ADHD in the News 2018-04-26

Helping Kids With A.D.H.D., and Their Families, Thrive

When a child has attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, it affects everybody in the family, said Dr. Mark Bertin, a developmental pediatrician in Pleasantville, N.Y. Parents need to understand the nature of A.D.H.D., he said, and appreciate that it affects “a host of self-management skills,” which play out in school but also in daily home routines.

Micronutrient Levels May Be Altered in ADHD

Levels of some micronutrients, including magnesium, folate, vitamin B12, zinc, and vitamin D 25-OH, were significantly altered in children with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), according to data presented at the annual American Academy of Neurology meeting from April 21-27, 2018, in Los Angeles, California.

Co-occurring conditions alter timing of autism diagnosis

Children with autism typically have four or five other conditions, such as attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), a new study suggests. And which conditions a child has influences whether she is diagnosed with autism sooner or later than average.

Acetaminophen use during pregnancy linked to increased ASD and ADHD risk

In a first-of-its-kind the American Journal of Epidemiology shows that prolonged exposure to acetaminophen during pregnancy is associated with a 30% increase in relative risk for ADHD compared to those who did not take acetaminophen during pregnancy and a 20% increase in relative risk for ASD.

Prenatal Exposure to Opiates, Illicit Substances Associated With ADHD, Autism in Offspring

Children exposed to opiates and a number of illicit substances while in utero had more mental health symptoms associated with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and autism spectrum disorders (ASD) than children not exposed to those substances, according to research published in Substance Abuse: Research and Treatment.

MRI Reveals Brain Differences in Children With ADHD

Researchers from Sichuan University have used cerebral radiomics, an analytical framework for psychoradiology that they developed, to identify diagnostic and subtyping features of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).

Video Games and Exercise as Alternative Therapies for ADHD

Preliminary findings suggest that certain domains of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) can be improved with at-home computer interventions and other nonpharmacologic modalities such as physical activity.1 This comes as welcome news to children, who adapt easily to mobile devices and exercise, and to parents who seek alternatives to drugs that have limited efficacy and adverse effects.