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ADHD in the News - December 29, 2011

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

  1. Natural Fixes for ADHD (MSN Health, December 27, 2011)

    "If you've been diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), your doctor has probably suggested stimulant medications and for good reason. They're the most researched and proven treatment for symptoms of ADHD. Still, even the most mild stimulant meds aren't for everyone. And for others, it seems that stimulants aren't enough. That's where complementary and alternative treatments come in. Luckily, many of these treatments come down to simple and healthy lifestyle choices. "Anything that's good for your body and your brain is good for the treatment of ADHD," says Ruth Hughes, Ph.D., a clinical psychologist and CEO of Children and Adults with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (CHADD). Here, eight suggestions for healthy ways to get your brain in tip-top shape..." Full Story

  2. Treating Our Children: An ADHD and Medication Q&A with Dr. Robert Needlman (Huffington Post, December 23, 2011)

    "The announcement of the new [American Academy of Pediatrics guidelines for diagnosing children with ADHD] sparked in me some questions about ADHD and how we are using medication to treat our children. So I turned to one of the experts, Dr. Robert Needlman, co-founder of Reach Out and Read and co-author of the soon-to-be-released ninth edition of Baby and Child Care, Dr. Benjamin Spock's classic parenting manual. Below is an excerpt of my conversation with Dr. Needlman, who practices and teaches Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics at MetroHealth Medical Center in Cleveland..." Full Story

  3. 32 of the Best Ways to Get Organized When You Have ADHD (Psych Central, December 29, 2011)

    "Organization is a common challenge for adults with ADHD. But it can be done! Below, ADHD specialists share their foolproof tips for cutting out clutter, managing time, creating an efficient space and more. Remember that the key to organization is having a simple system that works for you and your family. So experiment with these tips, keep what you like and toss the rest..." Full Story

  4. Study: Testing firms not complying with law on disabled (USA Today, December 28, 2011)

    "A new federal study criticizes the Justice Department for failing to enforce laws that provide disabled students with special accommodations for taking the SAT, bar exam and other high-stakes tests. People with disabilities such as visual impairment, dyslexia or attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder say they are entitled to extra time, special software or other accommodations that will best ensure that the test reflects their aptitude rather than their disability. Testing companies say they don't have to provide accommodations if they think the requests are unreasonable, or if they think the applicant hasn't proved they need the accommodation..." Full Story

  5. Respite from Tics - Focalin shows promise for Tourette's and chronic tic disorders (DailyRx.com, December 29, 2011)

    "While ADHD has been known to cause academic challenges for children and adolescents, tic disorders that sometimes accompany ADHD can affect a youth's social confidence as well. A recent study has found that Focalin (dexmethylphenidate) might potentially reduce tics in children and adolescents with ADHD. Tourette's disorder and chronic tic disorders can involve compulsive muscle movements as well as verbal outbursts..." Full Story

  6. In Treating Disabled, Potent Drugs and Few Rules (New York Times, December 22, 2011)

    "A review by The Times of previously unreleased records, as well as interviews with state employees, clinicians, family members and outside experts, reveals that the psychotropic medications, which alter the brain's chemistry, are often dispensed sloppily, without rigorous or regular review, by general practitioners with little expertise in the area..." Full Story

  7. Early Relationships and Brain Development (Boston.com, December 23, 2011)

    "The research and knowledge about how early relationships shape brain development has been exploding in recent years. Three new studies caught my attention. The more we know about this area, the more we recognize how important it is to support parents and young children in the early years when the brain is most rapidly developing and so most "plastic," or able to change..." 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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