinois, and colleagues. "Computer-assisted decision-making can improve quality of care. Structured titration procedures can improve outcomes, but centralized procedures to identify optimal levels may be difficult to implement."..." Full Story

  3. ADA: Antipsychotics Change Metabolism in Kids (MedPage Today, June 26, 2011)

    "Antipsychotics appear to increase body fat and increase the risk of metabolic abnormalities in children and adolescents, researchers said here. Those taking atypical antipsychotics for three months had significant increases in body weight and insulin resistance over baseline, John Newcomer, MD, of the University of Washington, and colleagues reported at the American Diabetes Association meeting here..." Full Story

  4. Playtime helps ADHD kids learn new skills (Sydney Morning Herald, June 27, 2011)

    "Teaching children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) how to understand common social cues can help them overcome problems in the playground, a study shows. Researchers from the University of Sydney carried out a pilot study looking at whether children with ADHD could improve their social skills if they were taught how to recognise social cues such as fear and boredom through play..." Full Story

  5. Rising Enrollments of Students with Disabilities at Higher Education Institutions (Youth Today, June 24, 2011)

    "College and other post-secondary enrollments of students with disabilities continue to rise in the United States--with 88 percent of the institutions reporting enrolling students with disabilities in the 2008-2009 school years. This, coupled with recent legislation including the Americans with Disabilities Act, has generated significant interest in research on how accessible higher education opportunities are for those students with disabilities..." Full Story

  6. Researchers Note Brain Changes in Preschoolers with ADHD (Education Week, June 23, 2011)

    "This month, The Clinical Neuropsychologist published a study showing that a region of the brain important for cognitive and motor control was smaller in preschoolers (ages 4 and 5) with attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder than in typically developing children of the same age range. The study was among the first to use magnetic-resonance-imaging technology to examine the brain structures of children under age 7, the official upper age limit to diagnose ADHD..." Full Story

  7. ADHD in the Workplace (D Magazine, June 27, 2011)

    "Whether it's the CEO or an employee who has the condition, harnessing the energy of trendsetting, out-of-the-box thinkers can boost productivity and job satisfaction..." Full Story

  8. Helping Area Jewish Adults With ADD (Jewish Times, June 23, 2011)

    "I'm writing this article because I feel driven to spread the word about the prevalence of ADD in adults, particularly in our community, and to explain why it matters. I also feel compelled to address the many misconceptions that are held about ADD. The truth is that this condition can devastate the lives of individuals and families; it impacts every area of life that our community cares about. Yet it is very treatable, and deserves to be understood. ADD is not trivial, but neither is it crippling or hopeless -- unless it is not addressed..." Full Story

  9. ADHD Coaching + 9 Tips to Find the Right Coach (Psych Central, June 28, 2011)

    "When you have attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), making certain changes, following through on projects, managing your time, accomplishing your goals and even getting to work on time can be difficult. Symptoms such as inattention, distractibility and restlessness cause you to get stuck--on a regular basis. But a coach who specializes in ADHD can help. Sandy Maynard, MS, a veteran ADHD coach who operates Catalytic Coaching, discusses how ADHD coaches can--and can't--help clients, and how readers can find the right coach for them..." Full Story

  10. Girls affected by ADHD often overlooked (6ABC.com, June 26, 2011)

    ""They called me Sugar Rush in middle school, because I was so hyper," recalls a local teen. Learning is a year-round process for 16-year-old Olivia McQuiggan, a student at Conestoga High School. Although she loves it, it can be a challenge because she has ADHD, or attention deficit hyperactivity disorder..." Full Story

  11. Former 'poster child for female ADHD' decides her past won't hold her back (Washington Post, June 27, 2011)

    "A few weeks ago, after completing my last class of college, I Googled my name. I knew I wouldn't like what I saw, but I did it anyway. Eight hundred forty-five Google hits later, I was having a panic attack about what prospective employers and graduate schools would find: my tainted online reputation. Rewind five years. It's my senior year of high school. I've been accepted to several colleges, and I've just come to terms with the fact that I grew up with attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder and finally begun to embrace the diagnosis as part of who I am..." Full Story

  12. Growing Prescription Drug Shortages Alarm Falls Pharmacists (Menomonee Falls Patch, June 29, 2011)

    "Last year, the number of newly reported prescription drug shortages in the United States hit a record total of 211. Already during the first quarter of 2011, there have been 196 reported shortages and if the trend continues, the number of drug shortages will double those seen in 2010. That was the alarming message presented at Community Memorial Hospital recently during a President's Advisory Council meeting. Terry Audley, the hospital's Pharmacy Clinical Supervisor and Mark Meranda, the hospital's Outpatient Pharmacist, painted a disturbing picture of the situation for area business leaders who attended..." 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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