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Are Concussions Tougher on Athletes With ADHD?

Posted 4 days ago by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, July 12, 2018 – Young athletes with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) might be at higher risk of developing depression and anxiety symptoms after a concussion, a preliminary study suggests. The study, of nearly 1,000 college athletes, found those with both ADHD and a history of concussion scored higher on measures of depression and anxiety. That was in comparison to ...

Parent's Tough Childhood Can Cast Shadow Across Generations

Posted 7 days ago by Drugs.com

MONDAY, July 9, 2018 – When a parent has suffered abuse or other adversities as a child, their children may be more prone to mood and behavior problems, a new study suggests. Their kids were twice as likely to have been diagnosed with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). And they were four times as likely to have been diagnosed with any mental health disorder. The findings imply that ...

Childhood Cancer Impacts Mental Health

Posted 13 Jun 2018 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, June 13, 2018 – Children with neuroblastoma, a pediatric cancer of nerve cells, are vulnerable to mental health and behavioral problems, a new study finds. Neuroblastoma is diagnosed at a median age of 17.3 months. Treatment advances have prolonged survival for many patients, the study authors said. This study included 859 children younger than 18 who had been diagnosed with ...

Baby Teeth Give Clues to Autism's Origins, Detection

Posted 30 May 2018 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, May 30, 2018 – A close examination of baby teeth is giving new insight into the roots of autism – and ways to spot it early. The research suggests that the way infants metabolize two nutrients – zinc and copper – may predict who will develop the condition. "We have identified cycles in nutrient metabolism that are apparently critical to healthy neurodevelopment, and are ...

Banned Pregnancy Drug, Diethylstilbestrol, Linked to ADHD Generations Later

Posted 21 May 2018 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, May 21, 2018 – A pregnancy drug that has been banned for decades may increase the risk for attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) generations later, new research suggests. The study found that the grandchildren of women who took a synthetic estrogen, diethylstilbestrol (also known as DES), to prevent pregnancy complications between 1938 and 1971 are more likely to have the ...

Overdoses on ADHD Drugs May Be Rising

Posted 21 May 2018 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, May 21, 2018 – The number of U.S. kids accidentally or intentionally overdosing on ADHD medications may be on the rise, a new study suggests. Researchers found that between 2000 and 2011, there was a 71 percent increase in calls to U.S. poison control centers related to kids' ingestion of drugs prescribed for ADHD (attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder). After 2011, there was a small ...

Fewer Antibiotics for Kids, But More ADHD Drugs

Posted 15 May 2018 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, May 15, 2018 – American kids are taking fewer prescription medications these days – but certain drugs are being prescribed more than ever, a new government study finds. Researchers found that between 1999 and 2014, the percentage of children and teenagers who'd been given a prescription in the past 30 days dipped – from almost 25 percent, to just under 22 percent. But the trends ...

After-School Programs a Blessing for Kids With ADHD

Posted 10 May 2018 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, May 10, 2018 – After-school activities might be just what the doctor ordered for kids with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), researchers suggest. After analyzing records on more than 4,000 children with ADHD, the investigators found that nearly 72 percent of them took part in one or more after-school activities. And if they did, they missed fewer days of school and had ...

ADHD Tied to Brain Size Changes in Young Children

Posted 27 Mar 2018 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, March 27, 2018 – Young children with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) have smaller-than-normal brain regions that are crucial in controlling behavior, researchers have found. Along with conducting MRI brain scans, the researchers assessed the thinking skills and behavior of 90 children, ages 4 and 5. The investigators found that those children with ADHD had significantly ...

Kids With Severe Brain Injuries May Develop ADHD: Study

Posted 19 Mar 2018 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, March 19, 2018 – Young children who sustain a severe head injury may struggle with attention problems as they grow older, researchers say. A new study reports that kids who sustained a severe traumatic brain injury around ages 3 to 7 are three and a half times more likely to develop attention deficit hyperactivity disorder by the time they enter middle school. "Those kids had a risk of ...

Fetal Alcohol Cases More Common Than Thought: Study

Posted 6 Feb 2018 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Feb. 6, 2018 – More U.S. children may be living with brain damage from prenatal drinking than experts have thought, a new study suggests. The study of four U.S. communities found that at least 1 percent to 5 percent of first-graders had a fetal alcohol spectrum disorder, or FASD. The prevalence ranged depending on the community. And when the researchers used a less-strict estimate, the ...

Health Tip: Manage ADHD In Children

Posted 24 Jan 2018 by Drugs.com

-- Attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) tends to make a person more impulsive, inattentive and hyperactive. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration suggests how to help manage ADHD in children: Train parents, teachers and other caregivers in a setting where problem behaviors often occur. Behavior therapy to teach the child new behavior to replace undesirable ...

ADHD Drug Use Soars Among Young Women

Posted 18 Jan 2018 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Jan. 18, 2018 – Though drugs to treat attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) are typically taken by children and young teens, scores of women of childbearing age are now using the medications, a new government report shows. That's important, health experts say, because the exact effects on the fetus of ADHD meds such as Ritalin or Concerta simply aren't known. Between 2003 and ...

Family Meals Serve Up Better Behaved Kids

Posted 14 Dec 2017 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Dec. 14, 2017 – Children whose families regularly eat meals together tend to have better social skills and fitness levels, researchers report. Family meals yield multiple physical and mental health benefits, according to the long-term Canadian study. "The presence of parents during mealtimes likely provides young children with firsthand social interaction, discussions of social issues ...

Ritalin During Pregnancy May Raise Risk of Heart Defect in Baby

Posted 13 Dec 2017 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Dec. 13, 2017 – If you take Ritalin or Concerta for attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and you plan to become pregnant, you might want to talk to your doctor about switching your medication first. A new study found a small increased risk of having a baby with a heart defect if Ritalin/Concerta (methylphenidate) was taken by the mother-to-be. However, taking amphetamines ...

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