ADHD in the News 2018-09-27

Improving Medication Adherence in ADHD Lowers Risk for Oppositional Defiant Disorder, Conduct Disorder in Adulthood

Better adherence with drug treatment in children with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) may be associated with lower risk for oppositional defiant disorder or conduct disorder in adulthood, according to the results of a study published in the Journal of Clinical Psychiatry.

UMD professors start ADHD counseling group

A new program at the University of Maryland is offering group and individual treatment for students with ADHD to help them succeed in college. SUCCEEDS, or Students Understanding College Choices: Encouraging Executing Decisions for Success, was founded this semester by two psychology professors at this university — Andrea Chronis-Tuscano and Michael Meinzer.

The Pivotal Role of Adults in Teen ADHD Care

ADHD undermines an individual’s self-management abilities, including self-advocacy and planning. This means that students with ADHD are behind in the very skills needed to grapple with their own ADHD. Because of that reality, students who have ADHD typically require adult-initiated support at any age, until they demonstrate to us they are capable on their own.

ADHD and driving risk: the link parents need to know

Teens with ADHD might need extra behind-the-wheel training, a longer supervised driving period and medication adjustments. The AAP encourages parents to talk with their pediatrician about these matters before the teen gets his or her license. Other things to ask about are:

Brain scans reveal common patterns can predict variations in ADHD

Using neuroimaging techniques, The Children's Attention Project, run at the Murdoch Children's Research Institute (MCRI), found that certain patterns across the whole brain appear to be linked to ADHD symptoms, development and cognition.

New study aims to identify babies at higher risk of autism and ADHD

London researchers are set to start a three year study aiming to identify babies at higher than average risk of autism spectrum conditions (ASC) and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)...The team will use Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) scanners and a state-of-the-art method called magnetic resonance spectroscopy (MRS) which can measure the levels of chemicals in the living brain safely and precisely.

Parent-Reported Traumatic Brain Injury Common in US Kids

More than 1.8 million children in the U.S. suffer traumatic brain injury (TBI) before age 17, according to national survey data released today by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention...Children with a history of TBI were more likely to have a variety of other health conditions compared with their peers without TBI, including learning disorders (21%), attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (21%), speech/language problems (19%); developmental delay (15%), bone, joint, or muscle problems (14%); and anxiety problems (13%).

High Suicidality Among Children With ADHD Mediated by Family Functioning, Psychiatry Comorbidities

The risk for suicidality is high among children with attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and may be mediated by family functioning, according to study data published in the Journal of Affective Disorders.

Cesarean Delivery, Early Childhood Antibiotic Use Not Associated With Risk for ADHD

Researchers extracted data on mode of delivery and antibiotic use during the first 2 years of life from nationwide data registers for all single live births in Denmark between 1997 and 2010. Outcome measures included clinical ADHD diagnosis or use of an ADHD medication prescription.

Use of ADHD medication in Hong Kong has risen 36-fold over 15 years, university study finds

About 6.4 per cent of children and adolescents are affected by attention deficit hyperactivity disorder in Hong Kong, according to Department of Health figures. There has been a 36-fold increase in the use of medication for attention deficit disorder in Hong Kong over 15 years, indicating the condition has become a major issue in the city, a study has found.