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ADHD in the News - October 27, 2011

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  1. Getting Distracted from the Real Issues of ADHD (TIME, October 21, 2011)

    "The outcry this week in response to the American Academy of Pediatrics' decision to publish new treatment guidelines for Attention-Deficity/Hyperactivity Disorder in children ages 4 to 18 (as opposed to age 6 to 12, as was the case previously,) has been largely focused on the fear that the change will vastly increase the number of very young children being diagnosed with ADHD and pump younger and younger kids full of medication. Yet the guidelines contain no indication that this was the intent or will prove to be the case. Instead, they seem most likely destined to have the opposite effect: toughening the criteria doctors use before diagnosing ADHD in very young children and dissuading them from being quick to write prescriptions for stimulants like Ritalin..." Full Story

  2. Report Finds Parent Training Effective for Treating Young Children With ADHD (PRNewswire, October 24, 2011)

    "Formal training in parenting strategies is a low-risk, effective method for improving behavior in preschool-age children at risk for developing attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), while there is less evidence supporting the use of medications for children younger than 6 years old, according to a new report from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ)..." Full Story

  3. Behaviour training, not meds, preferred therapy for preschoolers at risk of ADHD (HealthCanal, October 25, 2011)

    "In a systemic review led by Dr. Alice Charach, Head of the Neuropsychiatry Team at The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids), researchers examined the effectiveness of pharmacological and behavioural treatment interventions for preschoolers at risk for ADHD and the long-term outcomes of these interventions in people of all ages. The research team includes investigators from SickKids and the McMaster University Evidence-based Practice Center. The review is available at www.effectivehealthcare.ahrq.gov. The findings reveal that while current ADHD medications are generally safe and effective in children, there appears to be more adverse effects in preschoolers than in older kids. For this reason, the review recommends the use of parent-led behavioural interventions as a first course of action, prior to considering medication for preschoolers at risk of ADHD..." Full Story

  4. Children's ADHD Drug Response Depends On Specific Dopamine Gene Variants (Medical News Today, October 23, 2011)

    "According to a new study published in the Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, children with certain dopamine system gene variants have an improved response to methylphenidate (Ritalin) - the most commonly prescribed medication for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). The discovery could help in selecting the most effective prescribed medications for children with ADHD, thus eliminating guesswork..." Full Story

  5. Gene Variants Predict Response to ADHD Treatment (Medscape Medical News, October 21, 2011)

    "Gene variants in children can help predict their response to medication for attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), according to new research. A randomized, crossover trial of almost 90 school-aged children with ADHD showed that those who carried a polymorphism of the dopamine receptor D4 (DRD4) gene had a better response to increasing doses of methylphenidate than did those without, especially for symptoms of hyperactivity-impulsivity. However, those who carried specific variants of the dopamine transporter (DAT) gene had less improvements compared with those who did not carry it..." Full Story

  6. Nationwide shortage making it tough to find ADD drug (9news.com, October 24, 2011)

    "If you use the popular drug Adderall, chances are you know how difficult it's been to get a hold of it. There's a nationwide shortage of the medication, which is used to treat attention deficit disorders. Pharmacies across Colorado say they can barely get a bottle of it from the manufacturers. It all has to do with the ingredients in the drug. The FDA sets a level on the amount of the chemical found in Adderall each year. The company that makes Adderall has pretty much reached its tipping point..." Full Story

  7. NeuroSigma Funds First-Ever Pediatric Clinical Trial to Study Non-Invasive External Trigeminal Nerve Stimulation for the Treatment of ADHD (PRNewswire, October 24, 2011)

    "NeuroSigma, Inc., a Los Angeles-based medical technology company, announced today that it has signed a contract with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) to fund a Phase I pediatric clinical trial to study the use of non-invasive, external Trigeminal Nerve Stimulation (TNS) for the treatment of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). NeuroSigma is the exclusive worldwide licensee of UCLA's TNS intellectual property. This study will be an open-label clinical trial of external TNS (eTNS) therapy in 10 subjects with ADHD. The study will enroll boys and girls between 9 and 14 years of age, marking the first study in which children may enroll in a TNS trial..." Full Story

  8. Kids' Daytime Wetting Accidents Could Be Linked to ADHD (Medscape Today, October 24, 2011)

    "Children who wet themselves are more than four times as likely as other kids to also have attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), according to the results of a new German study. "I think a lot of us have known this for a long time," that children with ADHD also struggle with bladder control, said Dr. Peter Jensen, a professor of psychiatry and psychology and the vice chair for research at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. But there are few studies that have looked specifically at the link between the two disorders, said Dr. Jensen, who was not involved in the German research. About 2% to 3% of seven-year-olds have daytime wetting accidents, the authors note in their study..." Full Story

  9. Does Your Teen Have ADHD, a Drug Problem, or Both? (Everyday Health, October 27, 2011)

    "Teens who have ADHD are twice as likely as other kids to smoke, drink, or use drugs. What's the connection - and what can you do to prevent your child from engaging in such risky behavior?..."The risk of substance abuse is based in the symptoms of the disorder itself," says Ruth Hughes, PhD, a clinical psychologist and CEO of the non-profit organization CHADD (Children and Adults with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder). "Impulsivity is one of the hallmarks of ADHD, so young people with the disorder often live in the moment and don't think about consequences or plan long-term..." Full Story

  10. Parent finds organization, routine get positive result (Windsor Star, October 27, 2011)

    "Philippa Fisher once dreaded September. As a mother of two children with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, the start of school was fraught with fear and stress. Would mornings be the same nightmares of disorganization they experienced last year? Would the new teacher understand that her son needs help to stay on task? Settling in to the routines of the school year can be tough for parents, but for parents of children with ADHD, tough isn't a big enough word. "We were in a state of conflict the whole time." says Fisher, adding she now has her children in a special school and organizes their lives with military precision..." Full Story

  11. Clues to Young Children's Aggressive Behavior Uncovered by New Study (ScienceDaily, October 26, 2011)

    "Children who are persistently aggressive, defiant, and explosive by the time they're in kindergarten very often have tumultuous relationships with their parents from early on. A new longitudinal study suggests that a cycle involving parenting styles and hostility between mothers and toddlers is at play. The study was done by researchers at the University of Minnesota and appears in the journal Child Development..." Full Story

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