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posted: Tuesday August 23rd - 12:20pm

Department of Education Issues Letter Demanding Schools Support Students with ADHD

The Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights (OCR) sent a letter telling noncompliant schools — in no uncertain terms — that it is a violation of the law to fail to provide proper support for students with ADHD.

August 23, 2016 On July 26, the Department of Education (DOE) issued a strict letter demanding schools step up and provide support for any student with ADHD who requires it to succeed in school — or lose federal funding as a result. With this move, the DOE is taking concrete steps to ensure that all students with ADHD get the supports they’re entitled to — taking a...
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posted: Saturday August 20th - 5:03pm

College Students Who Abuse Stimulants Might Be At Higher Risk for Conduct Disorder, Substance Abuse, and ADHD

People who abuse stimulant medications used to treat ADHD might not just be looking for a quick high, a new study finds — they may actually have psychiatric difficulties like conduct disorder, substance abuse disorder, or undiagnosed ADHD.

August 20, 2016 Those who take stimulant medications to treat ADHD have long scoffed at those who abuse it — particularly opportunistic college kids who misuse a friend’s Adderall to finish an essay or stay out all night. Stimulant abuse is a real problem, contributing to obstacles for legitimate prescriptions, drug shortages, and in some rare cases, even deaths. But a small study may challenge classic theories...
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posted: Friday August 19th - 3:26pm

Unhealthy Prenatal Diet Linked to Increased Risk of ADHD

More than 40 percent of children with conduct disorder also have ADHD. New research suggests that a mother’s high-sugar, high-fat diet during pregnancy could increase the odds of her child having conduct disorder.

August 19, 2016 Many people insist that a low-sugar, low-additive diet can help manage symptoms of ADHD. Now, a new study published in the Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry finds that a healthy diet may make a measurable difference even before a baby is even born. Researchers from King’s College London and the University of Bristol analyzed data from the Avon Longitudinal Study of Parents and Children...
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posted: Thursday August 18th - 1:11pm

Almost Half of Women with ADHD Have Considered Suicide, A New Study Finds

Young women with ADHD are much more likely to have serious mental and physical health problems than their neurotypical peers, according to new research from Canada.

August 18, 2016 In a sobering new study, a team at the University of Toronto reports that women with ADHD were much more likely to have mental health issues than their neurotypical peers — particularly anxiety, depression, drug abuse, and suicidal thoughts. The study, which relied on data from the 2012 Canadian Community Health Survey, identified nearly 4,000 subjects who were considered to be a cross-section of Canadian...
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posted: Thursday August 11th - 3:44pm

15 Genomic Regions Linked to Certain Depression Diagnoses

A new study identifies 15 major genetic loci that are associated with a risk of depression in people with European ancestry — potentially opening up new pathways for diagnosis and treatment.

August 11, 2016 While depression is often characterized by stock images of people looking sadly out windows, in real life it defies categorization. Despite affecting nearly 16 million Americans annually, depression can look totally unique in each person who lives with it — even within family groups who fall victim to depression’s high level of heredity. Its wide range of symptoms and presentations has long led researchers...
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posted: Wednesday August 10th - 3:22pm

Even After Stopping ADHD Medications, Kids’ Brains Show Differences

Children who are treated with methylphenidate continue to show increased blood flow in their brains even after the medication is gone from their systems, new research says — but the long-term consequences of these changes remain unknown.

August 10, 2016 Even after stimulants are washed out of their systems, children’s brains still show residual changes in blood flow and dopamine levels, a new study finds — suggesting a phenomenon called “neurochemical imprinting” whose long-term consequences, at least when it comes to ADHD medications, are uncertain. The study, which was published August 3 in JAMA Psychiatry, looked at 99 male patients falling in the age ranges...
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posted: Friday July 29th - 12:25pm

Benefits of Omega-3s Called Into Question

Existing studies linking omega-3 fatty acids to improved symptoms of ADHD are inconsistent and unreliable, says a research team in the Netherlands. To back up claims of the supplement’s effectiveness, larger double-blind studies are needed.

July 29, 2016 Omega-3 fatty acids have long been considered an effective alternative for managing daily symptoms of ADHD — in conjunction with or instead of stimulant medications. But now, a new analysis of 25 studies calls into question the real effectiveness of omega-3s — highlighting the need for more expansive and well-designed studies on this alternative ADHD treatment. A team at the Radboud University Medical Center in...
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posted: Thursday July 28th - 2:40pm

ADHD Medication May Lower Risk of Kids Engaging In Dangerous Behaviors

ADHD medications have long been shown to help with the symptoms of ADHD. Now, a new study offers evidence of their long-term benefits outside of simple symptom management.

July 28, 2016 ADHD medications — if used as prescribed for the treatment of ADHD — may actually make children and teens less likely to contract STDs, abuse illicit substances, or suffer injuries than kids who are diagnosed with ADHD but don’t use medications, according to a new study by Princeton University. The research, if it’s able to be replicated, begins to paint a picture of the...
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posted: Thursday July 28th - 11:47am

Autism, ADHD, and OCD May Have More In Common Than Previously Thought

Similarities in the brains of kids with one of the three conditions may lead to changes in how we categorize and treat them, experts say.

July 28, 2016 Autism, ADHD, and OCD may share similar brain impairments, a new study finds — particularly in their distribution of white matter, the material responsible for connecting cells across the brain. Since as many as 15 percent of all children have one of the three conditions, researchers say, the study’s results may have wide-reaching implications that challenge old theories about this oft-overlapping set of disorders. A...
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posted: Monday July 25th - 1:50pm

Epilepsy May Be Linked to Higher Risk of ADHD

There may be a connection between fever-induced seizures, epilepsy, and a later diagnosis of ADHD, researchers find.

July 25, 2016 Children who suffer from epilepsy or febrile seizures — meaning seizures triggered by high fevers in infants and toddlers — may have nearly triple the risk of developing ADHD later in life, a new study finds. The study, published online July 13 in the journal Pediatrics, tracked more than 900,000 children born in Denmark between 1990 and 2007, following them until 2012. Of these...
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