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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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posted: Thursday November 13th - 1:11pm

Air Pollution Linked to ADHD

New research suggests that a pregnant mother’s exposure to air pollution may increase her baby’s odds of developing attention deficit disorder.

Mothers-to-be know they need to be vigilant about what they eat and drink, because of the impact it can have on their developing fetus. Previous reports have even shown that the expectant mother’s habits and experiences – including stress, sleep and mood – can affect the baby’s future health. Now, a new study from the Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University shows that even...
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posted: Wednesday November 5th - 2:45pm

New Study: Fatty Acids Improve ADHD Symptoms

According to new research, omega-3 and -6 supplements can improve ADHD symptoms – especially for a particular type of ADHD – if administered in the right balance.

For the last decade, researchers studying the link between certain polyunsaturated fatty acids and ADHD symptoms have documented improvements in behavior, reading, and spelling for children taking properly balanced supplements. Now, a double-blind study confirms the link between omega-3 and -6 supplements, and better brain function. The research, completed by the Sahlgrenska Academy of the University of Gothernburg, used a sample of 75 children and teens...
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posted: Wednesday November 5th - 10:00am

Pediatricians Cutting Corners in Diagnosing and Treating ADHD

Are physicians rushing to diagnose ADHD in our children, and relying too much on medication to treat it? New research says yes to both.

Previous research has shown that behavior therapy, combined with medication, is the best approach for treating ADHD. Yet a new study shows that physicians fail to assess symptoms thoroughly before making an ADHD diagnosis and rely too heavily on medication to treat it. Researchers from the Center for ADHD, Behavioral Medicine and Clinical Psychology at Cincinnati Children's Hospital looked at 1,600 patient charts from 188 pediatric...
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posted: Monday November 3rd - 10:50am

Substance Abuse Risk in ADHD Relatives May be Genetic

Substance abuse and ADHD may share a genetic component — and relatives of ADHD patients may be at risk.

A new study indicates that relatives of ADHD patients may be at higher risk for substance abuse — possibly due to shared genetic factors between the disorders. The study, conducted by the Karolinska Institutet in Stockholm, Sweden, found that first-degree relatives of ADHDers had an increased risk of substance abuse — even when controlling for other factors like coexisting psychiatric disorders. The study looked at data on...
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posted: Friday October 17th - 5:39pm

The ADHD Spectrum? A New Look at Attention, Impulsivity, and Language

Recent research suggests that characteristic symptoms of ADHD may be part of a natural spectrum. This new view could impact psychiatric diagnoses, and society’s view of “normal” attention, impulsivity, and language skills.

Just as autism is diagnosed on a spectrum, a new study proposes taking an umbrella approach when categorizing ADHD and its symptoms. The real-world implications of this proposal, published in Biological Psychiatry, would be a medical and societal shift in considering ADHD not a disease, but rather a spectrum of behaviors including hyperactivity, impulsivity, and social language skills. “It’s a different way to look at our...
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