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Prenatal Exposure to Air Pollution May Hike Risk of Cognitive, Behavior Problems

Prenatal Exposure to Air Pollution May Hike Risk of Cognitive, Behavior Problems

March 26th, 2015
A new study suggests a pregnant woman's exposure to polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs), the toxic air pollution caused in part by vehicle emissions, coal burning and smoking, may be bad for her child's brain. In a small study, researchers found a powerful relationship between ...
Study Finds Nearly 1 in 5 College Students Misuse ADHD Drugs

Study Finds Nearly 1 in 5 College Students Misuse ADHD Drugs

March 12th, 2015
Researchers at the University of South Carolina found that one in six college students misuse drugs for attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), a finding that has both legal and health-related consequences. Given that Ritalin, Adderall, and their ilk are Schedule II controlled substances, the ...
Early Trauma Plus ADHD Ups Risk of Self-Harm

Early Trauma Plus ADHD Ups Risk of Self-Harm

March 4th, 2015
Young women with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and a history of a troubled childhood are at greater risk for a variety of negative psychosocial outcomes. Specifically, researchers at the University of California, Berkeley (UC Berkeley), found that women with ADHD who have ...
Progress Needed on Dyslexia Research & Diagnosis

Progress Needed on Dyslexia Research & Diagnosis

March 3rd, 2015
Children with dyslexia must be diagnosed early and given treatment as soon as possible, say experts. The current state of dyslexia research and treatment are discussed by Robin L. Peterson, Ph.D., and Bruce F. Pennington, Ph.D., of the University of Denver, in ...

Higher Risk of Depression, ADHD among Preemies

February 10th, 2015
A new Canadian study has found that extremely low birth weight babies may have a higher risk of psychiatric problems in adulthood than other infants born at normal birth weights. Low birth weight infants, however, are less likely than others to have alcohol ...

Energy Drinks Can Hike Hyperactivity, Inattention in Preteens

February 10th, 2015
Preteens who consume heavily sweetened energy drinks are 66 percent more likely to be at risk for hyperactivity and inattention symptoms, according to a new study by the Yale School of Public Health. Experts suggest that children limit their intake of sweetened beverages ...
Mouse Study: Exposure to Common Pesticide May Increase Risk of ADHD

Mouse Study: Exposure to Common Pesticide May Increase Risk of ADHD

January 30th, 2015
A new lab study by scientists from several prominent universities suggests a commonly used pesticide may increase the risk of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder in children. Researchers believe the pesticide alters the development of the brain's dopamine system, the part of the brain ...
Adult Drug Users with ADHD Tend to Start Earlier

Adult Drug Users with ADHD Tend to Start Earlier

January 29th, 2015
On average, adults who use drugs and also have a history of attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder began using substances one to two years earlier than those without ADHD, according to new research from the University of Florida (UF). The findings suggest the need for early ...
Obese Kids' Brains Respond More to Sugar

Obese Kids’ Brains Respond More to Sugar

December 14th, 2014
A new study has discovered that the brains of obese children literally light up differently when tasting sugar. The study, led by researchers at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine, does not show a causal relationship between sugar hypersensitivity and ...
Teen ADHD + Conduct Disorder = Substance Abuse

Teen ADHD + Conduct Disorder = Substance Abuse

December 11th, 2014
New research finds that teens diagnosed with attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and conduct disorder are more likely to use alcohol and tobacco. The Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center study is among the first to assess such an association in this age group. Conduct disorder ...