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ADHD in the News - December 5, 2013

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

  1. Brain Imaging May Help to Confirm ADHD (PsychCentral, December 3, 2013)

    "A new brain imaging technique that provides a noninvasive, indirect measure of the neurotransmitter dopamine may be a new tool to help psychiatrists and other medical professionals determine if an individual has attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Researchers said the method could help physicians and parents make better informed decisions about medication..." Full Story

  2. ADHD: Brain Iron May Be Marker (MedPage Today, December 3, 2013)

    "Low Fe levels in the brain may signal the presence of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), researchers reported here. In a small study of children and adolescents with ADHD, those who'd never taken any drugs for their condition had significantly lower levels of brain iron as seen on magnetic correlation field (MFC) imaging compared with controls and with those being treated with drugs for the condition, according to Vitria Adisetiyo, PhD, of the Medical University of South Carolina, and colleagues. They reported their findings at the Radiological Society of North America meeting..." Full Story

  3. Environmental risk factors associated with ADHD risk (Helio.com, December 4, 2013)

    "New study findings from Australia suggest there may be maternal, pregnancy and newborn risk factors associated with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder. The risk for ADHD is increased with smoking during pregnancy, maternal urinary tract infections, being induced, and experiencing threatened preterm labor, according to the study results published in Pediatrics..." Full Story

  4. US teens’ use of psychiatric drugs levels off (Boston Globe, December 5, 2013)

    "About 6 percent of US teenagers report using a psychiatric medicine, such as an antidepressant or attention-deficit treatment, as drug therapy for the conditions remains steady, a government survey found. Boys were more likely to get stimulant medications such as Ritalin for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, according to the report Wednesday from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention..." Full Story

  5. New Children's Center Studies Association Between ADHD and Secondhand Smoke (Newswise, December 5, 2013)

    "Duke Medicine has established a new research program to investigate the relationship between exposure to environmental tobacco smoke during pregnancy and childhood and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in children. Funded jointly by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS), part of the National Institutes of Health, and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the Center for Study of Neurodevelopment and Improving Children’s Health following Environmental tobacco Smoke exposure (NICHES) at Duke will receive approximately $7.8 million from 2013 to 2018..." Full Story

  6. New Harvard ADHD Research Supporting a Cerebellar Origin is Reviewed by Dr. Harold Levinson (PRWEB, December 05, 2013)

    "Dr. Harold Levinson, who is credited with initially proposing the cerebellar-vestibular theory of dyslexia or Learning Disorders (LD) and related ADHD, reviewed a new Harvard ADHD study that supports cerebellar origins for ADHD. As he explains, "This well conducted and highly important study highlights the important role of the cerebellum, man's lower brain, in ADHD. It also reviews the crucial role of the cerebellum in functionally interacting with the entire cerebral cortex or higher thinking brain and most other important brain structures...” Full Story

  7. How to Deal With ADHD Skeptics, Naysayers, and Bullies, Oh My! (Everyday Health, December 5, 2013)

    "Whether it’s an innocent question or an antagonistic statement, opportunities to talk about ADHD come up all the time for parents of children with ADHD (or adults with ADHD). Even after a decade of living with our family’s diagnosis I still find that nothing gets my blood boiling faster than ignorant blanket statements about the disorder or it’s accompanying conditions. Over the years I have learned how to deal with ADHD skeptics using more effective and less adversarial methods..." 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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