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ADHD in the News - July 17, 2014

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

  1. ADHD drug works by stimulating brain’s motivation-reward system (Clinical Psychiatry News Digital Network, July 15, 2014)

    "Activity in the regions of the brain associated with motivation and reward correlated with clinical improvements in attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder symptoms in adults given lisdexamfetamine dimesylate, the results of an imaging study have shown..." Full Story

  2. Validity of change in DSM-5 attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) age of onset criterion confirmed (ScienceDaily, July 14, 2014)

    "A recent study confirms the validity of the DSM-5 change to the age of onset criterion for diagnosis of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). In DSM-5, age of onset criterion for ADHD, previously set at 7 in DSM-IV, has been raised to 12. As explained in DSM-5, age of onset is now set at 12, rather than an earlier age, to reflect the importance of clinical presentation during childhood for accurate diagnosis, while also acknowledging the difficulties in establishing precise childhood onset retrospectively..." Full Story

  3. Study links poor early language skills to later behavior and attention problems (Medical Xpress, July 16, 2014)

    "A new Indiana University study has tracked the links between early language skills and subsequent behavior problems in young children. Poor language skills, the study suggests, limit the ability to control one's behavior, which in turn can lead to behavior problems such as ADHD and other disorders of inattention and hyperactivity..." Full Story

  4. A ‘High’ From Marijuana Is Really the Opposite in Your Brain (TIME, July 14, 2014)

    "A new study suggests marijuana blunts the brain’s reaction to dopamine, making users less responsive to the chemical responsible for feelings of reward and pleasure..." Full Story

  5. DAT Function Links Parkinsonism, ADHD (Medscape, July 14, 2014)

    "Danish researchers believe they are the first to identify a genetic connection between parkinsonism manifesting in early adulthood and specific mutations in the presynaptic sodium-coupled dopamine transporter (DAT) gene. Their research suggests that 2 mutations in the DAT gene (SLC6A3) may be involved not only in early-onset parkinsonism but also in attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), bipolar disorder, and autism..." Full Story

  6. Judo champion joins forces with ADHD Foundation (Click Liverpool, July 17, 2014)

    "Commonwealth medallist, judo champion and paralympic hopeful, Jonathan Drane, has become a patron of the ADHD Foundation. The visually impaired athlete, who has won a bronze medal in the Commonwealth Championships and represented his country in numerous competitions throughout the world, was keen to work with Liverpool-based charity as he himself has ADHD..." Full Story

  7. How Staying Up Late Could Hurt Your Fertility (Huffington Post, July 16, 2014)

    "Darkness is important for optimum reproductive health in women, and for protecting the developing fetus, said study researcher Russel J. Reiter, a professor of cellular biology at the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio. In a review of studies published online July 1 in the journal Fertility and Sterility, Reiter and his colleagues evaluated previously published research, and summarized the role of melatonin levels and circadian rhythms on successful reproduction in females..." Full Story

  8. How Family Game Night Makes Kids Into Better Students (The Atlantic, July 16, 2014)

    "There has been a lot of recent attention focused on the importance of executive function for successful learning...It turns out that some of my family’s favorite games are educational tools in disguise. Dr. Bill Hudenko, child psychologist and assistant professor of psychiatry at Dartmouth’s Geisel School of Medicine, uses board games in his practice to diagnose and strengthen these much-touted executive function skills. He also encourages parents to play these games with their children at home..." 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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