ADHD in the News 2015-12-01

Researchers urge caution in prescribing commonly used drug to treat ADHD

Authors of new Cochrane Review remain uncertain about effect of widely used medicine on ADHD symptoms, despite large amount of research. Some evidence of increased sleeplessness and loss of appetite leads researchers to encourage more caution in use of methylphenidate

Experts Urge Caution When Prescribing Common ADHD Drug in Kids

A comprehensive Cochrane Review shows there is very low-quality evidence to support the use of methylphenidate (Ritalin, Concerta, other brands) in children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) leading the reviewers to urge more caution when prescribing the stimulant

Iron, Dopamine, and ADHD

Iron, a common mineral (and, paradoxically, a common mineral deficiency in humans) is important to the brain and vital for normal brain development and human behavior. It is a key cofactor in the making of neurotransmitters, chemicals in the brain that affect neuron signaling, including serotonin, norepinephrine, and especially dopamine. Iron is also necessary for the enzyme monoamine oxidase to break down these neurotransmitters

UMMS neuroscientists shed light on brain ‘braking’ mechanism associated with addiction, ADHD

Neuroscientists at UMass Medical School have discovered a molecular braking mechanism for the brain chemical dopamine that may lead to more effective treatments for some forms of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and other mental health disorders in which abnormal dopamine function plays a central role

ADHD’s impact on families linked to whether child gets help, study finds

Many elementary school children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) don’t get services like medication and behaviour therapy that might improve their condition, according to an Australian study. The condition’s impact on the family and the child’s age are the biggest determinants of whether parents tap into available services, researchers found

For frazzled parents, information on ADHD

At least two things about attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder are certain: Diagnoses are increasing, and American parents’ concerns about the condition are skyrocketing...A new addition to the voluminous literature about the disorder may offer some clarity