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posted: Monday January 9th - 10:46am

More Medical Students Have ADHD and Learning Disabilities Than Previously Estimated

Nearly 3 percent of U.S. medical students have some form of disability, a much higher number than ever before estimated. This finding points to the need to decrease stigma and improve accommodations for these soon-to-be doctors.

January 9, 2017 Disabilities — including ADHD, learning disabilities, and mobility disabilities — may be more common in US medical students than ever before estimated, a new report finds. But remaining stigma — as well as accommodations that sometimes fall short of students’ needs — point to the need for further research and improved interventions for disability, the authors of the report say. The researchers, who published their...
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posted: Wednesday January 4th - 11:02am

New Study: Test-Taking Accommodations May Fall Short for Students with ADHD

A surprising new study finds that accommodations commonly used by students with ADHD when taking tests don’t always correlate with improved scores.

January 4, 2017 When students with ADHD secure IEPs, 504 plans, or informal school accommodations, their parents often consider it a victory — and hope that the accommodations will lead to an improved application of knowledge and skills, particularly on timed tests. But a recent study shows that commonly used testing accommodations, like extended time or regular breaks, don’t actually help students with ADHD perform better on...
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posted: Wednesday November 30th - 4:52pm

An Inactive Lifestyle May Hurt Boys’ Academic Progress

Lack of exercise may affect reading and math skills in young boys.

November 30, 2016 “Couch potato syndrome” — also known as a sedentary lifestyle — may have a negative effect on more than just a child’s physical health. According to a new study, published this month in the Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport, a sedentary lifestyle might actually impair academic performance, too — at least in boys. The study, conducted at the University of Eastern Finland,...
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posted: Wednesday November 23rd - 12:37pm

Sleep Interventions May Improve ADHD Symptoms in Children

A small study found that children who undergo doctor-guided “sleep hygiene” interventions not only sleep better; they also show a decrease in ADHD symptoms like hyperactivity.

November 23, 2016 A good night’s sleep improves any child’s mood, social interactions, and overall health, but parents cannot always implement and maintain better sleep habits on their own. Now, a new study suggests that frustrated families should seek help from their doctors. More specifically, the research shows that a sleep hygiene routine, implemented and overseen by a primary care provider, improves ADHD symptoms and promotes overall...
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posted: Tuesday November 22nd - 11:51am

A Mom’s Ability to Work Affected by Her Child’s ADHD

An ADHD diagnosis affects a mother’s workforce participation, making it critical that ADHD treatment addresses this long-term economic effect.

November 22, 2016 Mothers whose children have been diagnosed with ADHD may be significantly more likely to be out of the workforce by the time their child hits the tween years, according to a longitudinal Australian study, which highlights the challenges of balancing a career with ADHD-related caregiving. The study, published November 19 in the Journal of Attention Disorders, used data from Growing Up in Australia: The Longitudinal...
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posted: Wednesday November 16th - 11:50am

ADHD Diagnoses in Preschool Children Have Stabilized

A rapid increase in ADHD diagnoses for children aged 4 to 6 has tapered off since the AAP released its updated guidelines in 2011, a new study says.

November 16, 2016 ADHD diagnoses in preschool children — which had been increasing at a rapid rate prior to 2011 — have stabilized, perhaps due to updated diagnosis and treatment guidelines released by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) that year, according to a recent study. Medication use since 2011 has remained stable as well, the researchers say, assuaging another worry and suggesting an increase in more...
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posted: Wednesday November 9th - 12:34pm

Genes (Not Parenting Or Environment) Are Likely Cause of ADHD

Genetic patterns found in more than 20 percent of subjects with ADHD point toward a genetic cause for the disorder — and may open up pathways for new treatment strategies, researchers say.

November 9, 2016 Genetic mutations on specific genes — known as glutamate receptor metabotropic (GRM) network genes — may play an important role in ADHD diagnoses, a new study finds. The study examined more than 1,000 children from across the United States; all were between the ages of 6 and 17, and all had documented ADHD diagnoses or symptoms. The children underwent genotyping using saliva samples. This...
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posted: Thursday November 3rd - 11:18am

Heads Up: Concussion Symptoms Are More Prevalent in Teens with ADHD

High school athletes with ADHD may show more concussion-related symptoms than those without the disorder.

November 3, 2016 Teens with ADHD may be more likely than their peers to show concussion symptoms, according to a new study — even if they didn’t report having a recent concussion. The study, which was presented at the 2016 Annual Assembly of the American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (AAPMR), looked at 37,510 high school athletes from Maine who were about to begin their respective seasons...
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posted: Friday October 28th - 3:05pm

A Brain Changer for ADHDers? Neurofeedback’s Effect on Brain Waves

A double-blind, randomized, placebo-controlled study showed solid evidence that neurofeedback leads to measurable changes in the brain, which may be good news for those diagnosed with ADHD.

October 28, 2016 Neurofeedback has long been touted as a non-medical, non-invasive treatment for ADHD, but many experts remain skeptical. Unlike medication, neurofeedback hasn’t been tested in many well-designed, double-blind studies, which makes it hard to tell if positive results are based on the treatment itself or on other confounding factors like the placebo effect. Now, however, a new study with a randomized, placebo-controlled design showed that...
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posted: Wednesday October 26th - 4:36pm

Treating Mothers’ Depression May Help Children Manage Their Own

When both mother and child suffer from depression, treating the mother’s symptoms may do more than help the mother.

October 26, 2016 Like most mental disorders, depression is highly genetic; experts estimate that about 40 percent of people with depression can trace it to a genetic link. That link is often between parent and child, and living with a depressed parent can trigger depression in a child who is predisposed. The good news? According to two related studies, helping depressed parents (specifically, depressed mothers) manage their...
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