ADHD in the News 2015-10-27

ADHD May Have Different Effects on Brains of Boys and Girls

Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) manifests itself differently in the brains of girls than in the brains of boys, new research suggests...""The findings showed differences in the white matter microstructure between boys and girls,"" said study co-author Lisa Jacobson, a pediatric neuropsychologist at the Kennedy Krieger Institute, in Baltimore. White matter helps different regions of the brain communicate with each other.

Children in foster care three times more likely to have ADHD diagnosis

Researchers already knew that attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder was the most common behavioral health diagnosis among children enrolled in Medicaid. A new study found that children in foster care were three times more likely than others to have an ADHD diagnosis

Is it ADHD—or Autism?

Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and autism can look a lot alike. Children with either one can be very active and impulsive, and can have trouble focusing and interacting with other people. In fact, it can be hard to tell the difference between the two. But telling the difference is very important

FDA Approves Liquid Extended-Release Amphetamine for Treatment of ADHD

The FDA announced that it has approved Tris Pharma’s extended-release amphetamine oral suspension (Dyanavel XR) for the treatment of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in children aged 6 years and older. The drug, developed using the manufacturer’s LiquiXR technology, is now the first and only once-daily, extended-release, amphetamine-based oral liquid to be granted FDA approval for treating ADHD

Electronic decision support improves ADHD treatment guideline adherence

The use of an electronic template and a uniform workflow improved adherence to AAP evidence-based guidelines for the treatment of attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder with stimulant medication, according to data presented at the 2015 AAP National Conference and Exhibition

Pet Ownership and Physical Health

Pet ownership and brief human–animal interactions can serve as a form of social support and convey a host of beneficial psychological and physiological health benefits. This article critically examines recent relevant literature on the pet–health connection

FIGO takes stand on human exposure to toxic chemicals

Dramatic increases in exposure to toxic chemicals in the last four decades are threatening human reproduction and health, according to the International Federation of Gynecology and Obstetrics (FIGO), the first global reproductive health organization to take a stand on human exposure to toxic chemicals.