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

Posted 9 days ago by Drugs.com

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 Drugs.com

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 Drugs.com

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

Calm Parents Help Calm Kids With ADHD

Posted 17 Nov 2017 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Nov. 16, 2017 – As challenging as it can be to raise a child with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), new research offers biological evidence that calm, positive parenting may help these kids master their own emotions and behaviors. The study was conducted with parents of preschool children with the developmental disorder. The physiological effects of using compliments and ...

Acetaminophen in Pregnancy Tied to ADHD Risk in Kids

Posted 30 Oct 2017 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Oct. 30, 2017 – Acetaminophen is considered the go-to pain medication during pregnancy. But a new study adds to evidence linking the drug to an increased risk of behavioral issues in kids. Researchers in Norway found that among nearly 113,000 children, those whose mothers used acetaminophen during pregnancy were slightly more likely to be diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity ...

Adderall Misuse May Be Hidden Part of Teen Amphetamine Abuse

Posted 25 Oct 2017 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 25, 2017 – American teens underestimate their use of amphetamines, likely because many don't know that the attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) drug Adderall is an amphetamine, a new study suggests. High school and college students sometimes use Adderall, a type of stimulant medication, without a doctor's order because they believe it will boost their mental function ...

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