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Researchers Closer to Finding Genetic Cause Of ADHD

By Jennifer Thomas
HealthScoutNews Reporter

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 23 (HealthScoutNews) -- Researchers have taken a major step toward finding the genetic underpinnings for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), a discovery they hope will lead to better diagnosis and treatment.

Interestingly, the chromosomal region implicated in ADHD is the same region that previous research has linked to autism, says study author Susan Smalley, co-director of the Center for Neurobehavioral Genetics at the University of California, Los Angeles.


NYC Ordered to Provide AIDS Housing

Sat Sep 14, 2002

NEW YORK (AP) - A judge has ordered the city to provide "medically appropriate" housing to homeless people with AIDS who reportedly have been living in deplorable conditions.

Justice Eileen Bransten issued the order Thursday after seven homeless people with the disease complained in November that the city was sending them to filthy, rat- and roach-infested hotel rooms that lacked heat, hot water and electricity.


All-Day Management for ADHD

Mon Aug 5, 2002

MONDAY, Aug. 5 (HealthScoutNews) -- A time-release amphetamine stimulant taken in a single morning dose provides all-day symptom control in children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), says a study in the August issue of Pediatrics journal.

The study looked at a long-acting form of the stimulant medication Adderall, which includes several amphetamine-based drugs.


Does Contact with Nature Improve Attentional Functioning in Children with ADHD?

Author: Dr. David Rabiner

Source: Attention Research Update, v62
Date: June 2002

Can contact with nature enhance attentional functioning in children with ADHD? Recently, I came across an interesting and unusual study in which this hypothesis was explored (Taylor et al., (2001). Coping with ADD: The surprising connection to green play settings. Environment and behavior, 33, 54-77.)


US Costs for Treating Attention Disorder High

Fri May 17, 2002

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - The costs of treating attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in US children is similar to the price tag for fighting childhood asthma--and far higher than national average healthcare costs for kids, researchers report.

They say their findings indicate that ADHD and asthma "deserve similar emphasis" as public health concerns.

Dr. Eugenia Chan of Children's Hospital Boston, in Massachusetts, led the study.


US: 7% of Grade School Kids Have Attention Deficit

Tue May 21, 2002

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Seven percent of US children aged 6 to 11 have been diagnosed with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), according to results of a national survey released Tuesday by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

The survey also found that half of children diagnosed with ADHD are told they have a learning disability as well. This brings the total number of children diagnosed with at least one of these disorders to 2.6 million, according to the CDC.