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posted: Thursday May 19th - 4:48pm

New Extended-Release, Orally Disintegrating ADHD Medication Released

Adzenys XR-ODT, a new ADHD stimulant medication that dissolves in the mouth, is now available in the United States and approved for patients 6 and older.

Neos Therapeutics has announced the U.S. release of Adzenys XR-ODT, the first orally disintegrating medication for the treatment of ADHD in patients 6 and older. The medication, an amphetamine, comes in the form of an orange-flavored tablet that dissolves in the mouth when taken with or without water. Adzenys XR-ODT is formulated for once daily dosing, Neos says, using two different kinds of “micro-particles” that...
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posted: Friday May 13th - 10:21am

Children with ADHD Exhibit Unhealthy Lifestyle Patterns

Kids with ADHD are almost twice as likely to not drink enough water, not get enough sleep, and not exercise enough – when compared to children of the same age without the condition, a recent study finds.

May 13, 2016 Children with ADHD engage in fewer healthy lifestyle behaviors than do their peers without the condition — this according to a study published online in the Journal of Attention Disorders. The study, which followed children between the ages of 7 and 11, found that – after adjusting for age, sex, IQ, ADHD medication use, household income, and four comorbid psychiatric disorders – the participants...
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posted: Tuesday May 10th - 10:07am

Two-Minute Warning May Actually Complicate Transitions

Turning off the TV or game console is a near-constant battle for many families. A new study suggests that cutting the power without preamble could actually reduce resistance and fighting.

May 10, 2016 A small study by researchers at the University of Washington Computing for Healthy Living & Learning Lab found that young children were significantly more upset, more often when told screen time was going to end soon, than they were when the video game, TV program, or internet access was cut off without warning. The scientists interviewed 27 parents of children ages one to five, none...
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posted: Friday May 6th - 2:59pm

Parents Raising ADHD Kids: Start with Behavior Therapy, Not Medication

A new report released by the CDC shows the gap between medication use and recommended behavioral therapy for young children with ADHD.

Published May 6, 2016 The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) published a report this week revealing that less than half of very young children with ADHD are receiving behavior therapy to treat the condition. Yet overwhelming medical evidence suggests that behavior therapy is a safer option than medication at these young ages. The study, published online May 3, looked at more than 5 million children...
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posted: Thursday April 28th - 2:36pm

ADHD More Common in Children with Vision Problems

After analyzing a nationally representative sample of children, researchers found that children with vision problems not correctable with glasses or contacts may be twice as likely to have ADHD.

April 28, 2016 A study, published in the journal Optometry and Vision Science sought to compare the incidence of ADHD in children who can see normally, and those with vision problems which cannot be corrected with glasses or contacts. Examples of this type of vision problems include disorders of eye alignment (crossed eyes) or eye movement (nystagmus). They found that, after adjusting for other factors known to...
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posted: Thursday April 28th - 11:35am

Plastic Softening Phthalates Linked to ADHD in Children Treated in Pediatric Intensive Care Units

Phthalates are prohibited from use in kids’ toys because of toxic effects, but remain in medical devices such as plastic tubes and catheters. A new study finds that children exposed to these chemicals during hospitalization had a higher risk of developing ADHD.

April 28, 2016 Phthalates are a family of chemicals that are used to make rubber-based materials soft and pliable. They are found in vinyl, plastic bottles, shower curtains, raincoats, and are also used to make personal-care products, air fresheners, and shampoos. Physicians have suspected a link between exposure and ADHD for many years. Six types of phthalates are banned for use in children’s toys and children’s child...
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posted: Thursday April 28th - 10:07am

ADHD Drug Atomoxetine Does Not Increase Risk for Suicidal Events

The FDA has warned that atomoxetine might cause greater incidence of suicidal thoughts or behavior for over a decade. New research by the University of Florida College of Pharmacy finds no confirming evidence for the warning.

April 28, 2016 Atomoxetine, a non-stimulant medication for ADHD, known by its brand name Strattera, has carried a black box warning from the FDA since 2005. After reviewing 12 clinical trials involving approximately 2,200 children taking Strattera, and finding one attempted suicide and five suicidal events within 32 days of treatment, the agency warned doctors and parents that Strattera could cause “agitation, irritability, suicidal thinking or behaviors,...
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posted: Wednesday April 27th - 12:43pm

Study Suggests PS-Omega-3 Medical Food May Reduce ADHD Symptoms

Two-thirds of study participants taking PS-Omega-3 medical food experienced a reduction in symptoms, and one-third were able to lower their ADHD medication dosage.

Wednesday, April 27, 2016 PS-Omega-3 is an effective non-drug treatment for ADHD — this is the finding of a retrospective study, showcased at the National ADHD Conference on April 7-8, 2016, in Tel Aviv, Israel. PS-Omega-3 is VAYA Pharma’s proprietary composition of phosphatidylserine, a negatively charged aminophspholipid (type of fat) found throughout the body and brain, bonded to non-drug treatment for Omega-3 fatty acids. Vayarin, a prescription medical...
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posted: Tuesday April 26th - 10:38am

Video Game and Social Media Addiction Tied to ADHD

According to a new study, individuals with ADHD, anxiety, and depression are more likely to show signs of technology addiction.

Tuesday, April 26, 2016 Researchers at the University of Bergen, Norway, have found a positive, significant correlation between addictive use of technology and comorbid psychiatric disorders including ADHD, anxiety, depression, and obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). According to a study published in the March 2016 issue of the journal Psychology of Addictive Behaviors of the American Psychological Association, the results of large-scale, cross-sectional study suggest that men with symptoms...
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posted: Thursday April 21st - 3:09pm

The First Liquid Amphetamine for ADHD: Broadening the Menu of Choices for Treating Attention Deficit

Recently released Dyanavel XR gives families living with ADHD a new option in the search for optimal treatment.

Posted on April 21, 2016 Tris Pharma announced on April 19, 2016, that it was releasing a new liquid ADHD medication, known as Dyanavel XR, for the treatment of attention deficit in patients ages six and above. The long-acting formulation is suitable for families seeking once-daily doses, the company said in a press release — particularly for young children who struggle to swallow pills. The medication, the first...
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