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More U.S. Kids Getting Mental Health Treatment

Posted 6 days ago by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, May 20, 2015 – The number of U.S. children and teens being treated for mental health issues has risen by about 50 percent in the past 20 years – with most of those kids having relatively mild symptoms, a new study finds. The research, published in the May 21 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine, comes at a time of growing concern over young people's mental health treatment. In particular, some worry that kids with milder issues are being overtreated with antidepressants, stimulants (such as those used for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder) and antipsychotic drugs, said lead researcher Dr. Mark Olfson, a professor of clinical psychiatry at Columbia University in New York City. According to Olfson, his findings suggest that kids with less serious symptoms account for a large share of young people getting mental health care – whether that means medication or ... Read more

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CDC: 1 in 10 Children Diagnosed With ADHD

Posted 12 days ago by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, May 14, 2015 – One in 10 children and teens has been diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), according to a new government report. That number has remained relatively steady since 2007, according to government estimates. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report offers a snapshot of how many children and teens currently have ADHD. However, it's tough to draw conclusions from this data about the reasons for the findings, said lead author Patricia Pastor, a researcher in the CDC's Office of Analysis and Epidemiology. That's because, "the National Health Interview Survey does not include any questions about the criteria used for the ADHD diagnosis," Pastor explained. The survey also relied on parent reports of diagnosis, not medical records, the authors noted. Finally, this survey may not include all children with ADHD, since it only ... Read more

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ADHD Tied to Higher Risk of Eating Disorder in Kids and Teens

Posted 1 May 2015 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, May 1, 2015 – Children with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) have an increased risk of a certain type of eating disorder, according to a new study. The eating disorder is called loss of control eating syndrome (LOC-ES). As the name implies, people with this disorder sometimes can't stop eating, even if they want to, according to the researchers from the Johns Hopkins Children's Center in Baltimore. Their study included 79 children between the ages of 8 and 14. The kids were assessed for ADHD and the eating disorder. Those with ADHD were 12 times more likely to have the eating disorder than those without ADHD, the study revealed. Among overweight and obese children, those with LOC-ES were seven times more likely to have ADHD than those without the eating disorder. Also, children who scored higher on tests of impulsivity were more likely to have the eating ... Read more

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Moms' Pre-Pregnancy Obesity Tied to ADHD, Other Issues in Kids

Posted 1 May 2015 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, May 1, 2015 – Children whose mothers were very obese going into pregnancy may face an increased risk of emotional and behavioral problems, a new study suggests. Researchers at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that when moms were severely obese before pregnancy, their kids were more likely to have issues like attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and developmental delays at the age of 6. But the findings do not prove that moms' obesity is to blame, noted study researcher Laura Schieve, an epidemiologist at the CDC. But, she said, there was a "strong and consistent association" between mothers' pre-pregnancy weight and kids' development – even with other factors, like education and family income, taken into account. "This underscores the importance of existing recommendations that women try to maintain a healthy lifestyle and weight before ... Read more

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Freedom to Fidget Helps Kids With ADHD Learn: Study

Posted 21 Apr 2015 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, April 21, 2015 – Children with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) need to squirm to learn, a small study suggests. Constantly shifting in their desks, tapping their feet, swinging their legs and other fidgety behaviors play a crucial role in helping these children remember information and solve complex mental tasks, the researchers found. The study included 29 boys aged 8 to 12 with ADHD who underwent tests of learning, comprehension and reasoning. They were compared to a control group of 23 boys without ADHD. The more the boys with ADHD moved during the tests, the better they did. The more the boys in the control group moved during the tests, the worse they did, according to the study published online recently in the Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology. Children with ADHD "have to move to maintain alertness," study co-author Mark Rapport, head of the Children's ... Read more

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Higher Altitude States Have Fewer Kids With ADHD, Study Reveals

Posted 17 Apr 2015 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, April 17, 2015 – The thin air of America's higher-elevation regions may reduce the risk of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), a new study suggests. Researchers reported that the occurrence of ADHD decreases substantially as altitude increases. For example, Utah has an average state elevation of 6,100 feet. That state's ADHD rate is half that of states at sea level, they said. It's important to note though that the current study's design can only show a link between altitude and a lower incidence of ADHD. It can't prove a cause-and-effect relationship. Still, the researchers suspect that brain chemistry may be affected by the lower oxygen levels at higher elevations. In particular, levels of dopamine – one of the brain's chemical messengers (neurotransmitters) – increase as someone adapts to oxygen-depleted air, said Dr. Douglas Kondo, a child psychiatrist and ... Read more

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Prenatal Exposure to Pollutants May Spell Trouble for Kids

Posted 25 Mar 2015 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, March 25, 2015 – Exposure to common air pollutants before birth may make children more likely to have the symptoms of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and other thinking and behavioral problems, a small new study suggests. "Exposure to air pollution in pregnancy and during early infancy [and] early childhood seems to produce brain disturbances in the left side of the brain, in direct proportion to the amount of exposure to air pollution that women experience in pregnancy," explained study author Dr. Bradley Peterson. He directs the Institute for the Developing Mind at The Saban Research Institute of Children's Hospital Los Angeles. Peterson's team has been following 620 minority women who live in New York City. The researchers are planning to eventually scan 250 children born to the women, gathering information about the mothers' exposure to air pollutants ... Read more

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ADHD Children May Gain More From Family-Centered Care

Posted 23 Mar 2015 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, March 23, 2015 – For children with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), receiving more family-centered, compassionate care may be more effective than standard care, a new study found. Researchers compared two types of "collaborative care," in which special care managers act as intermediaries between a family and their child's doctors. One approach was standard collaborative care while the other was "enhanced," which meant the care managers had received several days of training to teach parents healthy parenting skills and interact with families in an open-minded, non-judgmental, empathetic way. "I think it's a very powerful tool in medicine and it's being used more and more, but it's still not widespread in terms of how doctors interact with patients and their families," said study author Dr. Michael Silverstein, an associate professor of pediatrics at Boston ... Read more

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Can Fish Oil Help Boys With ADHD Pay Attention?

Posted 19 Mar 2015 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, March 19, 2015 – Boys with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder may benefit from the omega-3 fatty acids found in fish and some vegetable oils, a small European study suggests. Those who regularly ate an omega-3-loaded margarine experienced an improvement in their ability to pay attention, compared with boys who did not, researchers report in the March 19 issue of Neuropsychopharmacology. The results suggest that parents might help children with ADHD by adding foods rich in omega-3s to their diet, or by giving them a fish oil supplement, said lead author Dienke Bos, a postdoctoral researcher with the Brain Center Rudolf Magnus at the University Medical Center Utrecht in the Netherlands. "It most likely wouldn't hurt to try using omega-3 supplements in kids together with their medication, as it might give some extra alleviation" of ADHD symptoms, Bos said. However, the ... Read more

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About 7 Percent of Kids Worldwide Have ADHD: Study

Posted 3 Mar 2015 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, March 3, 2015 – About 7 percent of children worldwide have attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), new research concludes. This estimate – which differs significantly from other recent appraisals – is based on data from 175 prior studies conducted over nearly four decades. The approximation could help public health officials determine whether ADHD is overdiagnosed or underdiagnosed in their nation, state or community, said lead author Rae Thomas, of Bond University in Australia. "Prevalence estimates act as an anchor," said Thomas, a senior research fellow at the university's Center for Research in Evidence-Based Practice. "When people hear that number, they think, 'This is much more or much less common than we thought.' How common a condition is may impact how clinicians view symptoms." The estimate comes in lower than the latest data from the U.S. Centers for ... Read more

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ADHD May Raise Odds for Premature Death

Posted 26 Feb 2015 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 25, 2015 – People with attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) are more than twice as likely to die prematurely as those without the common disorder, a new study finds. The risk is small, but it's a clear indication that the disorder is a serious problem, the researchers said. In a study of more than 2 million people, Danish researchers found that accidents were the most common cause of premature death among people with ADHD. And the risk was significantly higher for women and those diagnosed in adulthood, the researchers added. "Our results add to the overwhelming existing evidence that ADHD is a true disorder and should not be taken lightly," said lead researcher Dr. Soren Dalsgaard, a senior researcher at Aarhus University. Still, Dalsgaard stressed that the actual number of premature deaths among those with ADHD was small. "Although ADHD doubles the risk, it ... Read more

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Energy Drinks Tied to Inattention, Hyper Behavior in Middle Schoolers: Study

Posted 9 Feb 2015 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Feb. 9, 2015 – Energy drinks are linked to hyperactivity and inattention in middle-school students, a new study reveals. Yale University researchers looked at more than 1,600 students at middle schools in one urban school district in Connecticut. Their average age was around 12 years. Boys were more likely to consume energy drinks than girls. The researchers also found that among boys, black and Hispanic students were more likely to drink the beverages than white students. Children who consumed energy drinks were 66 percent more likely to be at risk for hyperactivity and inattention symptoms, according to the study in the current issue of the journal Academic Pediatrics. Energy drinks have high levels of sugar and also often contain caffeine, the researchers noted. For the study, the investigators took into account the number and type of other sugar-sweetened drinks consumed by ... Read more

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No Link Seen Between Oxytocin-Assisted Labor and ADHD

Posted 9 Feb 2015 by Drugs.com

M0NDAY, Feb. 9, 2015 – Mothers who get an extra boost during labor with the medication oxytocin don't face a higher risk of having a child with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), a new study says. If a woman giving birth stops progressing during labor, she might receive oxytocin (brand name: Pitocin) as "augmentation." This drug is a synthetic version of the oxytocin hormone involved in birth. It helps push labor along, increasing the likelihood that the cervix will continue dilating. But the hormone may have other effects, too. "Oxytocin has many functions, including affecting social interactions," said Dr. Glen Elliott, chief psychiatrist and medical director of Children's Health Council in Palo Alto, Calif. "Earlier studies were divided as to whether use of oxytocin to help labor progress increased the risk of the child later having a diagnosis of ADHD." The original ... Read more

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Medication Problems May Spur Many Child ER Trips, Study Finds

Posted 2 Feb 2015 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Feb. 2, 2015 – Medication-related problems – from side effects to improper use – may be the cause of many kids' trips to the emergency room, a new study suggests. Researchers found that at one Canadian children's hospital, medication-related problems accounted for one in 12 ER visits over a year. And about two-thirds of those incidents were preventable, the researchers concluded. The findings, published online Feb. 2 in Pediatrics, do not mean that parents should be afraid to give their children needed medications, the researchers noted. Instead, parents – and older kids – should have a "clear understanding" of why a medication is being prescribed and how to use it properly, said lead researcher Peter Zed, a pharmacist and associate professor at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada. His team found that allergic reactions and drug side effects were ... Read more

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ADHD Linked to Earlier Use of Illicit Drugs in Teens: Study

Posted 28 Jan 2015 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 28, 2015 – Among people who use illicit drugs, those with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) start using them one to two years earlier in their youth than those without the disorder, a new study finds. The findings show the need to begin substance use prevention programs at an earlier age among teens with ADHD, the University of Florida researchers said. "The take-home message of this study shouldn't be that children with ADHD are more likely to become drug users. Rather, seemingly 'normal' teenage behavior, such as experimenting with tobacco or alcohol use, may occur at younger ages for individuals with ADHD," lead author Eugene Dunne, a doctoral student in clinical and health psychology, said in a university news release. In the study, Dunne's team looked at questionnaires completed by more than 900 adults who had used illicit drugs in the past six ... Read more

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