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ADHD in the News - September 29, 2011

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

  1. ADHD rates low among Latinos (Boston Globe, September 26, 2011)

    "Johanny Hernandez is alone among her Latino relatives and friends to have a child diagnosed with attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder. Growing up in the Dominican Republic, the 30-year-old mother of four had never heard of this condition - until her son's kindergarten teacher suggested that he be evaluated. The boy struggled to comply with school rules, sometimes racing out of the classroom and climbing on tabletops. Many of her friends seemed skeptical about ADHD, insisting that her son was just very active, sometimes mischievous, but not "loco," the Spanish word for crazy. She had to agree that her son, 9, would probably never have this diagnosis in her native country. Still, her son's classroom behavior has improved since he started therapy and taking ADHD medication, and Hernandez tries to block out what she hears from others..." Full Story

  2. ADHD Awareness Week slated Oct. 16-22 (Norwalk Citizen [CT], September 22, 2011)

    "Jeffry Spahr recalled the days when his son was labeled a "bad boy" because of his behavior and visits to the principal's office at school. Spahr, the parent of a child with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, or ADHD, told the Norwalk Board of Education Tuesday evening that awareness of the disorder and its effects on families and schools is important on all levels. Educators need information on how to treat children with ADHD and, he said, parents need information and a support system....That opportunity will come the week of Oct. 16-22 when the city and school district observe National ADHD Awareness Week..." Full Story

  3. Prescribed Stimulant Use for ADHD Continues to Rise Steadily (ScienceDaily, September 28, 2011)

    "The prescribed use of stimulant medications to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) rose slowly but steadily from 1996 to 2008, according to a study conducted by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ). The study was published online ahead of print September 28, 2011, in the American Journal of Psychiatry..." Full Story

  4. Teen Use of Stimulants for ADHD on the Rise (WebMD, September 28, 2011)

    "More teens are receiving prescription stimulants to treat symptoms of their attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Close to 9% of children aged 4 to 17 years have received a diagnosis of ADHD. It's a behavioral disorder marked by impulsiveness, hyperactivity, and inattention. Stimulants such as Adderall, Concerta, Dexedrine, and Ritalin are often the first line of therapy. Treatment also involves behavioral changes, such as keeping set schedules and routines. Researchers tracked how many children and teens under age 19 were taking stimulants from 1996 to 2008..." Full Story

  5. ADHD Raises Children's Risk for Physical Injury (Medscape Medical News, September 22, 2011)

    "Young adolescents with attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) are at increased risk for unintentional injury, but this risk can be mitigated by treating ADHD symptoms, new research suggests. In a study published in the September/October issue of Academic Pediatrics, investigators found a significant association between ADHD symptoms and an increased risk for injury. "Preventing injuries is probably not the primary reason to treat ADHD, but it is one of many positive consequences that should emerge if ADHD is properly treated," first author David C. Schwebel, PhD, professor and vice chair, Department of Psychology, University of Alabama at Birmingham, told Medscape Medical News. "Both psychotherapy and pharmacotherapy have evidence of efficacy," he added..." Full Story

  6. Program shows kids the challenges of disabilities (Placer Herald, September 29, 2011)

    "Touch of Understanding lets students experience first-hand what it's like to be disabled...A Touch of Understanding, based in Granite Bay, is a non-profit organization that strives to give schoolchildren first-hand experience in the challenges faced by individuals with disabilities. During last week/s presentation, students were encouraged to maneuver a wheelchair, write in Braille, use a white cane to navigate the campus as a "blind" individual and experience the sensory perception of individuals with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder or autism..." Full Story

  7. U.S. advisers urge FDA to address antipsychotics in kids(Reuters, September 22, 2011)

    "U.S. pediatric health advisers on Thursday urged drug regulators to continue studying weight gain and other side-effects of antipsychotic drugs as they are increasingly taken by children. Significant numbers of U.S. children are receiving drugs to tame aggression, attention deficit disorder and other mental problems, even though there is little conclusive data to show exactly how the medications work or whether they damage kids' health. The pediatric advisory panel on Thursday listened to preliminary results of a study sponsored in part by the FDA that, inconclusively still, compared whether some antipsychotic drugs put children at a higher risk of developing diabetes than others..." 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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