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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 ...

Parents Say Schools Don't Help Kids With Mental Health, Chronic Disease

Posted 18 Sep 2017 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Sept. 18, 2017 – Many parents don't believe schools are prepared to help students with mental health problems and serious physical health issues, a new survey finds. While 77 percent of parents were certain that schools would be able to provide first aid for minor issues such as cuts, they were less confident that schools could respond to more challenging health situations. For example, ...

Back to School, Back to Planning for Kids With Autism, ADHD

Posted 4 Sep 2017 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Sept. 4, 2017 – The start of a new school year isn't always easy, especially for kids with developmental and behavioral issues, such as autism and attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder. Parents of these children may also have concerns about what lies ahead for their youngsters. But keeping a positive outlook is important for a smooth transition, according to Dr. Anson Koshy. "Starting ...

Treating ADHD May Help Curb Later Drinking, Drug Problems

Posted 24 Jul 2017 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, July 24, 2017 – Teens and adults with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder may have a lower risk of developing an alcohol or drug problem if they take medications to treat their ADHD, a new study suggests. "This study contributes to growing evidence that ADHD medication is linked to lower risk for many types of harmful behavior, including substance abuse," said study leader Patrick ...

Teens With ADHD Face a Higher Crash Risk

Posted 12 Jun 2017 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, June 12, 2017 – As if parents don't worry enough when their teens drive the family car, new research shows that adolescents with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) are even more likely than their peers to have an accident. On a positive note, the higher risk was actually much lower than previously reported in earlier, small studies, the investigators added. "We found that ...

Are All Those 'Fidget Spinners' Really Helping Kids?

Posted 25 May 2017 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, May 25, 2017 – Fidget spinners may be the latest must-have kids' toy, but claims that the gizmos help students pay attention aren't backed by science, experts say. Some retailers market the devices as a way to help kids with anxiety, autism or attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) keep themselves calm and focused in the classroom. However, there have been no studies showing ...

Car Crash Rate Falls When People With ADHD Take Meds

Posted 10 May 2017 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, May 10, 2017 – If you have attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), a new study suggests you would be wise to take your medication if you want to lower your chances of getting into a car accident. The "core symptoms" of ADHD are what boosts crash risk in the first place, explained study author Zheng Chang. Those include "inattention, hyperactivity and impulsivity," said Chang. ...

Are Smartphones Helping or Harming Kids' Mental Health?

Posted 3 May 2017 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, May 3, 2017 – Parents worry – often rightly so – about how much time their kids are spending in front of screens. Now, new research suggests that when children at risk of mental health problems spend a lot of time on smartphones or other digital technology, they're more at risk of attention and disruptive behavior issues. But the news isn't all bad. The researchers also saw a ...

Could Common Insecticides Be Tied to Behavior Issues in Kids?

Posted 2 Mar 2017 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, March 2, 2017 – Children exposed to a widely used group of insecticides may be at increased risk for behavioral problems, according to a new study. The insecticides are called pyrethroids. They're used on crops but can also be found in some mosquito repellents and in products used to treat head lice, scabies and fleas, the French research team explained. Like many types of ...

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