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

Posted 26 Oct 2018 by Drugs.com

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 Drugs.com

-- 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 Drugs.com

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 Drugs.com

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 Drugs.com

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 ...

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

Posted 8 Aug 2018 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 ...

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