ADHD in the News 2021-09-09

Amino Acid Profile Differentiation Detected Among Children With ADHD

Alterations in the amino acid profile of children with attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) were observed by investigators in a recent study published in Biomedical Reports. The results may support further research into potential new treatment strategies for ADHD, according to the investigators.

Link Discovered Between ADHD and Dementia Across Generations

A large study at Karolinska Institutet in Sweden has found a link between ADHD and dementia across generations. The study, published in Alzheimer’s & Dementia: The Journal of the Alzheimer’s Association, shows that parents and grandparents of individuals with ADHD were at higher risk of dementia than those with children and grandchildren without ADHD.

ADHD and obesity are linked through genetics and pregnancy weight, study finds

The researchers found that there are both genetic and prenatal components explaining the association between attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and obesity. Previous studies have suggested that genetics are involved, and the new study found that ADHD is associated with a greater risk of developing obesity and vice versa. Importantly, the researchers found this can be explained by both the environment in the womb and genetics...The work is published in Translational Psychiatry.

What to know about ADHD and Zoom meetings

Holding work meetings and social gatherings over Zoom can cause unique challenges, particularly for people with ADHD. However, there are ways people can use coping strategies to manage the difficulties they experience.

‘Munchausen by Internet’ and the dangers of self-diagnosing mental health issues on TikTok

Down the rabbit hole that is mental health TikTok—a place where people with disabilities and mental illnesses can come to vent, joke, and relate to others about the troubles of what it means to exist with a disorder or disease—you will be asked a series of questions to see where you might fit in...As mental health awareness improves, there comes a troubling trend of young people diagnosing themselves with a mental illness, which can be a mood, personality, or anxiety disorder, but can also range to disabilities like autism or Tourette’s.

Viloxazine Under Review for ADHD Treatment in Adults

The Food and Drug Administration has accepted for review the supplemental New Drug Application for viloxazine extended-release for the treatment of attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder in adults...Viloxazine is currently marketed under the trade name Qelbree and is indicated for the treatment of ADHD in patients 6 to 17 years of age.

How ADHD May Affect Reading

Children and students with ADHD may have difficulties with reading-related challenges, but help is available...So how does ADHD affect reading comprehension? It can be challenging for many reasons, including difficulty with: focusing, memory and retention, processing information, sitting still, managing time, managing distractions (e.g., distracting thoughts or stimuli in the environment)

Students with disabilities hope for ‘new normal’ in class

Anna Stephens is a physics and astronomy student at the University of Utah. At first, she hated the idea of attending class remotely last school year. Stephens deals with chronic pain and fatigue. She’s also autistic and has ADHD...But she said her professors eventually got the hang of posting notes and lectures online, and that gave her a lot more flexibility to learn on her own terms.