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ADHD in the News - August 18, 2011

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  1. 1 in 10 US kids have ADHD, study finds (MSNBC, August 18, 2011)

    "Nearly one in 10 children in the United States is being diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, according to a new government study. That's an increase of more than 2 percent in ADHD diagnoses compared to a decade ago, researchers from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported today. The new findings don't necessarily mean that more kids are developing ADHD, said the study's lead author Dr. Lara Akinbami, a medical officer at the CDC's National Center for Health Statistics. "This change is reflected in numerous national data sets," Akinbami explained. "It's robust and real. But we can't say whether it's a true increase in prevalence or just better detection."..." Full Story

  2. SSI Program For ADHD, Other Disabled Kids Under Scrutiny (Kaiser Health News, August 18, 2011)

    "To those who believe the federal Supplemental Security Income program for severely disabled children is a lifesaver and not a boondoggle, Hulston Poe is a great example. The four-year-old was diagnosed with severe ADHD last October, after more than a year of violent temper tantrums, and kicked out of preschool. Case workers said there wasn't much they could do for him. "We were at a standstill," said his mother, Suzanne Poe, who was scraping by as a single parent of two in Des Moines, Iowa. But when doctors recommended she enroll her son in the SSI program this year, everything changed..." Full Story

  3. Scientists show how gene variant linked to ADHD could operate (NIH News, August 16, 2011)

    "NIH study in mice shows a potential new target for the treatment of ADHD. A study using mice provides insight into how a specific receptor subtype in the brain could play a role in increasing a person's risk for attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). The research, conducted by the Intramural Research Program (IRP) at the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), part of the National Institutes of Health, could also help explain how stimulants work to treat symptoms of ADHD..." Full Story

  4. Antidepressants Don't Impact Stimulants' Efficacy in ADHD (Doctors Lounge, August 16, 2011)

    "In adults with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, concomitant use of antidepressants does not affect the safety or efficacy of osmotic release oral system methylphenidate, according to a study published online Aug. 5 in CNS Neuroscience & Therapeutics..." Full Story

  5. Causal Link Between Atopic Dermatitis, ADHD Remains Elusive (Internal Medicine News, August 15, 2011)

    "Evidence suggests that a strong positive correlation exists between atopic disease and attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder. But since all studies of the issue to date have been observational, "a causal relationship cannot be inferred," according to a research commentary in the August issue of the Archives of Dermatology..." Full Story

  6. Profile of ADHD sharpens in each school year (Los Angeles Times, August 13, 2011)

    "In many households, the start of a new school year is a cause for excitement. There are new books to read, friends to be made, pencils to sharpen. But in the Gigliotti household in Benicia, Calif., the anticipation is mixed with apprehension. The family's oldest son, Justin, has attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, which can be difficult to mesh with the routines and structure of the classroom...Plenty of parents have wondered whether their children are simply rambunctious, high-energy kids or if they have a behavioral disorder in need of treatment. As toddlers become preschoolers and preschoolers enter grade school, the question becomes easier to answer..." Full Story

  7. Squirrel!? ADHD and how it makes for successful sales executives (Inside Tucson Business, August 12, 2011)

    "I'm making the case that many adults who have been diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactive disorder (ADHD) self selected for careers in sales. It's even possible that many successful sales exectives who haven't been diagnosed, nevertheless exhibit ADHD-like behaviors to the benefit of both themselves and their companies..." Full Story

  8. Intestinal Protein May Have Role in ADHD, Other Neurological Disorders (Science Daily, August 11, 2011)

    "A biochemical pathway long associated with diarrhea and intestinal function may provide a new therapeutic target for treating ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder) other neuropsychiatric disorders, according to a team of scientists from China and the United States reporting Aug. 11 in Science. Scientists have for the last quarter century studied the intestinal membrane receptor protein, guanylyl cyclase-C (GC-C) for its role in diarrheal disease and other intestinal functions, according to Mitchell Cohen, M.D., U.S. author on the study and director of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center. In fact, it had been thought that GC-C was found primarily in the intestine. In the current study, scientists in China who collaborated with Dr. Cohen discovered that the receptor is also expressed in critical areas of the brain..." Full Story

  9. Director's Blog: Mental Illness Defined as Disruption in Neural Circuits (NIMH News, August 12, 2011)

    "It has become an NIMH mantra to describe mental disorders as brain disorders. What does this mean? Is it accurate to group schizophrenia, depression, and ADHD together with Alzheimer's disease, Parkinson's disease, and Huntington's disease? Is a neurologic approach to mental disorders helpful or does this focus on the brain lead to less attention to the mind?...With the advent of imaging techniques like PET, fMRI, MEG, and high resolution EEG, we can map the broad range of cortical function with high spatial and temporal resolution. For the first time, we can study the mind via the brain. Mapping patterns of cortical activity reveals mechanisms of mental function that are just not apparent by observing behavior...." Full Story

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