Today’s Headlines: ADHD on the Rise, Smoking Cessation, and Dense Breast Tissue

Research Shows 16% Rise in ADHD Cases Since 2007: A recent analysis from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows a “sharp increase in the numbers of children being diagnosed for the first time with ADHD.” Many experts are questioning whether this increase is due to overdiagnosis. Currently, nearly 1 in 5 high school boys in the United States and 11% of school-age children have received a medical diagnosis of ADHD. (New York Times)

FDA Relaxes Restrictions on Smoking-Cessation Products: The Food and Drug Administration recently decided to allow smokers who are trying to quit a longer time to use over-the-counter products, which include nicotine gum, patches and lozenges. The FDA hopes the recommended changes will “allow for more people to use these products effectively for smoking cessation and that tobacco dependence will decline.”  (USA Today)

New California Law Requires Doctors to Warn Women That They Have Dense Breast Tissue: Doctors are now required to notify women that they have a dense breast tissue finding after a mammogram. As many as 40% of women over the age of 40 have dense breast tissue, which makes it more difficult to detect cancer. The bill went into effect yesterday. Those with dense breast tissue can then discuss the possibility of further breast-cancer screening with their doctor. (San Francisco Chronicle)