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posted: Wednesday September 17th - 12:15pm

Increased Diagnoses of ADHD and Autism in Higher-Income Families

Better awareness and detection of neurodevelopmental disorders may explain the jump in diagnoses.

The number of children with developmental conditions, such as autism and ADHD, increased by 28 percent for some families, a new study shows. Led by Dr. Amy Houtrow at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC, the two-year project found that poor homes have the highest known rates of intellectual and physical disabilities in children. The study also found that reports of pediatric mental health and neurodevelopmental disorders...
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posted: Friday August 15th - 10:25am

New Concerns About Stimulant Abuse

Doctors are the first line of defense in preventing abuse.

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) issued a report in July on preventing substance abuse in children with ADHD. Children with the disorder are at greater risk for misusing alcohol, tobacco, and other illicit substances. While ADHD medications help reduce the risk of substance misuse, the drug treatments themselves are open to abuse. “Many school-aged children — up to 23 percent — are approached to sell, buy,...
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posted: Wednesday June 11th - 2:31pm

Mother's Prenatal Smoking Is a Risk Factor for ADHD

Prenatal smoking is a risk factor for ADHD in children.

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Growing evidence suggests that smoking during pregnancy may increase the risk for developing attention deficit in children. Functional magnetic resonance imaging was performed on young adults (25 years) who had been followed since birth to examine the effect of prenatal tobacco smoke exposure on neural activity, such as poor inhibitory control. Lifetime ADHD symptoms were measured over a period of 13 years (from two to 15 years of...
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posted: Thursday May 15th - 4:10pm

In Autism Spectrum Disorders, Environment Matters As Much as Genes

New research finds that environment is as important as genes in understanding autism spectrum disorder.

ADHD and Autism in the Classroom
Environmental factors are more important than previously thought in understanding the causes of autism spectrum disorder, according to the largest study to date to look at how the disorder runs in families. The study also reinforces the findings of other research that shows that genetics play a strong role in the likelihood of developing the disorder. Children with a brother or sister with autism are 10 times...
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posted: Wednesday May 14th - 11:59am

ADHD and Trauma May Go Hand in Hand

Doctors need to look beyond ADHD to the presence of trauma in kids with the condition.

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New research indicates that children with ADHD may be more likely to be part of families affected by poverty, divorce, neighborhood violence, and substance abuse. “Our findings suggest that children with ADHD experience significantly higher rates of trauma than those without ADHD,” says study author Dr. Nicole Brown, assistant professor of pediatrics at The Children’s Hospital at Montefiore, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, in New York. “Providers may...
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posted: Friday May 9th - 10:20am

MDX: Promising Treatment for Inattentive ADHD?

A new medication may improve attention and cognition.

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There may be hope on the horizon for those diagnosed with Predominantly Inattentive ADHD. A drug called Metadoxine Extended Release (MDX) — developed by Alcobra, a biopharmaceutical company focused on developing new medications to help patients with cognitive disorders — provided significant benefit for adults with inattentive ADHD in a Phase IIb study. The results will be presented to the American Psychological Association on May 10. In the...
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posted: Tuesday April 29th - 9:51am

A Little Neurofeedback Goes a Long Way

One more study shows that controlling brain waves tweaks the ADHD brain for the better.

Expert Tips on Diagnosing and Treating ADD/ADHD in Children
Parents always wonder what brain-training format they should use to improve their child’s ADHD symptoms. A recent study in the journal Pediatrics may have an answer: neurofeedback. Conducted by the Floating Hospital for Children at Tufts Medical Center in Boston, Massachusetts, the study assigned 104 children with ADHD in second and fourth grades to receive in-school neurofeedback (Play Attention, Unique Logic and Techology Inc.) or computer-based cognitive...
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posted: Wednesday April 9th - 10:00am

Step It Up for ADHD

Join the ADHD Walk & Family Fun Day on May 18, 2014.

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Lace up your Asics and walk a 5K to raise awareness and reduce the stigma of attention deficit. Sponsored and hosted by CHADD in Arlington, Virginia, on Sunday, May 18, the event will have fun activities for the kids and give ADHD families an opportunity to bond with each other and hear inspiring stories. ADHD coaches, tutors, and therapists, who will exhibit and answer your ADHD-related questions,...
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posted: Thursday March 20th - 10:45am

ADHD Medication Use in Adults Climbs Dramatically

Women outnumber men in medication usage.

Depression + ADHD: Treatment Options
A new report from drug manager Express Scripts shows that the number of Americans who use medication to treat ADHD rose between 2008 and 2012. The greatest increase in use during the five-year study period was among adults, with the largest gains seen in women ages 26 to 34, climbing 85 percent. The use of medication among children, much higher than among adults, rose less — about 19...
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posted: Wednesday March 5th - 11:46am

"Take Two Tylenol and See Me in the Morning"

Not so fast. Pregnant women taking acetaminophen may boost the risk of their children developing attention deficit.

Meds, Pregnancy, and Nursing: What Should You Do?
Reaching for a pain reliever to minimize aches and pains due to pregnancy is standard practice for women, and one that most doctors don’t frown upon or warn against. A new study published in JAMA Pediatrics may force doctors to rethink that practice. It found that children of women who took the drug during pregnancy were about 40 percent more likely to be diagnosed with ADHD...
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