ADHD in the News 2016-07-07

Attention Problems in Early Childhood Can Have Lasting Impact

Children with attention problems in early childhood were 40 percent less likely to graduate from high school, says a new study from Duke University that examines how early childhood characteristics affect academic performance...The study, published in School Psychology Review, included 386 kindergarteners from schools in the Fast Track Project, a multi-site clinical trial in the U.S. that in 1991 began tracking how children developed across their lives.

Acetaminophen use in pregnancy linked to autism, ADHD in offspring

Acetaminophen is one of the very few painkillers considered generally safe to use during pregnancy. A new study, however, suggests it may not be so safe after all, after identifying a link between prenatal exposure to the drug and symptoms of autism and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder...The study - led by researchers from the Center for Research in Environmental Epidemiology (CREAL) in Barcelona, Spain - is published in the International Journal of Epidemiology.

How to motivate your ADHD child

By this midpoint of summer vacation, parents of ADHD children are praying hard for their child's classroom teacher...Teachers, for their part, hope that the ADHD's parents will now better understand their jobs and how difficult it is to motivate a child with ADHD....Humor aside, parents and teachers find it difficult to motivate the child with ADHD. What are some ideas or behavioral techniques that can motivate your ADHD child? There are two very important initial ideas.

What Is the Link Between ADHD and Working Memory?

Students with ADHD often have average or even high IQ. Yet they struggle with learning. I was quite puzzled by this for some time because usually high IQ scores are associated with good grades...How is it that students with ADHD and gifted students share similar IQ and behavior profiles, yet they have very different learning profiles.

Omega-3 may reduce aggressive behaviour in kids

Omega-3 is hailed as one of the super nutrients, boosting the functioning of many processes in the body but how much of an affect can these fatty acids have on improving a child’s behaviour? A new, first-of-its-kind study by the University of Pennsylvania aimed to investigate just that.

New hope for reducing children’s risks of autism, ADHD and intellectual disabilities: Arthur Lavin (Opinion)

A coalition of the nation's experts in the domains of epidemiology, toxicology, exposure science, and a variety of specialists in medicine have published their concerns about a set of six categories of chemicals (lead, mercury, air pollutants, flame retardants, PCBs, and organo-phosphate insecticides) that play a role in causing harm to the developing brain, and play an important role in children developing intellectual disabilities, ADHD, and/or autism spectrum disorder. This work opens the door to actually reducing the chance that a child could develop one of these neurodevelopmental disorders.