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posted: Friday March 24th - 10:24am

A Better Way to Find the Ideal Dose of Methylphenidate

Titrating medication over a longer period of time may help adults with ADHD more effectively reduce their symptoms.

March 24, 2017 A new study suggests that remission of ADHD symptoms — as well as better medication tolerance — is more likely with longer periods of medication titration to find the ideal dose. The study, published in the January issue of the Journal of Clinical Psychiatry, examined 279 adult patients, treating 141 of them with extended-release methylphenidate and the remaining 138 with a placebo. Each patient was...
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posted: Friday March 24th - 10:11am

Pediatricians May Fall Short in Treating Patients with Mental Health Conditions

A nationwide shortage of child psychiatrists has put much of the burden for mental health care on pediatricians, who feel ill equipped to tackle these issues.

March 24, 2017 Pediatricians are often expected to diagnose and treat mental health problems in their patients — despite evidence that they may not be well equipped to tackle these issues. A new report in Infectious Diseases in Children, published earlier in March, explores this issue in-depth. The relative scarcity of child and adolescent psychiatrists leads many parents to see pediatricians for care. Currently, there are only about...
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posted: Thursday March 23rd - 11:27am

MTA Surprise: ADHD Meds May Not Improve Symptoms But Can Lead to Height Reduction

The latest phase of the long-term Multimodal Treatment Study (MTA) showed some negative and positive results.

March 23, 2017 Children with ADHD who take medication until adulthood may end up significantly shorter than their peers, according to new data from a long-term study — without a corresponding decrease in ADHD symptoms to make up for it. The Multimodal Treatment Study (MTA) is a long-term follow-up study — funded by the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) — that began as a 14-month trial comparing...
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posted: Friday March 17th - 1:15pm

AAP: Parents Should Make Screen Time Interactive — Or Cut Back

New recommendations by the American Academy of Pediatrics provide new guidance for screen time in our always-connected world.

March 17, 2017 New media usage guidelines recently released by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) emphasize parental interaction and educational content over strict time limits — at least for children 2 years of age and older. The guidelines, entitled “Media and Young Minds,” recommend no screens for children under the age of 18 months — a continuation of established AAP recommendations that caution against the negative effects...
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posted: Friday March 10th - 2:54pm

Better-Trained Pediatricians Reduce Patients’ ADHD Symptoms

A program that helped pediatricians gain confidence in diagnosing and treating ADHD was a win for patients and doctors.

March 10, 2017 A project aimed at improving pediatricians’ understanding of ADHD diagnosis and treatment did more than give the doctors increased knowledge and confidence — it also reduced their patients’ symptoms by more than 10 percent. The pilot program, organized by the Chapter Quality Network (CQN) of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), ran from December 2015 to January 2017 and was based on the AAP’s guidelines...
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posted: Thursday February 23rd - 4:55pm

Large Imaging Study Shows Structural Brain Differences in People with ADHD

Critical areas of the brain are smaller in people with ADHD, researchers say, proving that the oft-marginalized condition should be regarded as a brain-based disorder.

February 23, 2017 MRIs of more than 3,000 people provide further evidence that people with ADHD have structurally different brains than people without the condition, according to a new report funded by the National Institute of Health. The differences — which were more pronounced in children than in adults — make it clearer than ever that ADHD is a developmental brain disorder and not simply a “label,”...
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posted: Tuesday February 14th - 4:33pm

Income Levels Linked to Incidence of ADHD, Asthma, and Autism in Children

Kids are affected differently by mental and physical disorders, depending on their family’s income level.

February 14, 2017 From 2003 to 2012, rates of asthma, ADHD, and autism spectrum disorder (ASD) rose dramatically for children in the United States. Now, a new study charts the connection between each condition and income levels, finding that ADHD and asthma rates are closely linked to increased poverty levels — hitting poor children and the uninsured the hardest — while ASD affected wealthy families more. The study,...
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posted: Friday February 10th - 5:40pm

Pharma Trial Suggests Dyanavel XR Is Safe and Effective for Treating ADHD in Children

A medication manufacturer says recent studies show its recently released liquid ADHD medication can be used safely and effectively to treat children.

February 10, 2017 A new medication trial presents further evidence that Dyanavel XR — the only liquid amphetamine currently on the market to treat ADHD — is long lasting, effective, and safe for use in children, according to the medication’s manufacturer. The company, Tris Pharma, Inc., presented the findings from its trial at the 2017 American Professional Society of ADHD and Related Disorders (APSARD) Annual Meeting in Washington,...
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posted: Wednesday February 8th - 4:52pm

The Anti-ADHD Diet?

Eating lots of fruits, vegetables, fish, whole grains, nuts, and legumes may make it less likely that a child will be diagnosed with ADHD.

February 8, 2017 Adhering to a “Mediterranean diet” — rich in fruit, vegetables, and “good fat,” and lean in processed foods and saturated fat — may lower the risk of ADHD in children, a new study indicates. Published in the February 2017 issue of Pediatrics by a team at the University of Barcelona, the study examined 120 children, half of whom had ADHD. Children who were taking ADHD...
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posted: Wednesday February 8th - 11:27am

New Study: Prenatal Exposure to Common Low-Calorie Sweetener May Be Linked to ADHD

An unexpected link between ADHD and the low-calorie sweetener glycyrrhizin — the active ingredient in licorice candy – adds this common sugar replacement to the list of foods to avoid during pregnancy.

February 7, 2017 “Licorice consumption during pregnancy may be associated with harm for the developing offspring.” This comes from the team of Finnish researchers behind a recent study, published in the American Journal of Epidemiology, that analyzed 378 preteens born in Helsinki, Finland, in 1998. More specifically, the researchers evaluated the impact of glycyrrhizin – a common low-calorie sweetener and the active ingredient in licorice – on psychiatric...
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