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Attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a neurobehavioral disorder that affects 3-5 percent of all American children. It interferes with a person's ability to stay on a task and to exercise age-appropriate inhibition (cognitive alone or both cognitive and behavioral). Some of the warning signs of ADHD include failure to listen to instructions, inability to organize oneself and school work, fidgeting with hands and feet, talking too much, leaving projects, chores and homework unfinished, and having trouble paying attention to and responding to details. There are several types of ADHD: a predominantly inattentive subtype, a predominantly hyperactive-impulsive subtype, and a combined subtype. ADHD is usually diagnosed in childhood, although the condition can continue into the adult years.
New, non-medication treatments for children with ADHD

New, non-medication treatments for children with ADHD

Teachers have long struggled to get children to sit still at their desks. But for children with ADHD, those orders might be counterproductive. [More]
ADHD increases risk of becoming obese

ADHD increases risk of becoming obese

With the incidence of obesity increasing steadily, much research has been undertaken to try and identify those people who are most likely to become obese so measures can be taken to avoid excessive weight gain, since it is easier to prevent than to reverse. [More]
New research shows link between childhood ADHD and obesity development during adulthood

New research shows link between childhood ADHD and obesity development during adulthood

The incidence of childhood and adult obesity has increased significantly over the past three decades. New research shows that there is an association between obesity development during adulthood and childhood attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). [More]
Black-box warnings about dangers of ADHD drugs confusing, say researchers

Black-box warnings about dangers of ADHD drugs confusing, say researchers

Black-box warnings about the dangers of attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) medications are confusing and could have serious consequences for the risk of youth suicide, according to researchers at the Institut universitaire en santé mentale de Montréal (CIUSSS de l'Est-de-l'Île-de-Montréal) and the University of Montreal, whose correspondence has just been published in the most recent issue of the journal The Lancet Psychiatry. [More]
Variations in RANBP1 gene may disrupt brain signaling in neuropsychiatric conditions

Variations in RANBP1 gene may disrupt brain signaling in neuropsychiatric conditions

Scientists have identified a gene that appears to play a significant role in raising a person's risk of having more severe subtypes of autism that co-occur with other genetic diseases, such as the chromosomal disorder 22q11.2 deletion syndrome. [More]
Researchers find no evidence that prenatal exposure to antidepressants increases risk for autism, ADHD

Researchers find no evidence that prenatal exposure to antidepressants increases risk for autism, ADHD

An analysis of medical records data from three Massachusetts health care systems finds no evidence that prenatal exposure to antidepressants increases the risk for autism and related disorders or for attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). [More]
Seeing alcohol abuse, drug use can make teens engage in antisocial behavior on the same day

Seeing alcohol abuse, drug use can make teens engage in antisocial behavior on the same day

Seeing others drink alcohol or use drugs makes it more likely that teenagers will engage in antisocial behavior on the same day, according to new findings from Duke University. [More]
Researchers encourage more caution in use of ADHD medicine

Researchers encourage more caution in use of ADHD medicine

Authors of new Cochrane Review remain uncertain about effect of widely used medicine on ADHD symptoms, despite large amount of research. Some evidence of increased sleeplessness and loss of appetite leads researchers to encourage more caution in use of methylphenidate. [More]
Stimulant medications for ADHD cause sleep problems among children

Stimulant medications for ADHD cause sleep problems among children

Stimulant medications for attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) cause sleep problems among the children who take them, a new study from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln concludes. [More]
Medication not psychotherapy intensity sways treatment outcome in adult ADHD

Medication not psychotherapy intensity sways treatment outcome in adult ADHD

Psychological interventions for adult attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder are best combined with methylphenidate, show findings from the COMPAS trial. [More]
Scientists map out the brain circuitry critical for filtering out distractions

Scientists map out the brain circuitry critical for filtering out distractions

In a study of mice, scientists discovered that a brain region called the thalamus may be critical for filtering out distractions. The study, published in Nature and partially funded by the National Institutes of Health, paves the way to understanding how defects in the thalamus might underlie symptoms seen in patients with autism, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), and schizophrenia. [More]
Premature babies face increased risk of mental illness due to weakened connections in brain networks

Premature babies face increased risk of mental illness due to weakened connections in brain networks

Babies born prematurely face an increased risk of neurological and psychiatric problems that may be due to weakened connections in brain networks linked to attention, communication and the processing of emotions, new research shows. [More]
Ex-prisoners with common psychiatric disorders more likely to commit violent crimes after release

Ex-prisoners with common psychiatric disorders more likely to commit violent crimes after release

Ex-prisoners with common psychiatric disorders such as bipolar disorder (manic-depressive disorder) and alcohol and drug abuse are substantially more likely to commit a violent crime after release than other prisoners, according to new research published in The Lancet Psychiatry journal. [More]
Lannett enters into definitive agreement to purchase KU for $1.23 billion

Lannett enters into definitive agreement to purchase KU for $1.23 billion

Lannett Company, Inc. today announced that it has signed a definitive agreement to purchase Kremers Urban Pharmaceuticals Inc., the U.S. specialty generic pharmaceuticals subsidiary of global biopharmaceuticals company UCB S.A., for $1.23 billion, plus potential contingency payments. [More]
Young adults diagnosed with ADHD in adolescence show differences in brain structure, memory

Young adults diagnosed with ADHD in adolescence show differences in brain structure, memory

Young adults diagnosed with attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in adolescence show differences in brain structure and perform poorly in memory tests compared to their peers, according to new research from the University of Cambridge, UK, and the University of Oulu, Finland. [More]
Study provides insight into how the ability to inhibit an action affects attention and memory

Study provides insight into how the ability to inhibit an action affects attention and memory

You're driving on a busy road and you intend to switch lanes when you suddenly realize that there's a car in your blind spot. You have to put a stop to your lane change -- and quickly. A new study by Duke University researchers suggests that this type of scenario makes a person less likely to remember what halted the action -- for example, the make and model of the car in the blind spot. [More]

Drug treatment mitigates injury risk in ADHD children

Study findings show the importance of pharmacological treatment for attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder in ameliorating the increased risk of injuries associated with the condition. [More]

Ironshore partners with Restore Health to participate in HLD-200 clinical trial to treat ADHD

Ironshore Pharmaceuticals & Development, Inc. has signed an agreement with Restore Health, a company specializing in personalized medicine, to participate in the fulfillment of a double-blind clinical trial, designed to evaluate the safety and efficacy of HLD-200, a new drug in development to treat Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). [More]

Study: Positive reinforcement improves performance of ADHD kids on certain cognitive tasks

A little recognition for a job well done means a lot to children with Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) - more so than it would for typically developing kids. [More]
Mothers with chemical intolerances more likely to have children with ASD or ADHD

Mothers with chemical intolerances more likely to have children with ASD or ADHD

A new study from The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio found that mothers with chemical intolerances are two to three times more likely than other women to have a child with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) or attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). [More]
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