ADHD in the News 2021-10-14

Smartphone app to track ADHD symptoms, behavior in people with neurodevelopmental conditions

A new study by the UC Davis MIND Institute’s David Hessl will test whether a smartphone-based app may help improve the accuracy of data in some clinical trials involving individuals with intellectual disability...Hessl was awarded a two-year, $431,000 grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) for the project. It’s part of the NIH’s INCLUDE initiative, which is centered on investigating conditions that co-occur with Down syndrome across the lifespan, including attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).

My child won’t sit still! Is it ADHD, or an underlying sleep disorder?

“Sleep disorders may not be at the front of your mind when evaluating a child for the first time, with inattention, hyperactivity, or behavioral disturbances,” began Grace Wang, MD, FAAP, assistant professor of pediatrics, Penn State Health in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, at the virtual 2021 American Academy of Pediatrics National Conference & Exhibition.

More Attention Should be Paid to Immigrant Children With ADHD

New research presented during the 2021 American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) virtual meeting shows children born of immigrant parents are less likely to be diagnosed with attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), but those who are diagnosed likely to need special attention paid to their condition.

Searching for way to treat ADHD in teenagers by stimulating their brains

Researchers at Bradley Hospital are recruiting teenagers that were previously diagnosed with attention-deficit/ hyperactivity disorder, or better known as ADHD, to investigate whether magnetic brain stimulation can change dysfunctional brain dynamics and subsequently improve ADHD clinical symptoms in teenagers.

Eugenia Chan, MD, MPH: Treating ADHD During a Pandemic

It is important to continuously update clinical practice guidelines for diseases like attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)...“It’s important for people to recognize that guidelines aren’t meant to cover 100% of patients,” Chan said. “If they applied to maybe 75% that’s great and that totally depends on how much evidence is out there to support a more detailed guide to treatment.” Chan also discussed how difficult the pandemic has been for this patient population, particularly those who need routine.

Marianne Glanzman, MD: Explaining Executive Function in ADHD

Recently, during the 2021 American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) virtual conference, Marianne M. Glanzman, MD, Attending Physician, Department of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP), presented a session about executive function in patients with ADHD. Executive functions are basically the ability to accomplish goal-directed behavior, including working memory, behavioral inhibition, and cognitive flexibility...In fact there are about 33 different constructs considered part of executive function.

Why an ADHD diagnosis is often out of reach for Canadian university students

Gabrielle Gillett always thought of herself as an independent person—until she got to university...When she went to the counselling centre on campus, Gillett recalled from orientation that there was a psychiatrist on staff to help with depression, anxiety and ADHD...she asked the receptionist about the process to get an ADHD screening. Gillett said she received an impatient response: “It’s a $2,000 charge to seek a diagnosis, so we can make sure you’re not just looking for medication.”

The 7 Best Home Remedies for ADHD

“Home remedies are useful because they can be implemented with relative ease, and they can also be applied whenever needed,” adds Alex Dimitriu, MD, who’s double board certified in psychiatry and sleep medicine and is founder of Menlo Park Psychiatry & Sleep Medicine in Menlo Park, California. Depending on the severity of your symptoms and which natural remedy you try, you could experience minimal side effects and notable relief.