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posted: Thursday February 26th - 3:28pm

ADHD Diagnosis Linked to Greater Risk of Premature Death

ADHD professionals have long suspected a link between an ADHD diagnosis and dying at a young age, but no definitive studies existed to prove it. Now, disturbing new research suggests a stronger correlation than previously thought.

ADHDers are known to be accident-prone — hyperactivity and impulsivity are a combustible mix and can lead to dangerous behaviors. But an unsettling new study suggests that the risk goes beyond an occasional fall or fender bender: An ADHD diagnosis may be linked to a greater risk of dying prematurely. The study, conducted by a research team at Aarhus University in Denmark, tracked 2 million Danish...
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posted: Monday February 9th - 3:56pm

Hyperactivity and Inattention Linked to Energy Drinks

Recent research finds that middle schoolers who consume energy drinks have a 66% higher risk of hyperactivity and inattention – two major symptoms of ADHD.

A new study by the Yale School of Public Health has found an association between students’ consumption of energy drinks and higher-than-average hyperactivity and inattention. Energy drinks were linked to a 66% higher risk for these behaviors, compared to a 14% increased risk after consuming other sweetened drinks like soda or juice. The researchers surveyed 1,649 fifth, seventh, and eighth graders regarding the beverages they drank...
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posted: Thursday February 5th - 1:10pm

Time Training: A New Behavior Therapy for Impulsivity?

A recent study suggests that children and adults with ADHD can be trained to rein in impulsivity with deferred-gratification exercises. This finding could lead to new alternative treatments for impulsive ADHDers who hate to wait.

Adults and children with ADHD often complain of poor impulse control, which leads them to do and say things without stopping to consider consequences. Researchers at Kansas State University believe this impulsivity traces back to a common ADHD trait: a hatred for waiting. They hypothesized that people with ADHD are less likely to delay gratification, therefore they do not experience the rewards that often come with...
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posted: Tuesday January 20th - 2:36pm

New Research Shows ADHD/Epilepsy Link

A recent study finds that nearly 20% of adults diagnosed with epilepsy also show symptoms of ADHD – an association not previously documented.

Nearly one-fifth of adults with epilepsy also have attention deficit disorder, according to a new study published in Epilepsia, a journal of the International League Against Epilepsy. This research is the first of its kind to demonstrate such a strong connection between ADHD and epilepsy, a group of neurological disorders characterized by seizures that are controllable with medication in about 70% of cases. Part of the Epilepsy...
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posted: Thursday January 15th - 9:25am

Hyperactivity in Fish Linked to Bisphenol Exposure

A new study finds embryonic exposure to BPA and BPS impacts brain development and hyperactivity later in life for zebrafish — and potentially for humans, too.

A new study, completed by the University of Calgary, has linked the chemicals used in making plastic to hyperactivity in zebrafish, which are often used to study embryonic brain development because they share 80 percent of the genes found in humans, and have similar developmental processes. Thanks to recent consumer pressure, manufacturers have largely stopped using bispenol A (BPA) in household plastics–like Nalgene bottles–and epoxy...
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posted: Tuesday December 16th - 11:17am

A New Medication for Treating Adult ADHD?

Sunovion Pharmaceuticals completed its first clinical study of a drug designed to treat restlessness, impulsivity, and lack of focus in ADHD adults.

Researchers at Sunovion Pharmaceuticals Inc. are hopeful that they are on the road to uncovering a new therapeutic treatment option for people living with ADHD. In findings they presented at the 53rd Annual Meeting of the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology (ACNP), a positive result was shown when comparing the effect of the medication dasotraline on ADHD symptoms to a placebo. Dasotraline is a new dopamine and...
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posted: Wednesday December 10th - 11:58am

3D Brain Scans May Increase Accuracy of ADHD Diagnosis

Researchers are hopeful that a new technique will help physicians diagnose ADHD by taking a close-up picture of the brain.

New research, published in the Journal of Neuropsychiatry and Clinical Neurosciences, examined the use of three-dimensional brain imaging as a tool for diagnosing ADHD in place of typically two-dimensional scans. The researchers retrospectively analyzed the diagnosis of 427 patients, and compared the sensitivity for predicting ADHD. Their sensitivity rating was calculated based on the confidence interval of physicians regarding their “sureness” of the diagnosis, and the...
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posted: Thursday December 4th - 11:47am

Nearly 1 in 12 Americans Suffer From Depression — But Very Few Seek Treatment

A new report released by the CDC finds that nearly 8 percent of Americans suffer from depression, but an alarmingly small fraction pursue treatment.

Roughly one in twelve Americans have suffered from moderate to severe symptoms of depression, according to a new study published by the National Center for Health Statistics. The study found that, between 2009 and 2012, 7.6 percent of Americans aged 12 and older had suffered from depression in the two weeks before being surveyed. More than one-third of these people were found to suffer from severe...
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posted: Tuesday December 2nd - 2:27pm

Are Teens Taking Anxiety Medication More Likely to Abuse Drugs?

Prescriptions for teen anxiety and sleep problems are on the rise. Is this surge contributing to more illegal substance abuse?

Anxiety medications like Klonopin or Xanax, and sleep medications like Ambien and Lunesta are controlled substances with a high risk of abuse. While they have a valid place in doctor-prescribed treatment plans, alternative therapies may be smart for teens. A recent study by the University of Michigan School of Nursing found that teens who were prescribed anxiety or sleep medications have a higher lifetime risk of...
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posted: Tuesday November 25th - 9:38am

Explaining the Global Rise in ADHD Diagnoses

What’s behind the spike in pediatric ADHD diagnoses? Our expert responds to the most common theories – including research claiming that global drug marketing is behind the surge.

In the 1980s, one in 20 U.S. children were diagnosed with ADHD. Today, that number is roughly one in 9. This somewhat dramatic spike in diagnoses has led many in the media, the research community, and the population at large to ask, “Why is ADHD on the rise?” A recent study published in the journal Social Science and Medicine identifies five factors that authors Peter Conrad...
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