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Animal Study Suggests Ritalin Won't Harm the Heart

Posted 12 days ago by

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 9, 2019 – Ritalin, a widely used stimulant drug to treat attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), likely poses no risk of heart damage in children, new research in monkeys suggests. The findings are "very reassuring," said the study's principal investigator, Dr. Steven Lipshultz. Each year, more than 1.8 million children in the United States take drugs to treat ADHD. ...

Autism, ADHD in One Child Tied to Raised Risk in Siblings

Posted 10 Dec 2018 by

MONDAY, Dec. 10, 2018 – Autism and attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) are so closely linked that they not only run in families, but each increases the risk of the other in future siblings, a new study finds. Younger siblings of children with autism have a 30-fold increased relative risk they'll be diagnosed with autism themselves. They're also nearly four times as likely to be ...

Could Young Age at School Start Lead to False Diagnosis of ADHD?

Posted 29 Nov 2018 by

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 28, 2018 – Does being the youngest in the class up your child's odds of being erroneously diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)? It might. New research suggests these kids appear to be about 30 percent more likely to receive a diagnosis of ADHD. However, it probably doesn't change a child's actual risk of developing ADHD. So if your child was an August ...

Newly Mapped Genes May Hold Keys to ADHD

Posted 26 Nov 2018 by

MONDAY, Nov. 26, 2018 – Millions of American kids with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) may have a genetic vulnerability to the disease, a new study suggests. Researchers analyzed data from more than 55,000 individuals and identified 12 gene regions linked with ADHD. These regions probably affect the central nervous system, the study authors said. The discovery might help ...

Sharp Rise Seen in Kids' ER Visits for Mental Health Woes

Posted 2 Nov 2018 by

FRIDAY, Nov. 2, 2018 – Mental health issues are sending more and more kids and teens to hospital emergency rooms, and that increase has been most dramatic among minorities, a new report shows. Between 2012 and 2016, overall admissions shot up 50 percent in the United States, the researchers said. "Prior to our study, we knew that an increasing number of children with mental health concerns were ...

Parents, Don't Be So Quick to Jump to an ADHD Diagnosis

Posted 26 Oct 2018 by

FRIDAY, Oct. 26, 2018 – A growing number of U.S. children are being diagnosed with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder. But parents shouldn't be too quick to get their child checked for ADHD, a child expert says. "The key to determining if your child has the disorder is the consistent demonstration of at least six specific traits for a minimum of six months, and in two settings such as at ...

Health Tip: Coping With ADHD

Posted 18 Sep 2018 by

-- Attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) makes it difficult for a person – most often a child – to pay attention and stay focused. A child with ADHD can be a more impulsive, which can lead to issues with learning and maintaining friendships. If your child is diagnosed with ADHD, he or she may have difficulty organizing things, listening to instructions, remembering details and ...

ADHD Tied to Raised Risk of Early Parkinson's

Posted 12 Sep 2018 by

WEDNESDAY, Sept. 12, 2018 – People with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) may be more than twice as likely to develop an early onset form of Parkinson's, new research warns. What's more, among "those ADHD patients who had a record of being treated with amphetamine-like drugs – especially Ritalin [methylphenidate] – the risk dramatically increased, to between eight- to nine-fold," ...

ADHD Rates Rising Sharply in U.S. Kids

Posted 31 Aug 2018 by

FRIDAY, Aug. 31, 2018 – The number of ADHD diagnoses among children has risen dramatically in the past two decades, going from 6 percent to 10 percent, a new report shows. However, it's still an open question whether all of these diagnoses represent a true increase in ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder) among kids, said senior researcher Dr. Wei Bao. He's an assistant professor of ...

As U.S. Kids Take More Meds, Dangerous Drug Mixes Could Rise

Posted 27 Aug 2018 by

MONDAY, Aug. 27, 2018 – Everyone worries about drug abuse among children, but a hidden danger for some kids rests in prescription medicines intended to help them, a new study warns. Some children and teenagers who are prescribed multiple medications are at risk of drug interactions that could literally stop their heart, according to the report. "We found that about 1 in 12 kids using two or more ...

Here's Food for Thought -- and School Success

Posted 26 Aug 2018 by

SATURDAY, Aug. 25, 2018 – Want to help your kids succeed at school? Watch what they eat. Research shows that children who have a nutritious breakfast have better concentration, more energy and do better in school, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). Some schools provide breakfast. If your kids' school does not, make sure they eat a breakfast at home that includes some protein. ...

FDA Approves Jornay PM (methylphenidate) Extended-Release Capsules for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)

Posted 10 Aug 2018 by

GEORGE TOWN, Cayman Islands--(BUSINESS WIRE)August 09, 2018 --Ironshore Pharmaceuticals & Development, Inc. (“Ironshore”) a wholly owned subsidiary of Highland Therapeutics Inc. (“Highland”) announced today that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved the New Drug Application (NDA) for Jornay PM (methylphenidate) (formerly known as HLD200) for the treatment of Attention Deficit Hy ...

Which Drugs Work Best for ADHD? Large Study Zeroes in on Two

Posted 8 Aug 2018 by

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 8, 2018 – Researchers have identified what they describe as the safest, most effective short-term drug treatments for attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). It's methylphenidate for kids and amphetamines for adults, according to a new study. Those conclusions are drawn from an analysis of more than 133 clinical trials that included more than 14,000 children and teens, ...

Top of Teachers' To-Do List: Focus on the Positives

Posted 18 Jul 2018 by

WEDNESDAY, July 18, 2018 – Students gain when teachers focus on positive behavior. So say British researchers who examined the impact of a program designed to train teachers to build strong social relationships with their students. They're encouraged to ignore minor bad behavior, and acknowledge good behavior. The program resulted in improved student behavior, concentration and mental health, ...

Can Smartphones Trigger ADHD Symptoms in Teens?

Posted 17 Jul 2018 by

TUESDAY, July 17, 2018 – Teenagers who constantly use their smartphones may have a heightened risk of developing symptoms of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, a new study suggests. The findings offer a look at a question many parents may have: Can those ubiquitous digital devices – and their constant pull on kids' attention – cause mental or behavioral issues? The answer, the study ...

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