- Women are almost twice as likely to have anxiety disorder.
- Young people are more likely to be affected.
KIDS NEED MORE MOVEMENT? The Answer Sheet Column in The Washington Post notes the U.S. government's recommendation that kids get an hour of vigorous exercise per day, but a guest contributor to the column says that's much too little. Her basis? "...children today have symptoms of other alarming problems, such as weaker bones and muscles, emotional instability and anxiety, surprising episodes of aggression, the inability to focus and pay attention, and problems 'sitting still' compared to children of just two decades ago." Find the Answer Sheet.
DIAMONDS IN THE ROUGH. The Weinfeld Education Group has announced plans for this year's Diamonds in the Rough conference. The event is scheduled for September 23-24 at the Pooks Hill Marriott in Bethesda, Maryland. This year's theme is "Identifying and Developing Potential." Find out more.
- Youth who take Ritalin, Adderall or other stimulant medications for ADHD over an extended period of time early in life are no more at risk for substance abuse in later adolescence than teens without ADHD, according to a new study. Find a write-up of the study.
- Kids with ADHD don't sleep as well as others, which you might have known but is now supported by research. Read more.
- Sharpbrains notes that the U.S. FDA has approved a device to help clincians assess ADHD. From the article: ""QbCheck provides health care professionals with objective measurements of hyperactivity, impulsivity, and inattention to aid in the clinical assessment of ADHD and in the evaluation of treatment interventions in patients with ADHD." Find out more.
- David Rabiner describes, also at Sharpbrains, how pediatricians may not be following guidelines for treating ADHD established by the American Academy of Pediatrics. Read it.
POLICY. If you pay attention to education policy, know that this week a variety of clarifications and regulations were released:
- The Education Department released drafts of guidelines for complying with ESSA; find out more.
- The U.S. Department of Education announced more than $13.4 million in grants to higher education institutions to fund quality personnel preparation programs to help improve services and results for students with disabilities. Find out more.
- The Office of Civil Rights in the U.S. Department of Education released a report showing, in part, how race and disability are linked to factors such as absenteeism, discipline, and readiness for college and career. Find the report.
DEPRESSION. A meta-analysis of previously published studies on the efficacy of antidepressants in young people who have major depression is, in a word, depressing. From a description of the analysis: "Scientists say most antidepressants don’t work for children or teenagers with major depression, some may be unsafe, and the quality of evidence about these drugs is so bad the researchers cannot be sure if any are truly effective or safe." Read more.
AUTISM. Autism spectrum disorders are generally thought to be caused by deficits in brain development, but a study in mice now suggests that at least some aspects of the disorder -- including how touch is perceived, anxiety, and social abnormalities -- are linked to defects in another area of the nervous system, the peripheral nerves found throughout the limbs, digits, and other parts of the body that communicate sensory information to the brain. Find the study write-up.