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ADHD in the News 2019-03-28

Maternal diet during pregnancy may modulate the risk of ADHD symptoms in children

The results of a study led by a team from the Barcelona Institute for Global Health suggest that the risk of a child developing symptoms of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) may be modulated by the mother's diet during pregnancy. The study, published in the Journal of Pediatrics, analysed samples of umbilical cord plasma to quantify the levels of omega-6 and omega-3 that reach the foetus. The statistical analysis showed a higher omega-6:omega-3 ratio to be associated with a higher risk of ADHD symptoms at seven years of age.



Early ADHD Drug Treatment Tied to Antidepressant Use in Adolescence

A new European study suggests a link between drug treatment for childhood attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and antidepressant use during adolescence...Investigators conclude that while greater adherence is likely associated with a greater beneficial effect on ADHD symptoms, the underlying emotional and behavioral dysregulation among symptomatic children may still be present during adolescence. This in turn may influence depression and the increase in antidepressant medications.



BCBSA Data Analytics Reveal Shifts in Behavioral, Mental Health

The nation’s behavioral and mental health patterns are changing rapidly as patients and providers change their responses to issues such as depression, ADHD, and pain management, reveals large-scale data analytics from the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association (BCBSA). In a series of data briefs building off the 25th annual Health of America Report, BCBSA explored critical population health trends such as opioid prescribing rates, the treatment of major depression, and the management of attention disorders in pediatric patients.



What are the symptoms of ADHD in adults?

Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder is a type of neurodevelopmental disorder. Although people typically associate this condition with children, it often persists into adulthood. Symptoms include disorganization, restlessness, and an inability to focus.



Hiring a Coach for My ADHD Transformed My Life and Productivity

I struggled with paying the bills, reading important emails, making necessary phone calls, etc. But during my very first meeting with my ADHD coach, she got me on track. From that moment on, I knew I’d made the right decision.



Trigeminal nerve stimulation effective, safe for pediatric ADHD

Trigeminal nerve stimulation, or TNS, a minimal-risk noninvasive neuromodulation method, improved symptoms and brain functioning in children with ADHD in a blinded sham-controlled pilot study...In the current study, researchers used resting-state quantitative electroencephalography (EEG) to determine the efficacy and safety of TNS for ADHD as well as potential changes in brain spectral power in 62 children aged 8 to 12 years.



ADHD Symptoms Related to Poor Adaptive Behavior in Children With Autism Spectrum Disorder

Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) symptoms predict poor adaptive behavior for children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), according to research published in the Journal of the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry.