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ADHD in the News - July 11, 2013

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

  1. Adult Eating Disorder + ADHD = Clinical Challenges (PsychCentral, July 11, 2013)

    "Researchers followed 191 patients and discovered that symptoms of hyperactivity due to attention and hyperactivity deficits (ADHD) were associated with more impulsivity and more severity among patients with eating disorders...In the current study, published in the online edition of the journal BMC Psychiatry, researchers from Bellvitge University Hospital collaborated with investigators from the Department of Psychiatry of the Vall d’Hebron University Hospital..." Full Story

  2. Stimulants May Protect Against Drug Abuse in Kids With ADHD (Medscape, July 10, 2013)

    "In a large, prospective, longitudinal study investigating the effect of stimulant medication on the development of substance use disorder (SUD) in ADHD, investigators from the State University of New York Upstate Medical University in Syracuse found that adolescents with ADHD who were not treated with a stimulant medication for their disorder had a 2-fold increased risk of developing an SUD compared with their counterparts who were treated. Untreated adolescents with ADHD also had a 2.6-fold increased risk of developing an SUD compared with a healthy, age-matched control group...The study was published online July 11 in the British Journal of Psychiatry..." Full Story

  3. ADHD Drugs Don't Boost Kids' Grades (Wall Street Journal, July 8, 2013)

    "A June study looked at medication usage and educational outcomes of nearly 4,000 students in Quebec over an average of 11 years and found that boys who took ADHD drugs actually performed worse in school than those with a similar number of symptoms who didn't. Girls taking the medicine reported more emotional problems, according to a working paper published on the website of the National Bureau of Economic Research, a nonprofit economics research firm..." Full Story

  4. Doctors study brains of premature babies for ADHD link (ABC7, July 4, 2013)

    "In the first study of its kind, scientists have pinpointed differences in the developing brain that may increase the risk of cognitive disabilities, such as attention deficit hyperactivity disorders. Doctors believe being able to intervene this early may help kids avoid the consequences of ADHD..." Full Story

  5. IVF Children Face Lower Risk Of Mental Disorders Than Children Born Through Egg Stimulation Techniques (Medical Daily, July 10, 2013)

    "Researchers from Denmark have recently completed an analysis comparing the mental health of children who are naturally conceived and those who are conceived through artificial means. Their findings revealed that although children born through in vitro fertilization (IVF) showed no sign of diminished mental health, children born through ovulation or egg stimulation techniques were considered at risk of various mental disorders, such as autism and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)..." Full Story

  6. ADHD Medication Abuse On College Campus' (KMPH Fox 26, July 5, 2013)

    "Studies estimate more than one-third of college students take Attention-Deficit drugs without a prescription. Many claim the drugs help them focus, or give them extra energy to study during stressful times at school. Dr. Ted Grace, Dir. of Student Health Services, for Southern Illinois University says, "These are unfortunate kind of barriers for those who need the treatment..." Full Story

  7. Ritalin Shows Promise in Treating Addiction (Science Daily, June 27, 2013)

    "A single dose of a commonly-prescribed attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) drug helps improve brain function in cocaine addiction, according to an imaging study conducted by researchers from the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. Methylphenidate (brand name Ritalin®) modified connectivity in certain brain circuits that underlie self-control and craving among cocaine-addicted individuals. The research is published in the current issue of JAMA Psychiatry, a JAMA network publication..." Full Story >

  8. Are Kids With Gadgets More Likely to Have ADHD? (Mashable, July 2, 2013)

    "The rise in ADHD has coincided with the rise of mobile devices. According to a report by the Kaiser Family Foundation, children on average spend nearly seven and a half hours each day staring at screens. That's up 20% from just five years ago. Is there a relationship between the two? Yes, but it's not so clear-cut..." Full Story

  9. Breakthrough Study Reveals Biological Basis for Sensory Processing Disorders in Kids (Science Daily, July 9, 2013)

    "In a groundbreaking new study from UC San Francisco, researchers have found that children affected with SPD have quantifiable differences in brain structure, for the first time showing a biological basis for the disease that sets it apart from other neurodevelopmental disorders. One of the reasons SPD has been overlooked until now is that it often occurs in children who also have ADHD or autism, and the disorders have not been listed in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual used by psychiatrists and psychologists..." Full Story

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