ADHD in the News 2016-11-17

Guidelines May Have Helped Curb ADHD Diagnoses in Preschoolers

In a bit of good news, the rate of diagnoses for attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) among U.S. preschoolers has leveled off, a new study finds. At the same time, the prescribing rate of stimulant medications for these young patients has also stayed steady, a promising trend that researchers credit to treatment guidelines that were introduced in 2011.

Atopic Dermatitis Increases Risk for ADHD

Atopic dermatitis (AD) was associated with increased risk for attention deficit and attention deficit hyperactivity disorders (ADD/ADHD) in both children and adults, and risk was further heightened for those with more severe AD symptoms and frequent sleep interruption, according to a new analysis of US population-based surveys.

Young adults with ADHD may display unique physiological signs that could lead to accurate diagnosis

In a recent study [by Penn State researchers], young adults with ADHD, when performing a continuous motor task, had more difficulty inhibiting a motor response compared to young adults who did not have ADHD. The participants with ADHD also produced more force during the task compared to participants without ADHD.

Autism and ADHD have more in common than you might think

In a new study published online on Nov. 2 in the journal PLOS One, a team of Dutch and Swiss researchers analyzed MRI scans from over 500 volunteers to identify the brain structures involved in the overlap of ADHD and autism. The findings revealed that autistic traits in individuals with ADHD could be predicted by the interaction of certain regions that play a role in the brain’s reward processing system.

Making Exercise Fun for Kids with Autism, ADHD

The most effective way to help children with autism, attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), and Tourette syndrome get more exercise is to make it fun, according to a small international study that surveyed 132 adult caretakers of children with neurodevelopmental disorders.

ADHD … it’s complicated, but manageable

In this final segment on ADHD, we take on the questions of whether medications are effective in treating ADHD and whether the condition is over-diagnosed or underdiagnosed.

Allergies during pregnancy contribute to changes in the brains of rat offspring

A new study in rats could begin to explain why allergies during pregnancy are linked to higher risks for attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder and autism in children. Researchers at The Ohio State University found significant changes in the brain makeup of fetuses and newborn rats exposed to allergens during pregnancy."

5 Tips for Working With Someone With ADHD

For people who have ADHD, an important part of managing the condition is finding what environments play to their strengths. For people who don’t have ADHD but work with someone who does, though, you are still a small part of that all-important “environment,” and you might find you get better results depending on how you approach things. Here are some tips for working with someone who has ADHD.