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ADHD in the News - August 15, 2013

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

  1. ADHD + Texting = Double Trouble for Teen Drivers, Study Finds (HealthDay News, August 12, 2013)

    "Teens with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder are worse drivers than their peers who don't have ADHD and texting only compounds their problems on the road, a new study shows. What's more, texting behind the wheel is so distracting it makes normal teens drive as poorly as those who have ADHD, underscoring the danger to any driver of trying to text and operate a car at the same time, the researchers noted...About half of teenagers admit to texting behind the wheel, according to a study published recently in the journal Pediatrics..." Full Story

  2. ADHD Drug Emergencies Quadrupled In 6 Years, Says Government Report (Forbes, August 13, 2013)

    "National data released by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) show that Ritalin, Adderall, and other ADHD drugs sent almost 23,000 young adults to the emergency room in 2011, a more than four-fold increase from 2005, when just 5,600 such visits were reported.The population group studied was 18-34, but the rise was most dramatic among 18- to 25-year-olds, Federal officials say..." Full Story

  3. Genetic Overlap Seen in Five Mental Disorders (HealthDay News, August 11, 2013)

    "The overlap is highest between schizophrenia and bipolar disorder (15 percent), moderate between bipolar disorder and depression and between attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and depression (about 10 percent), and lowest between schizophrenia and autism (3 percent). Overall, common genetic variations accounted for 17 percent to 28 percent of risk for the five mental disorders, according to the study published in the Aug. 11 issue of the journal Nature Genetics, which the researchers say is the largest genome-wide study of its kind..." Full Story

  4. ADHD Risk in Children Linked to Allergies, Asthma (PsychCentral, August 14, 2013)

    "A new study suggests a potential link between allergy, asthma and attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder in children. Experts say the number of children presenting with the three conditions is on the upswing in the United States. As published in the journal Annals of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology, researchers found an increased risk of ADHD in boys who have a history of allergy or asthma. ADHD is most commonly found in males, while asthma is also more common in young boys than girls..." Full Story

  5. 9 Tips to Boost Work Performance for Adults with ADHD (PsychCentral, August 12, 2013)

    "Overall, “adults with ADHD tend to earn less, are promoted less frequently, and are less likely to hold positions of authority.” Fortunately, however, you can manage your symptoms and learn the skills to boost your job performance and thrive in your position. These nine tips can help..." Full Story

  6. Meds or No Meds? How to Treat a Child with ADHD (U.S.News & World Report, August 15, 2013)

    "New clothes and notebooks and talk about favorite friends and tough teachers have made their way into American homes amid the exuberance and anxiety of a new school year. But for the millions of parents whose children struggle with attention deficity hyperactivity disorder, the back-to-school swirl of activity is tinged with another worry: whether behavioral challenges will stand in the way of their child's ability to learn and succeed..." Full Story

  7. Helpful tips to prepare children and teens with ADD/ADHD for school (KING5.com, August 12, 2013)

    "The start of the school year can be challenging for any family, especially those with students who have ADD or ADHD. That’s why it is important to get ready early and have a plan. Pediatrician Don Shifrin joined Margaret to offer helpful tips on how to prepare children with ADD/ADHD for school. Here are his notes, as well as helpful resources for families with students who have ADD/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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