ADHD in the News 2021-06-03

Can acetaminophen use during pregnancy increase the risk of ADHD and autism symptoms in children?

In a recently published epidemiological study in the European Journal of Epidemiology, researchers confirmed that the use of paracetamol during pregnancy led to an increased risk of children displaying symptoms of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and autism spectrum conditions (ASC)...A total of 73,881 children were included in the current study that was led by the Barcelona Institute for Global Health (ISGlobal) with support from the “la Caixa” foundation.

Teens who stop taking ADHD medication at adulthood more prone to health, social problems

The findings, published May 28 in the Journal of Adolescent Health, focused on ages 17 to 19 and shed new light on the specific types of patients who may be at risk of skipping treatment as they transition into a new stage of life, said lead author Kavitha Rao, MD, a child and adolescent psychiatrist with The Permanente Medical Group...The study tracked 4,466 17-year-old ADHD patients for up to 2 years. At age 18, adherence to filling their prescriptions dropped from 36.7% to 25.6%, and at 19 it dropped further to 19%.

Can ADHD Cause Tics?

Tics are repetitive, sudden movements you make without wanting to make them...If you or a child in your care have been diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), you may be wondering whether the tics have anything to do with ADHD. Here’s a quick explanation of the connections between the two conditions.

Temporal Trend of Overdiagnosis and Treatment for Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder Among Children and Adolescents

A systematic scoping review found evidence that attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) may be overdiagnosed and overtreated among children and adolescents. These findings were published in JAMA Network Open. Researchers from the University of Sydney in Australia searched publication databases from January 1, 1979 through August 21, 2021 for studies of ADHD among children and adolescents.

Longitudinal associations between symptoms of ADHD and BMI from late childhood to early adulthood

Given that attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and obesity are 2 frequent conditions that co-occur, which has implications for the management of both conditions, experts aspired to explore whether ADHD symptoms predict BMI and vice versa from late childhood (10–12 years) up to early adulthood (20–22 years). Participants were adolescents from the Tracking Adolescents’ Individual Lives Survey cohort in the Netherlands (n = 2773, 52.5% male, mean age = 11 years at baseline, 5 waves up to mean age 22).

After getting FDA clearance for video game therapeutic, Akili faces next level: insurance coverage

Akili Interactive, a digital health company that got FDA clearance last year for its video game as treatment for ADHD, recently brought in $160 million in funding. It plans to use the funds to ramp up coverage of its flagship treatment and to develop digital treatments for other cognitive conditions.

What Fort Bragg soldiers are saying about suicide

Soldiers in the 18th Airborne Corps and its subordinate units were asked to “submit aggressive bold ideas addressing the root cause of soldier suicide”...Among the five Fort Bragg soldiers presenting ideas were Sgt. Maj. Emmanuel Emekaekwue...Emakaekwue suggests the recruitment policy be looked at so it doesn’t send a message to soldiers with ADHD that the Army or military “frowns upon them seeking help.”