ADHD in the News 2016-06-16

Sound Sleep Elusive for Many Kids With ADHD

A new study supports a claim parents have long made about children with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder -- kids with ADHD don't sleep as well as other kids. "Children with ADHD have huge sleep problems," said study leader Anne Virring Sorensen, a researcher at Aarhus University in Risskov, Denmark. "We verified [their sleep problems] by polysomnography, which hadn't been done before," she said.

ADHD and OCD Patients Differ Fundamentally in Brain Abnormalities

ADHD and OCD patients both suffer from poor inhibitory control and in both disorders this has been associated with structural and functional deficits in fronto-striatal networks. However, it is not clear to what extent the two disorders differ in their underlying neural substrates. This study therefore conducted a meta-analysis of all published whole brain structural and functional MRI studies of inhibitory control in both disorders.

Drug treatment of hyperactivity in kids may have levelled off in UK

The tendency to treat childhood hyperactivity (ADHD) with drugs may have reached a plateau in the UK, following a steep rise in the number of prescriptions for these medicines over the past 20 years, reveals research published in the online journal BMJ Open.

Are Hispanics less likely to get diagnosed with ADHD in the US?

Despite concerns that children are being overly drugged for behaviour, there are data to suggest that some kids aren’t getting the care they actually need...In an already diminished field, Hispanic children may be getting even less care than non-Hispanic white children.

Sugar and ADHD: A Bad Mix?

Beyond our run-of-the-mill sugar highs, many parents think that ADHD and sugar are a particularly bad mix. Too much sugar makes ADHD symptoms worse. That’s the logic. The “sugar high” aggravates the already vulnerable hyperactivity or inattention. Kind of like a sugar high squared. But once again, the research linking sugar and ADHD is not totally supportive. It’s mixed.

Individuals diagnosed with ADHD, obesity have reduced ability to delay gratification

Two new studies led by researchers at McMaster University and St. Joseph's Healthcare Hamilton have found that individuals diagnosed with ADHD or obesity are more likely to choose smaller immediate rewards over larger future rewards. This reduced capacity to delay gratification in many individuals diagnosed with ADHD or obesity may lead to new approaches for the clinical treatment of these conditions."