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ADHD in the News 2019-09-26

Baby Teeth May Identify ADHD

Baby teeth revealed how a child metabolized essential and toxic elements and differed among children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) or autism spectrum disorder versus those without such symptoms, a small twin study suggested...reported Christine Austin, PhD, of the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York City, and colleagues in Translational Psychiatry.



Youngest in classroom diagnosed more often with ADHD, other problems

For the study, the researchers reviewed electronic health care records from more than 1 million school children in the United Kingdom. The investigators found that children born in the last quarter of a school year were 36% more likely than kids born in the first quarter of a school year to be diagnosed with ADHD. The youngest kids were 30% more likely to have an intellectual disability and 31% more likely to have depression than their older classmates...The study was published online Sept. 23 in JAMA Pediatrics.



Weighted vests, stability balls do not help children with ADHD

Weighted vests and stability balls do not help elementary schoolers with ADHD focus in class, according to a new study by researchers at FIU’s Center for Children and Families. This is the first study to evaluate the effect of occupational therapy (OT) techniques, specifically weighted vests and stability balls, on classroom behavior and academic productivity in elementary-aged children with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD).



ADHD Associated With Higher Risk for Mortality From Injury

Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) may be associated with higher rates of mortality due to injury, according to research results published in JAMA Network Open. Few studies have assessed mortality rates in patients with ADHD, and their findings lacked data on specific causes of death.



Your Toddler Has A.D.H.D. Should You Medicate?

Amanda Bergman’s 3.5-year-old son had already been kicked out of one day care when he arrived for his first day at a new preschool...Bergman, now 40 and a web content manager in central New Jersey, finally took her son to a pediatrician who specializes in behavioral, social and other developmental concerns. The doctor’s diagnosis: attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (A.D.H.D.) and autism.



Is Your Child Impulsive? Consider Sleep and Screen Time

Current thinking holds that the impulsivity that is a hallmark of ADHD has to do with deficient inhibitory mechanisms in the brain. In other words, the brain doesn't turn off the kids' impulses the way it does for the rest of us. A new study gives insight into some practical things parents can work on at home to help their kids do well.



More Minnesota students are getting extra time to take tests — especially in wealthy school districts

The rate at which Minnesota students receive accommodations for conditions like ADHD, anxiety, depression and others has increased by about ten-fold in two decades, according to data from the Minnesota Department of Education...But the data also show 504 plans aren’t up everywhere: they’re most prevalent in some of Minnesota’s wealthier school districts.



How Having ADHD Affects Your Sex and Love Life

Tuckman created a survey of 72 questions looking at sexual and relationship satisfaction when one parter has ADHD and the other does not. More than 3,000 people took the survey, and he published the results in his book: ADHD After Dark: Better Sex Life, Better Relationship.