ADHD in the News 2018-02-15

Parental T1D Increases Risk of Child’s ADHD Diagnosis

Children whose parents have type 1 diabetes (T1D) face a 29% higher risk of being diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactive disorder (ADHD), according to new research. The findings are the result of a new retrospective cohort study by Swedish researchers, who examined the records of more than 15,000 patients.

Proof-of-Concept Video Game Intervention Improves Spatial Working Memory in Children with ADHD

A video game-like interactive program that targets neurocognitive processes has evidenced promise in a proof-of-concept study prior to review by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) as a medical device to treat children with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)."

ADHD Medications May Reduce The Risk Of Sexually Transmitted Infection

Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) increases the risk of subsequent sexually transmitted infections (STIs) among adolescent and young adult populations by about three times, reports a study published in the January 2018 issue of the Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (JAACAP). The authors also found that short- and long-term use of ADHD medication reduced the risk of subsequent STIs among men by 30% and 41%, respectively.

Greater Prevalence of ADHD Found in Adults Seeking Mental Health Services

The prevalence of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) identified in an outpatient sample of 492 adults seeking mental health treatment was nearly 10 times higher than the prevalence identified in epidemiological studies, according to a poster presented at the recent 2018 Annual Meeting of The American Professional Society of ADHD and Related Disorders.

Surprise Stimulus Helps People Stop an Action

Summary: Unexpected sounds make people stop an action more often than when they hear no sounds at all. A new study offers an insight into how sensory cues would speed up the brain’s communication with the motor system."

Legal Rights of Students with ADHD

Both parents and educators often struggle to figure out what exactly fits in an educational plan for a child with ADHD. What does the law say, and where does a school’s responsibility end? Where does a student or family’s? I had a chance recently to connect with Matthew Cohen, a national expert on ADHD law.

Undiagnosed adult ADHD could cost UK billions a year, report finds

Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, or ADHD, could be costing the UK billions of pounds a year, according to a new report that says awareness of the condition in adults in particular is very poor and many people go undiagnosed and untreated.

What I Can Do to Help My Child With ADHD and OCD

It is Monday morning. I am in tears…again. The house is silent, except for the sound of my sobs. There has been no death, no illness, no tragedy. Just a Monday morning getting my 10-year old son to school. Why can’t I do this? Why am I so horrible at simply getting my child to school? Why can’t I stay calm — like I promise myself I will?