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ADHD in the News - July 14, 2011

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

  1. 2011: ADHD Treatments Reviewed (Suite101.com, July 13, 2011)

    "Researchers at Brown and Duke Universities collaborated in an upcoming ADHD article. They reviewed over 200 prior studies and weighed in on ADHD treatments...Parents and researchers will find a useful summary of numerous ADHD treatments and research is coming out in the August 2011 issue of Pharmacology, Biochemistry, and Behavior. If you are a parent and/or researcher for ADHD, this article is chockfull of information and the reference list is golden, covering over 200 academic and professional sources..." Full Story

  2. Why Some Entrepreneurs Call ADHD a "Superpower" (Wall Street Journal, July 12, 2011)

    "People who have it sometimes like to call it their superpower, but in reality, attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, or ADHD, is a learning disability. Still, it's surprisingly common among high-achieving business founders, and entrepreneurs afflicted with it are in good company, with Kinko's founder Paul Orfalea and JetBlue founder David Neeleman among the many who talk openly about their having attention-deficit issues. It stands to reason that ADHD would thrive among those calling the shots. While they are often labeled as misfits inside big organizations, their restless creativity dovetails with the high-drama problem-solving associated with running a start-up..." Full Story

  3. Secondhand Smoke Linked to Learning Disabilities, ADHD in Kids (TIME, July 11, 2011)

    "Kids who grow up among smokers are more likely than kids in smoke-free homes to suffer from a number of neurobehavioral disorders, including attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), learning disabilities and conduct disorders. That's the finding from a new study published online this week in the medical journal Pediatrics..." Full Story

  4. Secondhand Smoke May Boost Risk of Learning Problems, ADHD (WebMD Health News, July 11, 2011)

    "Children exposed to secondhand smoke in the home are more likely than children in smoke-free homes to develop behavior and learning problems, according to new research. These include learning disabilities, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, and behavior and conduct disorders. Worse, the problems often come in twos or more. "We found that children who are exposed to secondhand smoke in the home have a 50% increased odds of having two or three of these common neurobehavioral disorders," says researcher Hillel Alpert, ScM, at the Harvard School of Public Health..." Full Story

  5. Knowing the effects of lead in the home (Evansville Courier & Press, July 10, 2011)

    "I recently attended an all-day training session to become a "Certified Risk Assessor" for Repair Restoration and Painting (RRP). I thought it was just another plaque to hang on my wall or add to my resume. However, what I discovered was that lead is a poisonous material that the public has ignored far too long. People have not been properly informed of the dangers associated with lead-based paint...Lead-based paint is very poisonous to children, causing nervous system disorders and kidney damage, decreased intelligence, ADD and learning disabilities, and speech and behavioral problems..." Full Story

  6. Addicted in Hollywood: Scary Lengths Stars Go to Stay Scary Skinny (FoxNews.com, July 8, 2011)

    "Dangerous dieting is as old as Hollywood. And it can be deadly...Now experts say destructive dieting only getting worse. "It is such an image-conscious industry. I find more and more women and men are utilizing whatever they can do to try and stay thin. People are looking for a quick and easy way to cheat," Dr. Reef Karim, director of The Control Center and assistant clinical professor at the UCLA Semel Institute for Neuroscience, told FOX411's Pop Tarts..." Full Story

  7. Opinion: "Dogma on mental illness is a threat to progress" (Wellcome Trust, July 11, 2011)

    "It is commonplace for people to hold very firm views about the nature and causes of mental illness, based on hunch, ideological perspective and anecdote. For example, some believe all mental illness is explained by adverse social circumstances; others think that it simply reflects a lack of ability to cope with life's stresses. While many people are very supportive of the need for better understanding of mental health, even highly intelligent and otherwise open-minded individuals not infrequently hold dogmatic but ill-informed views about mental illness..." 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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