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ADHD in the News - September 15, 2011

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

  1. For kids with ADHD, regular 'green time' is linked to milder symptoms (Eurekalert, September 15, 2011)

    "A study of more than 400 children diagnosed with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder has found a link between the children's routine play settings and the severity of their symptoms, researchers report. Those who regularly play in outdoor settings with lots of green (grass and trees, for example) have milder ADHD symptoms than those who play indoors or in built outdoor environments, the researchers found. The association holds even when the researchers controlled for income and other variables. The study appears in the journal Applied Psychology: Health and Well-Being..." Full Story

  2. Pants-wearing sponge blamed for kids' poor attention spans (MSNBC, September 12, 2011)

    "Rapid pace of the cartoon 'SpongeBob SquarePants' might be too much for preschoolers to take in, researcher says. Back in 2005 he caught flak from a Christian evangelical group because its leader thought he was gay. Now a small new study suggests he could be turning preschoolers' minds to mush. The study, published online Monday by the journal Pediatrics, found watching a snippet of a SpongeBob cartoon negatively affected 4-year-olds' attention spans. Watching a more realistic PBS cartoon did not..." Full Story

  3. Continued Use of Stimulants for ADHD Likely Does Not Increase Risk for Hypertension, but May Affect Heart Rate (NIMH News, September 07, 2011)

    "Chronic use of stimulant medication to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in children does not appear to increase risk for high blood pressure over the long term, but it may have modest effects on heart rate, according to follow-up data from the NIMH-funded Multimodal Treatment Study of Children with ADHD (MTA). The study was published online ahead of print Sept 2, 2011, in the American Journal of Psychiatry..." Full Story

  4. Pesticides in food linked to ADHD in kids (MSNBC, September 11, 2011)

    "Researchers in large study conclude that parents should buy organic for their children. Levels of pesticides commonly encountered across the country in food as well as around the home are significantly increasing children's risk of developing attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), and could be causing an increase in the number of children living with the condition, according to new research published in the journal Pediatrics..." Full Story

  5. Extended-Release Metadoxine Safe and Effective for ADHD (Medscape Medical News, September 9, 2011)

    "In adults with attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), an extended-release formula of metadoxine, MG01C1, improved total ADHD symptoms scores compared with placebo, according to the results of a randomized phase 2 trial. Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd and Alcobra Ltd announced topline results in a press release on September 7. Metadoxine is a nonstimulant 5-hydroxytryptamine receptor antagonist. The immediate-release formulation is currently used to treat acute alcohol intoxication and withdrawal symptoms in adults..." Full Story

  6. Omega-3 Effective for Treating Child ADHD (Medscape Medical News, September 8, 2011)

    "Supplementation with omega-3 fatty acid may decrease symptoms of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in children, a new meta-analysis suggests. In an evaluation of 10 trials with 699 total children with ADHD, investigators found that those who received omega-3 supplements had a "small but significant" improvement in symptom severity compared with those who were given placebo. This effect was also significant in the children who received supplements that specifically contained higher doses of eicosapentaenoic acid..." Full Story

  7. Can certain foods help junior sit still in the classroom? (Daily Gleaner, September 9, 2011)

    "If we really are what we eat, it may be a scary premise for some. Coloured dyes and preservatives are laden in foods targeted for kids and may be found lurking in their lunchboxes. Researchers were assuming that the refined sugars were the culprit but new studies are questioning the association of mood swings, poor attention and hyperactivity with dyes and chemical additives. But is it what our kids are eating, or what they're missing? A study of children diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) found that over 80 per cent of the subjects were deficient in the omega-three fat called docosahexaenoic acid (DHA). Other studies have consistently indicated that children with lower levels of these fats have significantly more behavioural problems, temper tantrums, in addition to learning and sleep difficulties..." Full Story

  8. Study reveals ill effects of psychiatric drugs (Johns Hopkins News-Letter, September 8, 2011)

    "A recent study conducted by Daniel J. Safer of the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the Hopkins School of Medicine explored the differences in adverse effects of psychotropic medications in children, adolescents and adults. Results showed that children experienced greater side effects to these treatments in comparison to older individuals..." Full Story

  9. Back to School: How to Raise Healthier, Smarter, Fitter Children (Huffington Post, September 10, 2011)

    "Kids who skip breakfast and eat sugar laden, additive laced foods, and who get 10 to 15 percent of their calories from liquid sugar drinks like sodas and "sports" drinks not only gain weight and get early diabetes, heart disease and stroke in adolescence, but can't pay attention, are less alert, can't solve problems or do math, have a myriad of learning deficits, are more depressed, anxious and even violent. One in six children in America has a neurodevelopmental problem such as learning deficits and attention deficit disorder. Could it be due to what we are feeding our children and the lack of physical activity?..." Full Story

  10. ADHD doubles the risk of injury in grade-school kids (Consumer Reports, September 14, 2011)

    "Injuries kill more 11-year-olds in the U.S. than any other cause, and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) almost doubles the risk of serious injury in children that age, according to a study released yesterday in Academic Pediatrics. Researchers collected data on 4,754 fifth-graders in Birmingham, Ala., Houston, and Los Angeles. They found that the risk of serious injury--including broken bones, sprains, strains, and cuts and bruises--increased as the children's ADHD symptoms intensified..." Full Story

  11. Rare gene variants linked to ADHD (ScienceNews, September 10, 2011)

    "Rare genetic factors that lead to attention deficit hyperactivity disorder appear to be some of the same ones that cause autism, schizophrenia and other brain disorders. Previous studies have attempted - and mostly failed - to link common genetic variants to attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, better known as ADHD. A new study bolsters the idea that many different rare variants, some found only in single families or individuals, are responsible for the condition. What's more, variants of the same genes associated with ADHD have also been linked to autism spectrum disorders, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and intellectual disability..." 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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