ADHD in the News 2016-02-09

ADHD Tied to Obesity Risk for Girls, Study Contends

In a 1,000-person study, Mayo Clinic researchers found that girls with ADHD may be twice as likely to be obese in childhood or early adulthood as girls without the disorder. This association was not linked to treatment with stimulants such as Ritalin and Adderall, the researchers said.

5 Things to Know About Adult ADHD

Some older patients may have never been diagnosed as a child, and there is evidence suggesting that more adults are just now seeking treatment for ADHD. There are a few ways pharmacists can assist these patients. When pharmacists dispense ADHD medications to adults, for instance, they can ask what other medications the patients are currently taking or have discontinued, Charles H. Brown, MSPharm, RPh, CACP, previously wrote...Here are 5 things pharmacists should know about their adult patients with ADHD.

Growing ADHD drug selection aids individualized therapy

One way to individualize selection from the growing list of long-acting stimulants for attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder is to consider when each provides peak activity, according to an update on these medications at a psychopharmacology update held by the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.

ADHD in kids: What many parents and teachers don’t understand but need to know

Yet while ADHD is a popular subject for the research community, many teachers and parents still do not understand the condition and all the ways it affects young people at home and in school...I talked with Ned Hallowell, one of the country’s foremost experts on ADHD, about what parents and teachers need to know — but too often don’t understand — about how ADHD affects young people.

MUSC scientists study iron levels in brain to diagnose ADHD in children

Joseph Helpern and his colleagues at the Medical University of South Carolina have made significant progress studying attention deficit hyperactivity disorder through innovations in magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)...Helpern, with his colleague Jens Jensen, invented two MRI techniques that show a potential link between iron levels in the brain and ADHD.

Is ADHD linked to traumatic brain injuries?

A new study has found a “significant association” between adults who have suffered a traumatic brain injury at some point in their lives and who also have attention deficit hyperactive disorder. The study, published today in the Journal of Psychiatric Research, supports research that found a similar association in children, said Dr. Gabriela Ilie, lead author of the study and a post-doctoral fellow at St. Michael's Hospital.

Overly critical parenting linked with persistent ADHD in kids

While scientists still haven't determined the cause of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder and believe it is a mix of genetic and environmental factors, there's a new theory about why the symptoms seem to go away in some kids but not in others. It has to do with mom and dad.