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Health News - ADHD

ADHD medication: is it a good idea?
The drug methylphenidate, given to children with ADHD, has some benefits but also some disadvantages. Researchers cite a lack of concrete evidence about its effectiveness. (Medical News Today)

ADHD meds may be a prescription for bullying
Kids and teens who take medications like Ritalin to treat attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder are twice as likely to be physically or emotionally bullied by peers than those who don't have ADHD... (Medical News Today)

Can scientists agree on a definition of curiosity?
Philosopher Thomas Hobbes called it "the lust of the mind." Former first lady Eleanor Roosevelt said it was "the most useful gift." And, yes, we all know what killed the cat. (Medical News Today)

Akili pilot study shows digital intervention improved attention and memory in children with ADHD
Akili Interactive Labs, Inc., a company focused on developing clinically validated digital medicine for cognitive assessment and personalized treatment, announced today data from the Akili-001... (Medical News Today)

Study identifies roadblocks to mental health services for adolescents affected by bullying
Better communication needed between medical providers, school officials and parents to remove barriers to help for middle and high school studentsNearly one in three U.S. (Medical News Today)

Children in foster care three times more likely to have ADHD diagnosis
Study of 2011 Medicaid claims also finds that among children with an attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder diagnosis, those in foster care were as likely as others to be treated with ADHD... (Medical News Today)

Mathematically modeling the mind
New model described in the journal CHAOS represents how the mind processes sequential memory and may help understand psychiatric disordersFigure A shows a representation of a stable sequential... (Medical News Today)

Premature birth appears to weaken brain connections
Babies born prematurely face an increased risk of neurological and psychiatric problems that may be due to weakened connections in brain networks linked to attention, communication and the processing... (Medical News Today)

Do flame retardants cause attention problems in children?
Children born to women with high levels of PBDEs in their cord blood during pregnancy show elevated signs of attention deficiency. PBDEs were used as a flame retardant until 2004. (Medical News Today)

Unexpected connections: Calcium refill mechanisms in nerve cells affects gene expression
Researchers at the National Centre for Biological Sciences, identify new roles for calcium refill mechanisms in regulating dopamine in the brainThese are dopaminergic neuron clusters (green) of... (Medical News Today)

Psychostimulants more likely to reduce rather than worsen anxiety in children with ADHD
A new review of studies involving nearly 3,000 children with attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) concludes that, although anxiety has been reported as a side-effect of stimulant... (Medical News Today)

Stimulant meds safe, effective for children with ADHD and congenital heart disease
A new study finds that children with congenital heart disease and ADHD can take stimulant medications without fear of significant cardiovascular side effects. (Medical News Today)

Sleep clinics offer hope to parents of children with intellectual disabilities
Sleep clinics aimed at parents of children with challenging behaviour can improve the chances of a peaceful night, a team of specialists has concluded. (Medical News Today)

Children with ADHD and their mothers may live less than average population
A study conducted by Brazilian researchers shows that hyperactivity can produce chromosome changes that affect healthPsychiatric disorders like Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder (ADHD)... (Medical News Today)

Shire receives European approval for INTUNIV as a non-stimulant ADHD treatment for children and adolescents
Shire has announced that the European Commission granted Marketing Authorisation for once-daily, non-stimulant INTUNIV® (guanfacine hydrochloride prolonged release tablets) for the treatment of... (Medical News Today)

Rise in disability benefits for children with mental disorders consistent with population trends
The percentage of poor children who received federal disability benefits for at least one of 10 major mental disorders increased from 1.88 percent in 2004 to 2. (Medical News Today)

One third of children with ADHD diagnosed before age of 6
Researchers have found that a large number of children are diagnosed with attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder at an early age, with recommended practices usually followed. (Medical News Today)

Self-control saps memory, study says
Cancelling an intended action seems to weaken memoryYou're driving on a busy road and you intend to switch lanes when you suddenly realize that there's a car in your blind spot. (Medical News Today)

Differences in brain structure and memory suggest adolescents may not 'grow out of' ADHD
Young adults diagnosed with attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in adolescence show differences in brain structure and perform poorly in memory tests compared to their peers, according to... (Medical News Today)

Shire launches Elvanse Adult (lisdexamfetamine dimesylate), the first licensed stimulant treatment for adults with ADHD in the UK
Shire plc has launched Elvanse Adult® - the first licensed stimulant indicated as part of a comprehensive treatment programme for attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in adults. (Medical News Today)

New study supports link between ADHD and traumatic brain injury
An observational study utilizing phone interviews finds further evidence of a relationship between attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder and traumatic brain injury. (Medical News Today)

Waiting for pleasure
Brain structures involved in delayed gratification identified -- implications for range of psychiatric disordersResearchers at McGill have clearly identified, for the first time, the specific... (Medical News Today)

Positive reinforcement plays key role in cognitive task performance in ADHD kids
A little recognition for a job well done means a lot to children with Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) - more so than it would for typically developing kids. (Medical News Today)

Study finds autism, ADHD run high in children of chemically intolerant mothers
Mothers with chemical intolerances are 2-3 times more likely than other women to have a child with autism or ADHD, according to a new study by the University of Texas Health Science Center at San... (Medical News Today)

ADHD medications linked to cardiac problems in children with hereditary heart disease
Long QT syndrome (LQTS), a rare hereditary heart condition, can lead to life-threatening arrhythmias, or fast heartbeat irregularities. (Medical News Today)

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