ADHD in the News 2020-02-20

Maternal obesity linked to ADHD and behavioral problems in children, study suggests

Maternal obesity may increase a child's risk for attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), according to an analysis by researchers from the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD), part of the National Institutes of Health...Their study appears in The Journal of Pediatrics.

Feeding Kids With ADHD: 5 Concepts All Parents and Health Providers Need to Understand

The management of ADHD includes a focus on modifying behavior for young children and, for older kids, a combination of medication and behavioral approaches. In addition, there's another component to successfully managing ADHD that often gets overlooked: diet.

Antipsychotics for Children With ADHD Should Be a Last Resort

In the past decade, physicians have been more likely to prescribe antipsychotic medications to children, and especially adolescents, than ever before.1 Between 1999 and 2014, antipsychotic prescribing for young people in the United States increased by 50%. More than 1 million American youths take antipsychotic drugs.1 The FDA has approved some antipsychotic medications for a narrowly defined set of psychiatric disorders in children (table 1).2-7

How our ‘birth environment’ can influence our health

This bigger picture is known as the "birth environment"—and its influence on health has long fascinated Mary Regina Boland, Ph.D. Her work on the theme—conducted using data from around the world, on a myriad of health conditions and diseases—has yielded a series of scientific insights that has colored her thinking about which things we can change in our environment and our lives to achieve better health outcomes.

The Erosive Power of ADHD: Tips for Adults

While attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder is now well recognized and commonly diagnosed in children, less attention has been focused on the fact that about half of these children carry some of the symptoms of ADHD into adulthood. What's more, there are many adults with ADHD who have never been diagnosed or treated...As a result, many adults with undiagnosed ADHD have endured years of disappointment and frustration in their professional lives and personal relationships.

How Multitasking Erodes Productivity And Dings Your IQ

If you’ve heard of ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder), you probably know that its symptoms include impulsivity, difficulty focusing, poor time management, problems prioritizing, and short attention span. And it's taxing for those who struggle to overcome it. In the workplace, something quite similar and widespread plagues companies, and it wears the innocent label of multitasking. Although it purports to increase efficiency, in most cases, multitasking merely increases busyness while eroding productivity.

‘Nobody talks about it because everyone is on it’: Adderall presents esports with an enigma

As the appeal of competitive gaming continues to rise — with robust prize purses and lucrative sponsorship deals hanging in the balance — gamers across multiple esports properties have recounted stories of Adderall use by themselves or others.

Robot toys could help detect early signs of autism or ADHD in infants

Lauren Klein, a computer science Ph.D. candidate in the USC Viterbi School of Engineering, has long been interested in tackling healthcare problems. Her latest approach: robot toys. "I strongly believe that human-robot interaction is a research topic that is promising for the future of healthcare," said Klein, a member of the USC Interaction Lab.

How a 6-year old was taken from school to a mental health facility — without her mother’s consent

Nadia moved through the system — from the school to the police to the mental institution, all without her mother’s consent — under a controversial Florida law known as the Baker Act. It allows law enforcement officers, school counselors and medical personnel to petition for someone who is perceived as being a danger to themselves or others to be institutionalized for 72 hours.