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posted: Friday January 29th - 4:49pm

Stanford Researchers Mapping the Genetic Markers of Autism and Related Conditions

In an effort to improve the diagnostic process for autism and other developmental delays, the Wall Lab at Stanford University is launching a survey to parents to augment its high-level genetic research.

At Stanford University, a group of biologists is developing novel ways to decipher the molecular pathology of autism spectrum disorder and related neurological disorders. In other words, they are tracing the biological roots of autism in order to better — and more quickly — recognize and treat it in children. “My lab is also comparing what is known about the genetics of autism with the genetic...
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posted: Monday January 11th - 4:28pm

Link Between Lead Exposure and ADHD Confirmed

A new study is the first to establish a causal link between lead exposure and ADHD, showing that lead exposure leads to attention deficit in certain children.

The causal link between lead exposure and ADHD is real, a new study finds, adding to the negative effects caused by the once-abundant environmental toxin. The study, published in Psychological Science, evaluated 386 healthy children between the ages of 6 and 17, half of whom had been formally diagnosed with ADHD. Researchers tested lead levels in the children’s blood; all were found to be in the “safe”...
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posted: Tuesday January 5th - 2:22pm

Biking Accidents: Why Kids with ADHD Have More of Them

Children with ADHD may be more prone to bicycling accidents, and a new study hopes to find out why.

Past studies have repeatedly found that children with ADHD have more bicycle accidents than their non-ADHD peers. This is no laughing matter, since bicycle accidents are one of the leading causes of injury in children, and send 400,000 children to the emergency room each year in the United States alone. Now, a new study may have found out why kids with ADHD struggle more to stay...
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posted: Tuesday January 5th - 2:10pm

No Surprise: ADHD Increases Social Challenges

Young children with ADHD may have more difficulties relating to their peers, but a new study suggests these challenges decrease as children grow older.

Most parents of children with ADHD worry about how symptoms affect their child’s social life. Now, a study suggests that while symptoms do tend to harm peer relationships early in life, these effects usually diminish as the child ages — and, with them, the cycle of worsening symptoms. The study, conducted by researchers at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology, followed 1,000 children from age four...
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posted: Tuesday January 5th - 2:00pm

Distractibility: Not Just an ADHD Thing

The ability to maintain focus when doing a task is present in some degree in all individuals.

Distractibility isn’t just a symptom of ADHD. According to a new study, it’s a trait all of us have to some degree — with one end of the “distractibility spectrum” resulting in diagnosable ADHD. The study, published in Psychological Science, looked at 174 healthy adults, assigning them computer tasks designed to measure distractibility, along with a self-reported survey assessing the presence of ADHD symptoms in their childhood...
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posted: Friday December 18th - 10:24am

The First-Ever Chewable ADHD Medication Approved by the FDA

QuilliChew ER gives parents another treatment option for children diagnosed with ADHD.

Pfizer, the same company that produces the liquid ADHD medication Quillivant XR, announced on December 7 that the FDA had approved QuilliChew ER chewable tablets for the treatment of ADHD in children ages six and above. QuilliChew ER are methylphenidate hydrochloride tablets — the same medication used in Ritalin, Concerta, and Daytrana — that use a proprietary technology that allows for the medication to be slowly...
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posted: Thursday December 10th - 10:19am

ADHD Diagnosis Rates Jump for Children in the U.S.

More than 10 percent of U.S. kids have ADHD, led by increases in previously under-diagnosed communities.

Posted on December 10, 2015 Children in the U.S. saw a nearly 43 percent surge in ADHD diagnoses between 2003 and 2011, a new report finds. The increase was more pronounced for girls and minorities — particularly Hispanics. Experts have some theories to explain the increase, but they are unclear as to the exact reasons for the steep rise. The report, conducted by researchers at George Washington University,...
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posted: Wednesday December 2nd - 10:53am

ADHD Meds May Negatively Affect Children’s Sleep

A recent meta-analysis indicates that children on stimulant medications appear to have more trouble sleeping than their non-medicated peers.

Stimulant medications may make it harder for children with ADHD to fall asleep, and may result in less overall time spent asleep, a new study finds. A meta-analysis of nine studies examined stimulant medications and sleep, all conducted before March 2015. Of the nine studies, seven looked specifically at sleep latency (the amount of time it takes to fall asleep), sleep efficiency (the proportion of time...
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posted: Wednesday November 11th - 10:22am

It’s Time for New Rules for College Entrance Exams

The Department of Justice just made it easier for students with accommodations to take standardized tests.

Many teens make preparations to go to college toward the end of their high school years. They fill out applications, visit schools, and take entrance exams. For some students, especially those with ADHD and learning disabilities, these standardized tests, such as the PSAT, SAT and ACT, can prevent them from getting into the school of their choice. During high school, many of these students received accommodations,...
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posted: Friday October 30th - 11:09am

Electronic Tools Can Improve ADHD Treatment

Researchers found that an electronic appointment program may help doctors treat children according to the AAP guidelines, which some pediatricians ignore.

Using automated electronic tools to schedule follow-up appointments, medication refills, and other routine care may help doctors better stick to AAP guidelines for the treatment of ADHD, recent data indicates. The research — presented at the 2015 National Conference of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) — focused on 22 primary-care clinics, and included 70 different board-certified pediatricians. A 2013 survey revealed widespread mismanagement of ADHD...
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