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posted: Thursday May 15th - 4:10pm

In Autism Spectrum Disorders, Environment Matters As Much as Genes

New research finds that environment is as important as genes in understanding autism spectrum disorder.

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Environmental factors are more important than previously thought in understanding the causes of autism spectrum disorder, according to the largest study to date to look at how the disorder runs in families. The study also reinforces the findings of other research that shows that genetics play a strong role in the likelihood of developing the disorder. Children with a brother or sister with autism are 10 times...
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posted: Wednesday May 14th - 11:59am

ADHD and Trauma May Go Hand in Hand

Doctors need to look beyond ADHD to the presence of trauma in kids with the condition.

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New research indicates that children with ADHD may be more likely to be part of families affected by poverty, divorce, neighborhood violence, and substance abuse. “Our findings suggest that children with ADHD experience significantly higher rates of trauma than those without ADHD,” says study author Dr. Nicole Brown, assistant professor of pediatrics at The Children’s Hospital at Montefiore, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, in New York. “Providers may...
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posted: Friday May 9th - 10:20am

MDX: Promising Treatment for Inattentive ADHD?

A new medication may improve attention and cognition.

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There may be hope on the horizon for those diagnosed with Predominantly Inattentive ADHD. A drug called Metadoxine Extended Release (MDX) — developed by Alcobra, a biopharmaceutical company focused on developing new medications to help patients with cognitive disorders — provided significant benefit for adults with inattentive ADHD in a Phase IIb study. The results will be presented to the American Psychological Association on May 10. In the...
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