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ADHD in the News - August 8, 2013

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

  1. Wide Disparities in ADHD Treatment Suggest Flawed Management of the Disorder (PRWeb, August 5, 2013)

    "The use of amphetamine medications to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in the United States varies widely from state to state and even more dramatically from one county to another, according to a new study by Abt Associates, showing treatment disparities are greater than previously assessed in other studies. The study, published in the advance November 2013 issue of Psychiatric Services, is the first to estimate treatment rates using prescription records of individuals and the first to generate rates at the county level as well as the national and state levels..." Full Story

  2. Doctors study babies' brains for cognitive disabilities link (ABC7News, August 5, 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

  3. One-in-10 children with ADHD receive correct diagnosis (Irish Medical Times, August 7, 2013)

    "An internationally-renowned expert on ADHD and conduct disorders believes that while there has been a greater recognition of ADHD, clinicians are still only correctly diagnosing a fraction of such cases...Dr David Coghill is a senior member of the European Network for Hyperkinetic Disorders (EUNETHYDIS) who has taken a leading role in the development of European guidelines for the assessment and management of ADHD and a programme to aid clinicians to implement these guidelines into practice..." Full Story

  4. Games' hidden purpose: Tracking, diagnosing ADHD (Medical Xpress, August 7, 2013)

    "Noah Madson remembers being exhausted after hours of tests for his attention deficit hyperactivity disorder...Noah is part of a pilot study for CogCubed, a Minneapolis-based startup that develops games to help diagnose and ameliorate cognitive disorders such as ADHD. The company has already attracted $20,000 in funding from Google and is a semifinalist in the Minnesota Cup, a competition for entrepreneurs..." Full Story

  5. Video Games Boost Visual Attention but Reduce Impulse Control (Science Daily, August 4, 2013)

    "A person playing a first-person shooter video game like Halo or Unreal Tournament must make decisions quickly. That fast-paced decision-making, it turns out, boosts the player's visual skills but comes at a cost, according to new research: reducing the person's ability to inhibit impulsive behavior. This reduction in what is called "proactive executive control" appears to be yet another way that violent video games can increase aggressive behavior..." Full Story

  6. Early BPA Exposure Linked to Depression, Inattention in Kids (Medscape, August 7, 2013)

    "Early life exposure to bisphenol A (BPA) may be linked to an increased risk for the development of several types of behavior problems, new research suggests. A study of almost 292 participants showed that prenatal exposure to BPA, as measured in maternal urine tests, was associated with internalizing behaviors, such as anxiety and depression, in the boys at the age of 7 years but not in the girls..." Full Story

  7. Mixed Reaction to FDA Approval of ADHD Brain-Wave Test (Medscape.com, August 7, 2013)

    "Reactions have been mixed regarding the recent approval by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) of the first brain-wave testing system for attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in children and adolescents. The new system is based on electroencephalogram (EEG) technology. As reported by Medscape Medical News, the FDA approved the noninvasive Neuropsychiatric EEG-Based Assessment Aid (NEBA) system in July as a conjunctive tool in diagnosing ADHD in individuals between the ages of 6 and 17 years..." Full Story

  8. What's To Blame For Your Brain Fog: Menopause Or ADHD? (Huffington Post, August 6, 2013)

    "Where are my keys? If it's the umpteenth time you've asked that question today, you're undoubtedly frustrated. Chances are you want to find the cause -- and fix it before you go and lose your keys again!...Of course, there's perimenopause and menopause, which are both infamous for an inability to focus and memory loss...But then there's also Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and its own unique brand of spacey behavior..." 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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