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ADHD in the News 2019-09-19

Early maternal anemia tied to intellectual disability, ADHD and autism

The timing of anemia—a common condition in late pregnancy—can make a big difference for the developing fetus, according to research at Karolinska Institutet published in JAMA Psychiatry. The researchers found a link between early anemia and increased risk of autism, ADHD and intellectual disability in children. Anemia discovered toward the end of pregnancy did not have the same correlation. The findings underscore the importance of early screening for iron status and nutritional counseling.



Prenatal acetaminophen exposure tied to greater ADHD risk in offspring

Prenatal exposure to acetaminophen was linked to an increased risk for ADHD in offspring, according to a nationwide study in Taiwan published in Journal of Clinical Psychiatry. Although evidence has indicated a possible link between prenatal acetaminophen use and the offspring’s ADHD risk in white populations, whether this association exists in the Asian population remains largely unknown, Mu-Hong Chen, MD, PhD, from the department of psychiatry at Taipei Veterans General Hospital and National Yang-Ming University College of Medicine in Taiwan, and colleagues wrote.



Heat-Related Illness and ADHD Athletes

The latest research indicates the leading causes of death in high school sports are sudden cardiac arrest, exertional heat stroke, traumatic head injuries and sickle cell complications. Although all athletes are not immune to injury, those stepping onto the playing field with pre-existing conditions may increase their risk for sustaining certain injuries. One such risk is exertional heat stroke (EHS) in those athletes with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).



Convergence in neuropsychiatric research

Schizophrenia, autism spectrum disorder (ASD), bipolar disorder and attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) are deeply challenging neuropsychiatric conditions1. It disheartens scientists and patients that in vitro assays, genomic analysis, animal models and human brain imaging have yet to deliver definitive insights about them...Research consortia bridge disciplinary divides, and a renewed focus on convergence aims to integrate insight and data from disparate assay modalities.



11 Ways Plants Enhance Your Mental and Emotional Health

The review data, collected and analyzed by researchers Charles Hall and Melinda Knuth at Texas A&M University and published in the Journal of Environmental Horticulture, supports the notion that living in or near green spaces, and spending as much time as possible in both natural settings and cultivated gardens, can improve mood, reduce the negative effects of stress, encourage physical activity and other positive behaviors, improve cognition, reduce aggression, and enhance overall well-being in people of all ages under many different circumstances.



‘Let things unfold in their own time’: 7 parents share helpful tips on raising a child with ADHD

Health24 reached out to parents on the do’s and don’ts of parenting kids with ADHD. Here’s what they had to say...We also provide expert-approved tips from Health24’s ADHD expert and psychiatrist Dr Renata Schoeman to make life easier for your kid and you.



How supervisors can support employees with ADHD

And as Generation Z—the group roughly defined as born between 1995-2010 —enters the workforce, experts predict adult ADHD will become an even greater concern since 11% already hold that diagnosis. In recognition of October being ADHD Awareness Month, here’s a look at what managers can do to help employees with ADHD:



Ritalin at 75: what does the future hold?

Seventy-five years ago, a new stimulant drug with the generic name of methylphenidate was born in the Swiss lab of chemical company Ciba. Like many drugs, its therapeutic purpose was unclear. But these were the days a scientist could take a drug home and test it on their spouse, which is exactly what Ciba scientist Leandro Panizzon did. Panizzon’s wife, Rita, reported that the drug gave her tennis game a real fillip. And so Panizzon named the drug Ritaline in his wife’s honour.



A Range of Pharmaceuticals for ADHD

Stimulant medications are very effective for many ADHDers but have side effects that can be troublesome or even deal-breakers for some – specifically appetite suppression, insomnia, and mood changes. Are there other medication options? Yes – there are also non-stimulant medications for ADHD. There are four, listed alphabetically: atomoxetine (Strattera), bupropion (Wellbutrin), clonidine (Kapvay) and guanfacine (Intuniv).



Parental Jail Time May Sentence Kids to a Lifetime of Mental Illness

Parental incarceration is associated with a significantly increased risk of mental illness in offspring that can start in childhood and extend into adulthood, new research shows. A study of more than 1400 participants showed that children of incarcerated parents were twice as likely to have a childhood diagnosis of depression, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), and conduct disorder compared with their counterparts whose parents did not serve jail time.