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ADHD in the News - October 20, 2011

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

  1. New ADHD guidelines could increase treatment in preschoolers and high schoolers (Boston Globe, October 17, 2011)

    "New guidelines for diagnosing and treating attention deficit hyperactivity disorder could lead pediatricians to diagnose the condition in kids as young as four and to continue treating teens through high school on stimulant drugs like Ritalin and Adderall. The recommendations, released today at the American Academy of Pediatrics annual meeting in Boston, state that primary care physicians should do a diagnostic workup and initiate treatment for ADHD for any child aged 4 through 18 who has academic or behavioral problems and has trouble with inattention, hyperactivity, or impulsivity..." Full Story

  2. American Academy of Pediatrics Expands Ages for Diagnosis and Treatment of ADHD in Children (Science Daily, October 17, 2011)

    "Emerging evidence makes it possible to diagnose and manage ADHD in children from ages 4 to 18 (the previous AAP guidelines, from 2000 and 2001, covered children ages 6 to 12). The new guidelines describe the special considerations involved in diagnosing and treating preschool children and adolescents. They also include interventions to help children with hyperactive/impulsive behaviors that do not meet the full diagnostic criteria for ADHD..." Full Story

  3. Bipolar Disorder Risk Factors Found in Families (Psych Central, October 14, 2011)

    "Children who grow up in families where other mental disorders are present - such as attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) or anxiety - appear to be at greater risk for developing bipolar disorder later in life, according to new research. Researchers still do not know what causes bipolar disorder, although it is argued that family history is presently the strongest predictive factor for being diagnosed with bipolar. If an older relative has bipolar disorder, you are at greater risk for developing it..." Full Story

  4. Brain scans reveal drugs' effects on attention (Washington University in St. Louis, October 13, 2011)

    "Scientists have developed a way to use PET scans to test if drugs are helping mice that have been genetically engineered to have a form of attention deficit. In the brain of the altered mouse, low dopamine levels result in a brighter image..." Full Story

  5. Do ADHD Drugs Boost Dopamine Levels? (Psych Central, October 18, 2011)

    "Brain scans may become an effective way of testing whether a drug designed for attention-deficit disorder can raise dopamine levels, according to research at the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. In a previous mouse study, the same group discovered that by raising dopamine levels they could improve attention problems caused by neurofibromatosis type 1 (NF1), a disorder that affects more than 100,000 people in the United States. About 60 to 80 percent of children with NF1 have some sort of attention deficit..." Full Story

  6. MindFit program helps treat students with ADHD (The Daily Athenaeum, October 17, 2011)

    "The MindFit program at West Virginia University helps diagnose and treat students with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and other learning disabilities. The goal of the program is to help students with ADHD and other learning problems cope with the disorder while still excelling in the classroom..." Full Story

  7. Learning-disabled students get firmer grip on college (USA TODAY, October 18, 2011)

    "They have developed strategies to stay focused when lectures get boring, picked up tips for staying on top of homework and brushed up on their rights as college students with documented learning disabilities. Now, they are working on their handshakes...A growing number of students with learning disabilities are enrolling in college, yet few are likely to get the level of support and encouragement available at Landmark College, one of a few small, private colleges that specialize in educating students who struggle with conditions such as dyslexia or attention-deficit disorder..." Full Story

  8. Program helps students with ADHD (The Collegian, October 14, 2011)

    "Services for Students with Disabilities offers services to nearly 600 Fresno State students. Of these, 14 percent have Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). In California, 6.2 percent of the population has been diagnosed with ADHD. Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder generally makes time management, organizational skills, goal setting and steady employment difficult for adults, according to WebMD, a health information website. Hidden disabilities are also common among the youth. Many students might suffer from this condition and not know it, or decide to treat it themselves..." Full Story

  9. Shire Expands Scholarship Program for Individuals with ADHD (Business Wire, October 20, 2011)

    "The second year of the Shire ADHD Scholarship Program will award fifty (50) scholarships to individuals with ADHD...The Shire ADHD Scholarship includes a $2,000 monetary award and offers a prepaid year of ADHD coaching services provided by the Edge Foundation to assist with the transition to higher education. Fifty one-time scholarships will be awarded on June 12, 2012. The deadline to apply is March 30, 2012. For information, including eligibility requirements and scholarship application, visit www.ShireADHDScholarship.com..." 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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