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posted: Friday June 24th - 3:06pm

Study Confirms Atomoxetine As an Effective Alternative to Stimulants

Doctors shouldn’t hesitate to prescribe atomoxetine for the treatment of ADHD, says a new study that found it to be nearly as effective and safe as stimulant medications.

Posted June 24, 2016 Atomoxetine — more commonly known by the brand name Strattera — is an effective and safe alternative to the stimulant medications most commonly used to treat ADHD, a new study finds. This may seem like old news to consumers, but not so in the medical community; the study’s researchers concluded that doctors don’t always consider atomoxetine a viable alternative for patients who can’t...
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posted: Thursday June 23rd - 3:30pm

Movement Therapy: Small Amounts of Exercise Can Boost Mood in Adults with ADHD

Researchers found that as little as 20 minutes of moderate exercise increases motivation, happiness, and productivity.

Published June 23, 2016 "Think of exercise as medication,” says John Ratey, M.D., an expert on the positive effects of physical activity on the ADHD brain — referring, of course, to exercise’s longstanding reputation as an effective non-medical treatment for managing challenging ADHD symptoms like distractibility and forgetfulness. Now, a new study finds that just a small amount of exercise can go even further than previously thought:...
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posted: Wednesday June 22nd - 11:10am

Taking an ADHD Stimulant Does NOT Put Most Children at Higher Risk for Substance Abuse

New evidence further supports the theory that long-term use of stimulant medication — when used properly for the treatment of ADHD symptoms — does not increase the risk that a child will abuse other controlled substances.

Posted June 22, 2016 Stimulant medications like Adderall, Ritalin, and Vyvanse are controlled substances, and for good reason: used improperly, these stimulant medications can lead to addiction and dangerous side effects — including, in some extreme cases, death. Some worried parents hesitate to give their children ADHD medication, out of fear that its “addictive” nature will lead to drug abuse in high school or young adulthood. But...
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posted: Tuesday June 21st - 4:02pm

A New Theory for Rising ADHD Diagnoses

As academic demands for kids have increased, so too have ADHD diagnoses.

Posted June 21, 2016 We’ve all heard the refrain, “Back in my day, ADHD didn’t exist!” It’s incorrect, of course, but what is true is that ADHD diagnoses have been on the rise for the past few decades. In fact, ADHD is almost twice as common now as it was 40 years ago. There are a multitude of theories for the surge — expanded awareness, improved diagnostic...
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posted: Tuesday May 31st - 12:00am

Retina Study Paves the Way for Physical ADHD Symptom Test

There is no definitive, physical test for ADHD, which regularly leads to wrong and missed diagnoses. But a small new study out of Germany suggests that PERG eye exams may help clinicians diagnose ADHD symptoms in the future.

Posted on May 31, 2016 Examining patients’ retinas may one day help doctors diagnose ADHD, says a new study presented at the American Psychiatric Association (APA) 2016 Annual Meeting. According to the study’s findings, the retinas of patients with ADHD exhibit more “background noise” — or neural activity that isn’t driven by a specific stimulus — than do those of non-ADHD patients. Effective ADHD treatment decreases this...
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posted: Thursday May 19th - 4:48pm

New Extended-Release, Orally Disintegrating ADHD Medication Released

Adzenys XR-ODT, a new ADHD stimulant medication that dissolves in the mouth, is now available in the United States and approved for patients 6 and older.

Neos Therapeutics has announced the U.S. release of Adzenys XR-ODT, the first orally disintegrating medication for the treatment of ADHD in patients 6 and older. The medication, an amphetamine, comes in the form of an orange-flavored tablet that dissolves in the mouth when taken with or without water. Adzenys XR-ODT is formulated for once daily dosing, Neos says, using two different kinds of “micro-particles” that...
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posted: Friday May 13th - 10:21am

Children with ADHD Exhibit Unhealthy Lifestyle Patterns

Kids with ADHD are almost twice as likely to not drink enough water, not get enough sleep, and not exercise enough – when compared to children of the same age without the condition, a recent study finds.

May 13, 2016 Children with ADHD engage in fewer healthy lifestyle behaviors than do their peers without the condition — this according to a study published online in the Journal of Attention Disorders. The study, which followed children between the ages of 7 and 11, found that – after adjusting for age, sex, IQ, ADHD medication use, household income, and four comorbid psychiatric disorders – the participants...
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posted: Tuesday May 10th - 10:07am

Two-Minute Warning May Actually Complicate Transitions

Turning off the TV or game console is a near-constant battle for many families. A new study suggests that cutting the power without preamble could actually reduce resistance and fighting.

May 10, 2016 A small study by researchers at the University of Washington Computing for Healthy Living & Learning Lab found that young children were significantly more upset, more often when told screen time was going to end soon, than they were when the video game, TV program, or internet access was cut off without warning. The scientists interviewed 27 parents of children ages one to five, none...
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posted: Friday May 6th - 2:59pm

Parents Raising ADHD Kids: Start with Behavior Therapy, Not Medication

A new report released by the CDC shows the gap between medication use and recommended behavioral therapy for young children with ADHD.

Published May 6, 2016 The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) published a report this week revealing that less than half of very young children with ADHD are receiving behavior therapy to treat the condition. Yet overwhelming medical evidence suggests that behavior therapy is a safer option than medication at these young ages. The study, published online May 3, looked at more than 5 million children...
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posted: Thursday April 28th - 2:36pm

ADHD More Common in Children with Vision Problems

After analyzing a nationally representative sample of children, researchers found that children with vision problems not correctable with glasses or contacts may be twice as likely to have ADHD.

April 28, 2016 A study, published in the journal Optometry and Vision Science sought to compare the incidence of ADHD in children who can see normally, and those with vision problems which cannot be corrected with glasses or contacts. Examples of this type of vision problems include disorders of eye alignment (crossed eyes) or eye movement (nystagmus). They found that, after adjusting for other factors known to...
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