ADHD in the News 2015-09-29

For kids with special learning needs, roadblocks remain

Despite decades of neuroscience advancement, new diagnostic technologies, and a focus on studying children with disabilities, many children with special needs like attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and dyslexia are still being left behind at school

Immune system may be pathway between nature and good health

Research has found evidence that spending time in nature provides protections against a startling range of diseases, including depression, diabetes, obesity, ADHD, cardiovascular disease, cancer, and many more...After reviewing hundreds of studies examining nature’s effects on health, University of Illinois environment and behavior researcher Ming Kuo believes the answer lies in nature’s ability to enhance the functioning of the body’s immune system

Is It Old Age, or A.D.H.D.?

The 73-year-old widow came to see Dr. David Goodman, an assistant professor in the psychiatry and behavioral sciences department at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, after her daughter had urged her to “see somebody” for her increasing forgetfulness. She was often losing her pocketbook and keys and had trouble following conversations, and 15 minutes later couldn’t remember much of what was said.

Misdiagnosis of girls with ADHD takes toll

Girls with ADHD are not being diagnosed or are being diagnosed much later than boys and that has deadly consequences, says behavioural pediatrician and University of Windsor professor Sharon Burey. ""Girls do squeak through the cracks and these girls are dying of accidents,"" Burey said as Windsor’s Oct. 2 ADHD Awareness Day approaches.

ADHD and DNA: Children, Mothers With Psychiatric Disorder Have Shorter Telomeres

New findings published in the journal Frontiers of Molecular Neuroscience suggest that children with ADHD and their mothers are more likely to have shorter telomeres, putting them at an increased risk of early death; this also increases the risk for chronic diseases and conditions like diabetes, obesity and cancer. However, researchers did not find any alterations in the father's telomere length.

Mom shares challenges of raising child with ADHD

Mothers of children with behavioral issues regularly hear all sorts of remarks: “He’s chiflado.” “He’d do well with a good chancletazo.” “Send him to me, I can straighten him out.” When you have a child with behavioral or mental health disorders, like I do, you are a magnet for unsolicited advice.

Two people just played 20 questions by reading each other’s thoughts

Scientists in the US have linked up the brains of participants almost 1.5 km apart, allowing them to play a 20 questions-style game using nothing but their thoughts. This is the first experiment to demonstrate that two brains can be linked up directly to allow one person to accurately guess what's on the other's mind, and it's a pretty huge deal.

CHADD Takes Steps to Improve ADHD Treatment Monitoring

CHADD (Children and Adults with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder), the leading national non-profit organization dedicated to helping individuals with ADHD, today announced a new benefit for parent members to help improve ADHD treatment monitoring.

FIU to examine substance use in youths as part of national landmark study on brain development

The National Institutes of Health has awarded FIU $12.7 million as part of a multi-year national landmark study on substance use and adolescent brain development...The researchers will also examine the presence of disruptive behavior disorders including attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), oppositional defiant disorder symptoms and others.