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ADHD in the News - October 17, 2013

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

  1. Recovery from Childhood ADHD May Depend On Pattern of Brain Development (ScienceDaily, October 15, 2013)

    "Some people grow out of their childhood attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and some don't. In fact, around 50% of individuals diagnosed as children continue to suffer from ADHD as adults...Gender, ethnicity, socioeconomic class, and symptom severity have already been ruled out as potentials. So, perhaps there is a distinguishing variable in the brain? Dr. Philip Shaw at the National Human Genome Research Institute and his colleagues conducted a study to find out..." Full Story

  2. How Do ADHD Medications Work? (ScienceDaily, October 16, 2013)

    "A new study in Biological Psychiatry now provides evidence that methylphenidate and atomoxetine, two FDA-approved medications for the treatment of ADHD, both improve the brain's activation when attempting to make fine temporal distinctions, but have differential effects on performance..." Full Story

  3. ADHD Drug Effective for People With Dependency (ScienceDaily, October 14, 2013)

    "People with ADHD and dependency rarely respond as they should to ADHD drugs. A randomised study from Karolinska Institutet in Sweden now shows that it is possible to obtain the desired efficacy by administering the drug in higher doses. The results of the study are published in the scientific journal Addiction..." Full Story

  4. Kids With ADHD Often Show Autistic Traits (Medscape Medical News, October 16, 2013)

    "Children with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) often have comorbid autistic traits (ATs), which can cause them to face more social difficulties, new research suggests...The study of 469 children showed that significantly more of those with ADHD had ATs compared with their peers without ADHD. In addition, the group with both ADHD and ATs had significantly more psychopathologic, neuropsychological, and interpersonal deficits, as well as more emotional dysregulation..." Full Story

  5. The Not-So-Hidden Cause Behind the A.D.H.D. Epidemic (The New York Times, October 15, 2013)

    "The number of diagnoses of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder has ballooned over the past few decades...For a lot of us, the diagnosis and subsequent treatments — both behavioral and pharmaceutical — have proved helpful. But still: Where did we all come from? Were that many Americans always pathologically hyperactive and unable to focus, and only now are getting the treatment they need?..." Full Story

  6. Is Violence a Symptom of ADHD? (GoodTherapy.org, October 15, 2013)

    "That was the question posed by Rafael A. Gonzalez of the Forensic Psychiatry Research Unit at the University of London as the subject of a recent study. Gonzalez and his colleagues wanted to determine if ADHD by itself was linked directly to violent behavior in adults. And if so, what aspects of ADHD were most influential on violence?..." Full Story

  7. Heart Surgery as Infant Hikes Risk for ADHD Later (MedPage Today, October 17, 2013)

    "Children who underwent surgery for congenital heart disease in the first year of life appeared to carry an increased risk of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) once they reached school age, researchers found. On a screening questionnaire administered at ages 7 to 15, 29% of those who had undergone surgery and 3% of healthy controls had scores suggestive of ADHD (P<0.001), according to Aisling Porter, MD, of the IWK Health Center in Halifax, Nova Scotia, and colleagues..." Full Story

  8. The Big Bucks in Keeping Kids Focused (Bloomberg Businessweek, October 10, 2013)

    "More than 90 percent of the Dublin-based company [Shire]’s sales of ADHD medicines are in the U.S., where brisk demand since 2007 helped fuel a more than doubling in U.S. annual revenue for the class of stimulants used to treat the condition. The drugmaker would like to duplicate that success closer to home...ADHD is diagnosed about 25 times more often in the U.S. than in the U.K. And while attitudes vary by country, many European parents, teachers, and doctors are reluctant to use medication to treat what they see as routine childhood behavioral problems..." 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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