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ADHD in the News - July 21, 2011

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  1. Older, yet still restless (Spokesman-Review, July 19, 2011)

    "As a boy, Mike Garza struggled in school. He missed graduating with his high school class because he failed Spanish. Three times he flunked out of college. "All through school, I couldn't stay focused," he said. "I always wondered what was wrong with me." At 62, Garza finally learned why it took days for him to complete a project that others finished in hours. Attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder had stalked him his entire life..." Full Story

  2. Dr...Can You Give Me Adderall for My ADD? (Psychiatric Times, July 12, 2011)

    "As a primary care clinician, you probably now see adults who-- as children-- were treated with amphetamines or methylphenidate for ADD/ADHD and who now want to resume treatment. These patients may attribute their perceived cognitive limitations as a manifestation of ADD. Other patients believe that undiagnosed ADD is to blame for their struggles in a number of areas. In the context of a busy primary care practice, how can you efficiently determine whether a patient really has ADD and -- if he or she does-- develop a treatment plan? The following questions can help you quickly establish a diagnosis..." Full Story

  3. Preemies at Risk for Psychiatric Disorders as Teens, Study Contends (HealthDay News, July 20, 2011)

    "Premature infants are at greater risk for certain psychiatric disorders as teenagers, including attention deficit hyperactivity and depression, a new study suggests. These mental health problems are the result of brain injuries affecting cortical development as well as neural connectivity, said the study authors, from Columbia University Medical Center..." Full Story

  4. Disability tax credit program being abused, psychiatrist says (National Post [Canadian], July 19, 2011)

    "There has been a flood of attention-deficit disorder patients applying for disability tax credits, despite the fact many do not qualify for the credit or need it, one of Canada's leading experts on the disorder says. Dr. Umesh Jain said he is worried that deserving patients who could easily file the applications on their own are being exploited by companies that process the requests, and that the surge of applications could put undue stress on the tax-credit program..." Full Story

  5. Rodent of the Week: Ritalin and Prozac -- a troubling combo for children? (Los Angeles Times, July 15, 2011)

    "Four in 10 kids who get a diagnosis of either depression or attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) end up getting both diagnoses sometime in their young lives. That means a lot will spend some part of their adolescence taking two psychiatric medications: methylphenidate (better known by its commercial name, Ritalin) and fluoxetine (better known as Prozac, the only of the new-generation antidepressants approved for kids as young as 8 years old). A new study conducted on rats suggests that taking that combination of drugs may change the adults they will become in ways that are distinctly troubling..." Full Story

  6. As New Data Wave Begins, a Gene Study in One Disease Reveals Mutations in an Unrelated Disease (Science Daily, July 20, 2011)

    "Often enough, in science as in life, unexpected knowledge has a personal impact. Researchers seeking rare gene variants in just a few individuals with attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) discovered that one patient had a novel combination of two mutations. Those mutations caused a different disease, unrelated to ADHD -- a blood disorder called idiopathic hemolytic anemia..." Full Story

  7. Another Danger of Secondhand Smoke -- Hearing Loss (Science Daily, July 18, 2011)

    "NYU School of Medicine researchers report in a new study that exposure to tobacco smoke nearly doubles the risk of hearing loss among adolescents. The study is published in the July, 2011, issue of Archives of Otolaryngology -- Head & Neck Surgery..." Full Story

  8. Perspective: Irritable Mood and Emotional Outbursts Beyond Typical ADHD (Elsevier Global Medical News, July 18, 2011)

    "Some respond well to comprehensive treatment for ADHD and get better. Others, however, continue to erupt with emotional outbursts that are different in character and intensity than what we've come to expect from treatment-responsive kids with ADHD. The mood state seems disproportionate to the ADHD, and is not a side effect of stimulant medication...Child and adolescent psychiatrists initially began to wonder: Why are these kids not responding to treatment? Why is their mood so difficult to manage? Why these outbursts and constant irritability? Could this be something other than ADHD?.." 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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