ADHD in the News 2019-12-12

Artificial intelligence boosts MRI detection of ADHD

Deep learning, a type of artificial intelligence, can boost the power of MRI in predicting attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), according to a study published in Radiology: Artificial Intelligence. Researchers said the approach could also have applications for other neurological conditions.

Pharmacogenomics: The Future of ADHD Treatment Options

Researchers from universities around the world conducted a meta-analysis of genome-wide association studies to explore genes that could be potential targets for pharmacologic therapy of Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), and its comorbidities. The comorbidities included in the study fell into 3 categories: cardiovascular, immune, and neuropsychiatric. The study results were published in the journal Molecular Psychiatry.

Largest study of its kind reveals that many psychiatric disorders arise from common genes

In the largest-ever study of its kind, published in the journal Cell, researchers identified more than 100 genetic variants that affect the risk for more than one mental health condition...Certain disorders shared many variants, allowing the researchers to divide the conditions into three groups of genetically-related conditions: disorders characterized by compulsive behaviors (anorexia nervosa, obsessive-compulsive disorder and, to a lesser extent, Tourette syndrome); mood and psychotic disorders (bipolar disorder, major depression and schizophrenia); and early-onset neurodevelopmental disorders (autism spectrum disorder, ADHD and Tourette syndrome).

Young children exposed to nicotine may develop hyperactivity, conduct problems

Children who are exposed to nicotine during their first four years of life exhibited symptoms of hyperactivity and conduct problems, according to a study published in The Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry.

Young Adults with ADHD are At Higher Risk for Developing Nicotine Addiction

People with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) are more likely to self-administer nicotine and report more pleasurable responses than people without the condition, according to a study by Duke Health researchers. In a paper published in the journal Neuropsychopharmacology, Duke researchers tested a nicotine nasal spray to determine the effects of the addictive chemical on non-smoking young adults.

Comparing Rates of ADHD Diagnosis Across Doctors

Many of us with mental health conditions know that the same symptoms can be interpreted differently from one doctor to the next...Inconsistency in how diagnosis is handled across doctors is a real issue for ADHDers, which is why I was happy to come across a recently published study titled Variation in Rate of Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder Management by Primary Care Providers.

Back to School: 5 Tips for Adult ADHD Students

Whether you are a first-time college student or returning to school after years in the workforce, going back to school as an adult can be an exciting, but daunting, prospect. Many ADHDers have anything but fond memories of the classroom but there’s no need for the college experience to be a negative one. Here are 5 tips to help put you on the road to success…

Health Tip: Managing ADHD in Adults

About 4 percent of adults have attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), says Harvard University Medical School. Adults with ADHD tend to have more difficulty with attention and memory, rather than with hyperactivity, as with children. To help manage ADHD in adults, the school suggests: