ADHD in the News 2018-08-30

Examining the association between television usage and ADHD: An analysis from the 2016 National Survey of Children’s Health

Using data from the 2016 National Survey of Children’s Health (NSCH), researchers investigated the association between the number of hours spent watching television and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) diagnosis. They separately analyzed two age groups, 6-11 and 12-17 year olds.

Your genes could make you more likely to crave marijuana, a new study finds

Researchers used data from 180,000 people — some who used the ancestry company 23andMe and some who took part in 16 other studies — to look for a connection between a person’s genes and their relationship with marijuana. People who are predisposed to developing schizophrenia and ADHD are more prone to “lifetime cannabis use,” the study found.

Mental health issues impacting millennials, baby boomers and just about everyone, new research shows

Mental and behavioral health has been coming to the forefront as both an under-diagnosed and under-treated condition affecting employer workforces and health plans. The problem is so profound, yet so poorly understood to the point that many are coming up with theories about where these problems lie and what can be done to address them.

Tips for a successful school year when your kid has ADHD

Navigating the school system can be one of the most challenging situations for parents of kids with ADHD. These children often require special support to succeed. And while most schools offer some kind of resources, accessing them isn’t always easy.

VERIFY: How Much Sleep Do School-Age Children Really Need?

To VERIFY, we consulted the National Sleep Foundation. It emphasizes first what parents and caretakers already know -- children need significantly more sleep than adults to support growth and development.

Our attention dips four times per second, study finds

After two studies examined both monkeys (macaques) and human beings in similar setups, researchers discovered our attention is not as fluid as we believe it to be, acting less like a spotlight and more like a strobe...Understanding these two states of the brain — focus and distraction — could help researchers in finding more effective ways to tackle attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).

The Dangers of ADHD Medication and Your Pets

It’s that time of the year again...But, you may be asking yourself, “What does back to school season have to do with my pets?” The ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center (APCC) reports that during the school year, they receive an increase in calls regarding pets and Attention Deficient Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) medications.