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ADHD in the News - September 12, 2013

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

  1. Mindfulness Training Improves Attention in Children (ScienceDaily, September 5, 2013)

    "A short training course in mindfulness improves children's ability to ignore distractions and concentrate better. These are the findings of a study carried out by Dominic Crehan and Dr Michelle Ellefson at the University of Cambridge being presented today, 6 September 2013, at the British Psychological Society's Cognitive Developmental Psychology Annual Conference at the University of Reading..." Full Story

  2. Dramatic Increase in Use of Meds to Treat ADHD (PsychCentral, September 11, 2013)

    "Globally, use of stimulant medications to treat Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and Autism Spectrum Disorders has changed significantly over the past decade. Scandinavian researchers used an innovative research method to study changes in treatment approaches for adolescents and children. They discovered the use of stimulant medications has increased by five-fold over the past several years. As published in Journal of Child and Adolescent Psychopharmacology (JCAP), researchers studied more than 850,000 children born in Denmark between 1990 and 2001..." Full Story

  3. LAUSD Taps Animated Lessons To Teach Social Skills (the Journal, September 9, 2013)

    "Los Angeles schools are adopting a Web-based service to support their students with social learning challenges such as autism, Asperger's Syndrome, and ADHD. The Los Angeles Unified School District will be using The Social Express from Language Express to deliver animated lessons to students that model the social skills they need in developing relationships with others..." Full Story

  4. Hyperactivity linked to inner ear disorders (Digital Journal, September 8, 2013)

    "Inner ear disorders are often linked to the brain. A new study suggests that such conditions could be one of the causes of hyperactivity...This link between the brain, the inner ear, and hyperactive behavior has been shown in a study conducted in mice...the findings have been published in the journal Science..." Full Story

  5. Double Diagnosis: When Your Child Has ADHD and Autism (EveryDay Health, September 5, 2013)

    "Nearly a third of children with autism have ADHD symptoms, yet until recently, medical guidelines didn't allow for both to be diagnosed in the same child. Learn how one mom found the comprehensive treatment her son needed for both disorders..." Full Story

  6. Rewriting Your Genetic Blueprint (Syracuse New Times, September 11, 2013)

    "Do we make genes our scapegoats? How often have you heard someone say, “I’ll probably get (fill in the blank disease) because it’s in my genes.” This thinking is understandable, but there is more to the story. Research shows that genes, which carry traits from one generation to another and were once considered unchangeable elements in our biological blueprint, can be altered during a person’s lifetime..." Full Story

  7. Anxiety In Your Head Could Come From Your Gut (ABC News, September 12, 2013)

    "Dr. James Greenblatt, a Boston-area psychiatrist, had a puzzling case: a teenager arrived in his office with severe obsessive–compulsive disorder (OCD), as well as attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and an array of digestive problems...Greenblatt first did a simple urine test for the metabolite HPHPA, the chemical byproduct of the clostridia bacteria, and found that it was elevated. He put her on a course of high-powered probiotics to boost her good bacteria, followed by antibiotics, and her levels began to "dramatically" go down, he said..." 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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