ADHD in the News 2018-01-04

Review of Trials Finds Support for Combination ADHD Therapies, but Not Alternative Treatments

Behavioral therapy combined with stimulants is more effective and tolerable than other treatments for attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), according to a recently published review and network meta-analysis of 190 randomized trials. The review did not find evidence to support cognitive training, neurofeedback, antidepressants, antipsychotics, dietary therapy, fatty acids, and other complementary and alternative medicine.

ADHD Increases STI Risk, But Medications May Help Reduce It

Summary: A new study reveals ADHD increases the risk of sexually transmitted infections in adolescents threefold compared to the general population. However, the use of ADHD medications reduces the risk of STIs in males by up to 41%.

ADHD Study Reveals a Collection of Discrete Disorders

Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a collection of discreet disorders in which the brain functions in completely different ways, a new study suggests. The finding is a departure from views of ADHD as a single disorder with small variations ––and may lead clinicians to rethink a one-size-fits-all approach to assessment and care.

More Parents of ADHD Children Seek Info from Internet than from Provider

More parents of children with attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) report obtaining information about the condition and treatment from online sources than from either the healthcare provider, school or pharmacy. Lead author, Adam Sage, PhD candidate, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, N.C., commented to MD Magazine on the variety of information sources available to parents, and how differences in their access, interest and understanding of the information could effect therapeutic interventions provided to the children as well as the compliance to treatment.

Cigarette smoking during pregnancy linked to ADHD risk in offspring

Children born to women who smoke cigarettes during pregnancy, especially when mothers are heavy smokers, are at an increased risk for attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), a new review of medical studies confirms...An increased risk of ADHD for children of women who smoke while pregnant has been reported before. What’s new here, the authors say, is that the data have been pooled from studies in multiple countries and time periods, and also that as the daily tally of cigarettes went up, the risk of ADHD went up.

Is There a Link Between ADHD and Aggression?

Suppose a child or adult with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder lashes out to a friend, family member or teacher on a regular basis. Perhaps he or she abruptly tosses homework to the floor then stomps off, or maybe someone uses foul language in response to a bothersome situation. Could it be that the person with ADHD who regularly behaves in such a manner struggles to keep aggression under control? Is there a link between the two?

Yes, the ADHD Brain Can Be Trained to Improve

Many people opt to play crossword puzzles, learn a new language or take up a different hobby, not only because it’s enjoyable, but because they believe that doing so can help deliver brain-boosting benefits...But can people with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder – often referred to as a brain-based disorder – also train their brain to improve?