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posted: Wednesday October 7th - 4:13pm

ADHD Stimulants Found Safe for Children with Congenital Heart Disease

A small study suggests that children with congenital heart disease may use stimulant medication to manage ADHD symptoms.

A new study challenges conventional logic on stimulant medications, finding that children diagnosed with ADHD who have congenital heart disease can safely take these drugs without fear of adverse cardiac side effects. The study, carried out by researchers at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, looked at 44 children between the ages of six and 18, all of whom had ADHD and congenital heart disease. They compared these...
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posted: Wednesday October 7th - 9:58am

AAP: More Screen Time for Kids Is OK, Mostly

How much TV or video-game play is OK? The rules of thumb are changing, right alongside the technology. The AAP now says more is OK, but with a big caveat: Quality matters, and parent involvement matters more.

posted Wednesday October 7, 2015 Since the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) originally set its screen time guidelines – no TV, movies, or video games for children younger than two, and no more than two hours a day for older kids — the world has changed. Statistics from Common Sense Media show that more than 30 percent of children in the United States play with mobile devices...
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posted: Wednesday September 23rd - 10:09am

Set the Record Straight and Win!

Enter ADDitude's ADHD Awareness Month contest by setting the record straight about ADHD — its causes, treatment, and very real impact. One winner will receive a gift basket of ADHD tools and resources worth more than $250!

ADHD is Real. ADHD is not a myth manufactured by the pharmaceutical industry. It is not an excuse for bad parenting. Or a result of too much Minecraft. Or laziness wrapped up in lack of ambition. ADHD is a real neurological condition that is sometimes hereditary, but never caused by sugar or lack of discipline or low ambition. This has been documented in studies by the National...
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posted: Friday September 18th - 10:36am

Early ADHD Diagnosis May Affect Autism Diagnosis

Children with comorbid ADHD and autism whose ADHD was diagnosed first may experience a delay in receiving an autism diagnosis.

Being diagnosed with ADHD may result in as much as a three-year delay in the diagnosis of autism when the conditions coexist or symptoms overlap, a new study finds. This raises important questions about diagnosis standards and the best age for beginning treatment. The study, published in Pediatrics, found that children with both ADHD and Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) — whose ADHD was diagnosed first — were...
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posted: Thursday September 10th - 11:59am

Breaking Now: Stimulants Do Not Cause Tics

A new study further disproves the decades-old theory that ADHD stimulant medications cause tics in children.

Further evidence has been found to support the conclusion that stimulant medications commonly used to treat ADHD — including Adderall, Vyvanse, and Concerta — do not trigger tics in children or make existing tics worse. A new study, published in the Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, counters an FDA warning that has been on stimulant medications since 1983, indicating that children with...
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posted: Thursday September 10th - 10:23am

ADHD Awareness Month Contest Rules

Rules for ADDitude magazine's ADHD Awareness Month contest from October 1-31, 2015.

Enter the ADHD Awareness Month contest here! Void outside the 50 United States and where prohibited. Do not proceed to enter if you are not at least 21 years of age and a legal resident of, and located within, one of the 50 United States, or the District of Columbia, at the time of entry. NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. A PURCHASE WILL NOT INCREASE YOUR...
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posted: Wednesday September 2nd - 12:01pm

Aptensio XR: A New ADHD Medication

Aptensio XR, a new once-daily treatment for symptoms of attention deficit, will become available very soon.

A new long-acting ADHD medication known as Aptensio XR is being released this summer for children over the age of six, giving parents of children diagnosed with ADHD who choose to pursue medication an additional option for treatment. Aptensio XR is a once-daily form of methylphenidate, with the same active ingredient found in medications like Ritalin and Daytrana. It comes in capsule form, and is available in...
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posted: Tuesday September 1st - 4:33pm

New Study: Kids Don’t Outgrow ADHD

Not long ago, ADHD symptoms like hyperactivity and inattention were thought to a temporary childhood phenomenon. In time, we were told, our kids would outgrow them. New research suggests that theory is wrong — and it reflects a grossly simplified view of ADHD.

posted Tuesday September 1, 2015 “He’ll outgrow it.” It’s a common refrain repeated to parents of hyperactive or inattentive children who would benefit from an ADHD evaluation. It’s also a myth. The truth is that two-thirds of children diagnosed with ADHD continue to struggle with the condition into adulthood. Recent research by the University of Cambridge, published in European Child Adolescent Psychiatry, completed fMRI scans of 49 Finnish...
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posted: Wednesday August 12th - 1:45pm

Dietary Supplement May Improve Attention in Adolescent Males

Taking Cognizin showed positive results on attention, focus, and motor control in teenage boys.

A double-blind, placebo-controlled study on the dietary supplement Cognizin showed significant gains in psychomotor speed, attention skills, and impulse control in adolescent boys. The study, published in the August 2015 edition of the Journal of Attention Disorders, looked at 75 healthy teenage boys — without ADHD diagnoses — who were randomly assigned to one of three groups: one taking 250 mg. of Cognizin, one taking 500 mg...
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posted: Monday August 3rd - 3:58pm

New Study: Picky Eating May Suggest ADHD, Depression or Anxiety

Your child’s choosy eating habits may be more than stubbornness or defiance; they could help you identify an underlying psychological condition.

Posted Monday, August 3rd, 2015 As any parent knows, most children initially turn up their noses at new, healthy foods. If given the choice between broccoli or chicken fingers, you know what they’ll choose every time — with ketchup on top. For most children, this is a normal developmental process, while for others picky eating habits can be indicative of additional problems. A new study published in...
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