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ADHD in the News 2018-09-20

ADHD medication use increases over time, but variations exist

The prevalence of ADHD medication use has increased over time among adults and children between 2001 and 2015, according study data involving more than 154 million people from 14 countries published in The Lancet Psychiatry. The findings also showed that despite this increase, prescription rates vary by region and remain below diagnosis rates in many countries.



Study examines harmful effects of some food additives on children

There are more than 10,000 chemicals allowed to be added to our food. Some of them are harmless; some we don’t know the effects of, and others have been studied and show they can cause serious health risks to children and adults. A report published in the journal Pediatrics looks into the effects of additives like food coloring, nitrates, nitrites and BPAs, among other things, and their effect on health.



What Science Says About Video Games and ADHD

As video games grow in popularity, more parents are raising concerns about their impact on kids’ attention spans. Here’s what the latest research shows.



Teens’ Rising Social Media Use Is Not All Bad News

Teenagers' use of social media is skyrocketing. But educators should keep in mind that it's not all bad news. That is the assessment of a new national survey of 13- to 17-year-olds by the nonprofit Common Sense Media and backed up by other experts, who caution educators not to take too simplistic a view of students' social media use.



Why School Is Often the First Place ADHD Symptoms Show Up

In my last post, I talked about how one of of the defining characteristics of ADHD is that symptoms show up in multiple environments – school, work, home, social settings and so on. Yet school is often the first place that ADHD symptoms make themselves known. If ADHD symptoms show up in all aspects of people’s lives, why is it in the classroom that they so frequently become apparent?



Concussion symptoms in young children last three times longer than older teens and adults, study finds

Head injuries resulting in concussions can be traumatic and dangerous for any person, but a recent study shows that they have a prolonged effect on children under the age of 13. Researchers from the New York Institute of Technology College of Osteopathic Medicine have found evidence that concussion symptoms last three times longer in these young children than they do in older teens and adults. Moreover, they say that keeping affected children out of school may not be the best course of action.



Health Tip: Coping With ADHD

The American Academy of Family Physicians suggests how to help a child with ADHD.



ADHD affects 1 in 20 children and 1 million adults in South Africa

Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) affects 1 in 20 children, and an estimated 1-million South African adults, yet it is a condition often misdiagnosed, and plagued by myths and misunderstandings, particularly with regard to treatment. When undiagnosed or not effectively treated, ADHD often sees children being unfairly labelled as naughty, delinquent, unteachable, and adults as lazy, lacking focus or incompetent.



Allergies, mental health problems and accident injuries: New data on child health

The Robert Koch Institute has published new data from the German Health Interview and Examination Survey for Children and Adolescents (KiGGS) on allergies, mental health problems and accident injuries... Attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is one of the most common psychological disorders.



Researchers Say ADHD Increases Risk of Developing Parkinson’s Disease

Adults diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), as well as adults who were prescribed psychostimulant medications for ADHD, have higher incidences of early-onset Parkinson’s and Parkinson’s-like diseases. That’s according to a study published this week in the journal Neuropsychopharmacology.