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ADHD in the News - September 13, 2012

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

  1. Mom's Diabetes, Income May Lead to Child's ADHD (MedPage Today, September 10, 2012)

    "Maternal diabetes during pregnancy and/or economic status may predict a child's risk for attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), results of a population-based study showed...However, fully breastfeeding the child offered some protective effect against ADHD (aOR 0.83, 95% CI 0.69 to 0.996), the authors reported in research letter in the Archives of Pediatric Adolescent Medicine online..." Full Story

  2. Girls, ADHD, and Suicide (CHADD Leadership Blog, September 11, 2012)

    "This week is National Suicide Prevention Week, and it reminds me once again of the risk to all of our young people. As a mother, I can think of nothing more devastating than losing a young person to suicide. Almost 16 percent of students in grades 9 to 12 report having seriously considered suicide, and 7.8 percent report having attempted suicide one or more times in the past twelve months, according to U.S. Surgeon General Regina Benjamin. These are sobering statistics for all of us..." Full Story

  3. Do different kinds of disruptive kids start from the same place? (Prevention Action, September 10, 2012)

    "Conduct disorder, ADHD, and oppositional defiant disorder are considered separate diagnoses of chronic behavioral problems. But despite their differences, these conditions develop from similar risk factors in children's environments, a recent review argues..." Full Story

  4. Increased Off Label Antipsychotic Drug Use Found Among Children (Science Daily, September 10, 2012)

    "A national study conducted by researchers at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) shows increased use of powerful antipsychotic drugs to treat publicly insured children over the last decade. The study, published September 10 in the journal Health Services Research, found a 62 percent increase in the number of Medicaid-enrolled children ages 3 to 18 taking antipsychotics, reaching a total of 354,000 children by 2007..." Full Story

  5. Not 'the most wonderful time of the year' - National Survey Shows Back to School Stress Lasts the Entire School Year (Scramento Bee, September 13, 2012)

    "As the new school year begins, a survey conducted by the Centre of ADHD Awareness Canada (CADDAC) finds that when parents were asked to define their levels of stress, they indicated that dealing with their child's behavioural challenges was the most stressful..." Full Story

  6. Brains of Children with ADHD Show Protein Deficiency (PsychCentral, September 10, 2012)

    "New research on children with attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder has found a deficiency of a necessary brain chemical. Children with ADHD appear to have nearly 50 percent lower levels of an amino acid called tryptophan, a protein which helps in the production of dopamine, noradrenaline, and serotonin. It also is important for attention and learning..." Full Story

  7. Does Your Child Have ADHD? Changing Their Diet Could Improve Symptoms (Medical Daily, September 10, 2012)

    "ADHD can be very disruptive to daily living, whether it affects children or adults. There are lots of theories flying around about how to best treat the condition naturally, with diet being one of the most talked about. When it comes to nutrition and ADHD, there are no definitive recommendations and this is an area where individual responses to certain dietary measures can vary drastically, with one change producing dramatic results for one person and no change in another. It certainly cannot hurt to experiment, however and below you will find some recommendations that may help..." Full Story

  8. Supplementing with Omega-3 fatty acids might improve reading and behaviour for some children (Medical Xpress, September 10, 2012)

    "A new study by the University of Oxford has shown that daily supplements of omega-3 fatty acids (Docosahexaenoic acid, or DHA) improved the reading and behaviour of underperforming children in mainstream primary schools..." Full Story

  9. Paying Attention to Adult ADHD (DailyRX, September 11, 2012)

    "Everyone has trouble focusing from time to time, but for those with ADHD, the issue can place a large amount of strain and struggle on everyday life. Some who have the disorder as children grow out of it, but for adults who retain their ADHD symptoms, understanding the disorder in the context of adulthood takes on a new importance..." 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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