ADHD News

Autism Risk May be Linked to Mother’s Depression, Not Medication

August 27th, 2014
The debate continues on whether prenatal antidepressant use increases the risk of autism among children. New research suggests prior findings that show an increased risk of autism after medication use, may actually reflect the known increased risk associated with severe maternal depression. The new ...

In Kids, Physical Disabilities Down But Others Are Up — Especially Among Rich

August 19th, 2014
Although physical disabilities have declined among U.S. children, there has been a sharp rise in mental and developmental problems, especially in those from wealthier families, according to a 10-year analysis published in the journal Pediatrics. Children from poor families, however, still bear the ...

Imaging Study Shows How Children Memorize Facts

August 18th, 2014
New brain-imaging research reveals how the brain reorganizes itself as children learn basic math facts. "As children learn basic arithmetic, they go from solving problems by counting on their fingers to pulling facts from memory," researchers at the Stanford University School of Medicine ...

For Many Kids, Parent in Jail Can Be Worse Than Divorce, Parental Death

August 16th, 2014
For Many Kids, Parent in Jail Can Be Worse Than Divorce, Parental DeathA new study has found significant mental health problems, including behavioral issues, in children whose parents are incarcerated. In fact, according to researchers ...

Tracking Eye Movements Can Diagnose ADHD

August 14th, 2014
A novel method to diagnose attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) may be in plain sight. In a new study from Tel Aviv University published in Vision Research, involuntary eye movements accurately reflect the presence of ADHD, as well as the benefits of stimulants used to treat the ...

Similar Brain Deficits Impact ADHD, Addiction, Conduct Disorder

August 13th, 2014
Emerging research has discovered that many common behavioral problems stem from the same neurocognitive deficits. The finding suggests that disorders may be detected, and cared for early in the spectrum of care by focusing on a few critical behaviors. Investigators from the University of ...

Brain Imaging Shows How Musical Training May Affect Cognition

June 20th, 2014
A new study suggests a possible biological link between youth musical training and improved executive functioning in both children and adults. Researchers from Boston Children's Hospital used functional MRI brain imaging to show that musically trained individuals demonstrated enhanced activation of specific areas ...

ADHD Meds Shown to Not Increase Suicide Risk – And May Protect Against It

June 19th, 2014
A comprehensive review of a national patient registry shows that drug therapy for attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) does not increase suicide attempts or suicide, as was previously feared. In fact, according to Swedish researchers from the Karolinska Institute, the ADHD medications may have ...

Iron Levels May Help Fine-Tune ADHD Diagnosis

June 18th, 2014
A new radiology study finds that brain iron levels may serve as a biomarker in the diagnosis of attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and help to fine-tune diagnosis. Psychostimulant medications such as Ritalin are among the drugs commonly used to reduce ADHD symptoms. Psychostimulants affect levels ...

Imaging Suggests Evidence of Biological Basis for Adult ADHD

June 11th, 2014
Imaging Suggests Evidence of Biological Basis for Adult ADHDEmerging research discovers adults who have recovered from attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) have different levels of brain activity than adults who still suffer from ADHD. In a ...