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ADHD in the News - December 22, 2011

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

  1. Freeing the Mind to Focus - ADHD study finds dose most important for Adderall XR and Focalin XR (DailyRx.com, December 21, 2011)

    "The Adderall/Focalin question has long faced newly diagnosed ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder) patients and their parents. So can science, with the precision of its methods and the weight of its authority, decide the matter? A new study of Focalin XR (dexmethylphenidate) and Adderall XR (mixed amphetamine salts) in which participants spent time on both drugs allowed researchers to directly compare the drugs' benefits and side effects. The study has found that dose matters more than which drug is used..." Full Story

  2. Early help may improve preemies' behavior later (Reuters, December 21, 2011)

    "Giving parents of newborn premature babies some help in better understanding and interacting with their infants may make a difference in their children's behavior by the time they are ready for school, according to a Norwegian study. Children born prematurely tend to have higher rates of behavioral problems, such as attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), than peers born full term. For the new study, reported in Pediatrics, researchers in Norway tested a program that gave parents of preemies help right away, starting in the hospital..." Full Story

  3. 10 Organizational Tips for Managing ADHD (Huffington Post, December 22, 2011)

    "Organizational skills are a vital component to a happy and successful life. Many people with ADHD have added difficulties with organization, often because they fear they won't become perfectly organized. If you are someone in need of support to become more organized, the following tips may help..." Full Story

  4. 21 Tips for Raising Kids with ADHD When You Have ADHD Too (PsychCentral, December 21, 2011)

    "Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) tends to run in families, so it's common for both parent and child to struggle with the disorder. Naturally, this can create unique challenges when it comes to parenting...But there are many strategies that can help. Here are 21 parenting tips that help you minimize stress, parent effectively and maintain a good relationship with your child..." Full Story

  5. Gene Deletions, Duplications Linked to Development of ADHD (Psychiatric News, December 16, 2011)

    "Genetic variations, both common and rare, affect shared biological pathways and seem to play a role in attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder. Last year, Anita Thapar, M.D., Ph.D., a professor of child and adolescent psychiatry at Cardiff University in Wales, and her team reported a genomewide association study that they believed established for the first time a genetic basis for attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)...Since then, they have conducted a more extensive ADHD genomewide association study, analyzing genetic material not just from the 366 children with ADHD in the previous study, but from 361 additional children with ADHD and 5,081 comparison subjects. And their results were largely the same as the first time around, they reported November 8 in AJP in Advance..." Full Story

  6. Lingering shortage of ADHD drugs unravels lives (MSNBC.com, December 16, 2011)

    "After nearly 10 months, the nationwide shortage of ADHD drugs has taken a toll on Kate Skinn. The 32-year-old Ohio woman had to take a medical leave from college because she can't focus on her reading. She's lost income from her job as a waitress because she's distracted at work. And she's had to struggle even harder than usual juggling the needs of her boyfriend and their four children, all because she can't reliably get the Adderall that helps her cope..." Full Story

  7. Mrs. Massachusetts an MWCC Alumnus (Mount Observer, December 22, 2011)

    "Former MWCC student and current Mrs. Massachusetts-International 2012, Jennifer Salvatelli is using her success to raise awareness for ADHD, a disorder that currently affects 8% of the nation's youth..." 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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