posted: Friday March 17th - 1:15pm

AAP: Parents Should Make Screen Time Interactive — Or Cut Back

New recommendations by the American Academy of Pediatrics provide new guidance for screen time in our always-connected world.

March 17, 2017 New media usage guidelines recently released by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) emphasize parental interaction and educational content over strict time limits — at least for children 2 years of age and older. The guidelines, entitled “Media and Young Minds,” recommend no screens for children under the age of 18 months — a continuation of established AAP recommendations that caution against the negative effects...
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posted: Friday March 10th - 2:54pm

Better-Trained Pediatricians Reduce Patients’ ADHD Symptoms

A program that helped pediatricians gain confidence in diagnosing and treating ADHD was a win for patients and doctors.

March 10, 2017 A project aimed at improving pediatricians’ understanding of ADHD diagnosis and treatment did more than give the doctors increased knowledge and confidence — it also reduced their patients’ symptoms by more than 10 percent. The pilot program, organized by the Chapter Quality Network (CQN) of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), ran from December 2015 to January 2017 and was based on the AAP’s guidelines...
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posted: Thursday February 23rd - 4:55pm

Large Imaging Study Shows Structural Brain Differences in People with ADHD

Critical areas of the brain are smaller in people with ADHD, researchers say, proving that the oft-marginalized condition should be regarded as a brain-based disorder.

February 23, 2017 MRIs of more than 3,000 people provide further evidence that people with ADHD have structurally different brains than people without the condition, according to a new report funded by the National Institute of Health. The differences — which were more pronounced in children than in adults — make it clearer than ever that ADHD is a developmental brain disorder and not simply a “label,”...
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posted: Tuesday February 14th - 4:33pm

Income Levels Linked to Incidence of ADHD, Asthma, and Autism in Children

Kids are affected differently by mental and physical disorders, depending on their family’s income level.

February 14, 2017 From 2003 to 2012, rates of asthma, ADHD, and autism spectrum disorder (ASD) rose dramatically for children in the United States. Now, a new study charts the connection between each condition and income levels, finding that ADHD and asthma rates are closely linked to increased poverty levels — hitting poor children and the uninsured the hardest — while ASD affected wealthy families more. The study,...
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posted: Friday February 10th - 5:40pm

Pharma Trial Suggests Dyanavel XR Is Safe and Effective for Treating ADHD in Children

A medication manufacturer says recent studies show its recently released liquid ADHD medication can be used safely and effectively to treat children.

February 10, 2017 A new medication trial presents further evidence that Dyanavel XR — the only liquid amphetamine currently on the market to treat ADHD — is long lasting, effective, and safe for use in children, according to the medication’s manufacturer. The company, Tris Pharma, Inc., presented the findings from its trial at the 2017 American Professional Society of ADHD and Related Disorders (APSARD) Annual Meeting in Washington,...
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posted: Wednesday February 8th - 4:52pm

The Anti-ADHD Diet?

Eating lots of fruits, vegetables, fish, whole grains, nuts, and legumes may make it less likely that a child will be diagnosed with ADHD.

February 8, 2017 Adhering to a “Mediterranean diet” — rich in fruit, vegetables, and “good fat,” and lean in processed foods and saturated fat — may lower the risk of ADHD in children, a new study indicates. Published in the February 2017 issue of Pediatrics by a team at the University of Barcelona, the study examined 120 children, half of whom had ADHD. Children who were taking ADHD...
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posted: Wednesday February 8th - 11:27am

New Study: Prenatal Exposure to Common Low-Calorie Sweetener May Be Linked to ADHD

An unexpected link between ADHD and the low-calorie sweetener glycyrrhizin — the active ingredient in licorice candy – adds this common sugar replacement to the list of foods to avoid during pregnancy.

February 7, 2017 “Licorice consumption during pregnancy may be associated with harm for the developing offspring.” This comes from the team of Finnish researchers behind a recent study, published in the American Journal of Epidemiology, that analyzed 378 preteens born in Helsinki, Finland, in 1998. More specifically, the researchers evaluated the impact of glycyrrhizin – a common low-calorie sweetener and the active ingredient in licorice – on psychiatric...
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posted: Friday February 3rd - 10:46am

New Study: Despite Parents’ Limits on Internet Usage, Bad Habits Persist

In our increasingly connected world, many parents report taking steps to regulate and cap their child’s screen time — without resounding success.

February 3, 2017 Ninety-five percent of parents limit their kids’ hours online, a new survey finds — but the Internet still dominates family life in a big way, particularly when it comes to smartphones and tablets. The survey, released in January and entitled “New Family Dynamics in a Connected World,” was commissioned by Intel Security and carried out by the polling company OnePoll. It asked 13,000 parents from...
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posted: Thursday February 2nd - 10:15am

Over 6 Million Physician Office Visits for ADHD in Children and Adolescents Aged 4-17 During 2012-2013

The CDC reports ADHD physician visit rates are twice as high for boys as for girls.

February 2, 2017 Children with ADHD visit the doctor more than 6 million times each year to get treatment for the condition, according to a new report — and at least 80 percent of those visits involved a stimulant prescription. The report, published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in January 2017, looked at children’s doctors’ visits from 2012 to 2013 — the most recent...
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posted: Wednesday February 1st - 12:01am

New Research Points to Early B-Vitamin Therapy for ADHD Patients

We know that dietary supplements like B vitamins improve symptoms of ADHD in some patients. A new study suggests this may be true because people with ADHD have naturally lower levels of these key nutrients in their brains and bodies, and that early vitamin treatment may make a difference.

February 1, 2017 Some evidence suggests that certain vitamins — including B-vitamins — reduce the severity of ADHD symptoms in some individuals, but research on the causal link between B-vitamin levels and ADHD has been limited. Now, a new study finds that adults with ADHD may demonstrate lower levels of B-vitamins than their counterparts without ADHD — possibly explaining further the etiology of the neurodevelopmental disorder. The study,...
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