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ADHD in the News - November 29, 2013

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

  1. ADHD Prevalence Still Rising, CDC Says (MedPage Today, November 25, 2013)

    "Rates of parent-reported diagnoses of attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) continued their upward trend through 2011, government researchers said. Data from the 2011 edition of the National Survey of Children's Health (NSCH) indicated that 11% (95% CI 1.5%-11.5%) of children 4 to 17 years of age had at one time or another received a diagnosis of ADHD, up from 9.5% in the 2007 NSCH results, according to Susanna N. Visser, MS, of the CDC in Atlanta, and colleagues..." Full Story

  2. Continued increases in ADHD diagnoses and treatment with medication among US children (Medical Xpress, November 22, 2013)

    "A new study published in the Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (JAACAP) found that an estimated two million more children in the United States (U.S.) have been diagnosed with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) between 2003-04 and 2011-12. One million more U.S. children were taking medication for ADHD between 2003-04 and 2011-12..." Full Story

  3. ADHD Study: Expensive Training Programs Don't Help Grades, Behavior (ScienceDaily, November 25, 2013)

    "Many parents spend thousands of dollars on computer-based training programs that claim to help children with ADHD succeed in the classroom and in peer relationships while reducing hyperactivity and inattentiveness. But a University of Central Florida researcher says parents are better off saving their hard-earned cash. Psychology professor Mark Rapport's research team spent two years analyzing the data from 25 studies and found that those programs are not producing significant or clinically meaningful long-term improvements in children's cognitive abilities, academic performance or behavior..." Full Story

  4. ADHD Linked to Social, Economic Disadvantage (ScienceDaily, November 26, 2013)

    "Scientists have found evidence of a link between social and economic status and childhood attention deficit disorder (ADHD) in the UK. A team led by the University of Exeter Medical School analysed data from the Millennium Cohort Study, a database of more than 19,500 UK children born between 2000 and 2002..." Full Story

  5. Genetic discovery could increase understanding of ADHD (Medical Xpress, November 28, 2013)

    "Scientists at Trinity College Dublin have discovered that a mutation in a single gene involved in the functioning of the brain's nervous system can lead to hyperactivity symptoms that are characteristic of Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)..." Full Story

  6. Steroid Injections to Stop Premature Birth Linked to Mental Health Risks (PsychCentral, November 23, 2013)

    "Mothers expected to give birth prematurely are routinely given an infusion of glucocorticoids, which mimic cortisol, a natural hormone. This is designed to help the babyís lungs mature, but there is concern that exposure to high levels of glucocorticoids in the womb might have harmful long-term effects on brain development..." Full Story

  7. Strategies for Building Healthy Relationships When You Have ADHD (PsychCentral, November 27, 2013)

    "Partners with ADHD can do a lot in building a healthy relationship, everything from learning to become active listeners to communicating better...Both communication and listening are skills anyone can learn and sharpen. Here are Mainís tips for that and much more..." 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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