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ADHD in the News - December 8, 2011

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

  1. New Biochemical Changes Found in Children With ADHD (ScienceDaily, December 5, 2011)

    "A new study at Írebro University in Sweden shows that children with ADHD have nearly 50 percent less of a protein that is important for attention and learning. The finding may mean that there are other biochemical disturbances in the brains of individuals with ADHD than was previously believed..." Full Story

  2. ADHD Defects and Differences (dailyRX.com, December 5, 2011)

    "Pediatricians discovered alterations in genes apparent in a tenth of attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder children. Although the doctors suspected the genetic mutations, the exciting finding sheds light on the pathology of a common disorder...A study published in the journal Nature Genetics analyzed the human genome of 1,000 ADHD children from The Children's Hospital in Philadelphia and 4,100 children without the disorder..." Full Story

  3. TGIF Differs in ADHD (dailyRX, December 1, 2011)

    "A study published this week demonstrates an increased presence of biased judgments and decisions in social drinkers with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) not experienced in aware controls. Researchers believe bias could cause increased pleasure drinking..." Full Story

  4. Smart Kids with Learning Disabilities Announces the 2012 Youth Achievement Award Contest, Recognizing Students with Learning Disabilities for Outstanding Accomplishments (PRWEB, December 5, 2011)

    "Smart Kids with Learning Disabilities, Inc. announces the 2012 Youth Achievement Award Contest, a nationwide recognition for students 19 or younger with learning disabilities (LD) or ADHD. The $1,000 award will be made to a student who demonstrates talent and determination resulting in a notable accomplishment in any field including art, music, math, athletics or community service..." Full Story

  5. Foster Kids More Likely to Receive 2 or More Antipsychotics (Medscape Today, November 30, 2011)

    "In a sample study of almost 17,000 children and adolescents younger than 20 years, those in foster care were more likely to receive 2 or more overlapping antipsychotics than those who qualified for Medicaid because of a disability or low income. They were also more likely to receive these medications for a longer duration. "I did not expect to find that children would be receiving 2 medications for an extended period of time. And this pattern of treatment occurred despite a lack of evidence to support such regimens," lead author Susan dosReis, PhD, associate professor at the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy in Baltimore, told Medscape Medical News..." Full Story

  6. Adderall shortage has ADHD patients, parents scrambling for answers (St. Petersburg Times, December 2, 2011)

    "Robbin Tenea calls it a game of musical pharmacies, one that has her driving all over town to fill her two children's prescriptions for Adderall to treat their attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. "It's extremely frustrating," Tenea said. And it's a game that's likely being played by many people, due to a national shortage of the drug at a time when some say it's needed most - the final weeks of school before winter break..." Full Story

  7. Low Birthweight May Take A Toll On Cognitive Abilities Later In Life (Huffington Post, December 5, 2011)

    "At just 2 pounds, 15 ounces, Deb Discenza's daughter was what doctors and researchers consider a very low-birthweight baby. Discenza, who is co-founder of PreemieWorld and author of "The Preemie Parent's Survival Guide to the NICU," said she received ample information and that doctors gave her daughter plenty of care. But one area that they virtually ignored was the potential impact her daughter's small size at birth might have on her cognitive abilities down the road. "No one was really discussing those issues after my daughter was born," Discenza told HuffPost, explaining that her daughter has since been diagnosed with Asperger's Syndrome and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder..." Full Story

  8. Euthymics Bioscience shows promise with ADHD drug (Mass High Tech, December 7, 2011)

    "Cambridge biotech startup Euthymics Bioscience Inc. touted in a news release data that it presented at a conference showing that one of its drug candidates has performed well as a treatment for ADHD, with low risk of abuse..." Full Story

  9. Are left-handers more likely to have mental health problems? (The Week, December 8, 2011)

    "Lefties take note. A new Wall Street Journal report referencing several scientific studies connects left-hand dominance with neural disorders like ADHD and schizophrenia. But don't be too concerned just yet. Here, a few of the more "interesting" findings..." 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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