ADHD in the News 2015-09-01

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.

ADHD and Dyslexia: The Possible Link Via Sluggish Cognitive Tempo

Before DSM-IV, investigators identified a subset of symptoms termed “sluggish cognitive tempo” (SCT) that were thought to be distinct from the core features of ADHD. Features of SCT include daydreaming, difficulty sustaining attention, decreased orientation, confusion, lethargy, drowsiness, and physical underactivity.

When Mindfulness Meets the Classroom

Many educators are introducing meditation into the classroom as a means of improving kids’ attention and emotional regulation.

20 Secrets of Successful Students

Just in time for back to school, 20 science-backed insights to make the grade.

Children’s ADHD symptoms similar to those for chronic stress

At a time when many families are looking for back-to-school bargains, others are coming into their pediatricians' offices looking for answers about their children's behavior...Many of these concerns are legitimate. But the more we learn about attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), the more we realize one label does not fit all, especially for more impoverished or stressed households.

More Choices for In-Office Cognitive Assessment Tools

New and recently US Food and Drug Administration (FDA)–approved tools to measure and monitor cognition aim to make in-office cognitive assessment faster and simpler. One of these is Cognivue (Cerebral Assessment Systems Inc), a computer-based tool designed to better and more easily assess, measure, and monitor brain function to detect early signs of dementia, according to a company press release issued in June at the time of FDA approval.

These Illustrations Perfectly Sum Up What It’s Like To Have ADHD

In an effort to break down the stigma surrounding ADHD -- and unfortunately there still is one -- Buzzfeed's Caroline Kee put together illustrations that will hit very close to home for anyone with ADHD. Check them out below.

Brain’s Response Inhibition Can Weaken Memory

New research discovers that when occasions call for the brain to make sudden changes, we often fail to remember why we halted the original action...The new results appears in the Journal of Neuroscience. The findings lend insight into how the ability to inhibit an action — a fundamental aspect of everyday life — affects other important brain functions such as attention and memory.

ADHD in the classroom: How schools are keeping kids focused

School is back in session, and one of the most talked about items in the school clinic is Attention Deficit and Hyper Activity Disorder. Teachers, nurses, and parents are all searching for ways to keep students on task and successful this school year.

Article on Risperdal Side Effects Manipulated by Company, Former FDA Chief Alleges

An article that appeared in a reputable medical journal in 2003 was “manipulated” by the manufacturer of Risperdal, a former FDA chief alleges. Dr. David Kessler, a pediatrician and former head of the FDA, stated in a report filed in U.S. court that Janssen “controlled and manipulated” this article and more than 40 others, to make their drug Risperdal appear safer for children than it really was.