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ADHD Medication Can Slow Growth in Teenage Boys, Study Finds

MedicalXpress.com

Adolescent boys with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) are more likely to be shorter and slimmer than their same-age peers, according to a new study published in the Medical Journal of Australia.

ADHD Medication: Can Your Child Go Without?

U.S. News and World Report

Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder can be a distressing diagnosis, but families have more treatment options than they might realize. Behavioral therapy for ADHD — and parent retraining, too — can be good alternatives to medication.

ADHD Medications Improve Decision-Making, But Are They Being Over Used?

TIME

The latest studies show that while attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) drugs can be effective, some kids may be wrongly diagnosed — and therefore inappropriately treated — with the stimulant medications.

ADHD Meds Could Fight Drug Abuse

Daily Press (VA)

Studies have long shown that children with ADHD are more likely than those without attention problems to experiment with drugs. So, is it the exposure to stimulant medication or is it ADHD — a disorder frequently accompanied by problems of impulse-control — that makes a kid more likely to abuse drugs? As the first generation of youngsters to be diagnosed and medicated in large numbers grows into adulthood, answers are becoming clearer.

ADHD Might Raise Kids' Obesity Risk

The Washington Post

Children with attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) are at a 50 percent higher risk for being overweight if they are not taking medication for the condition, a new study finds.

ADHD Misdiagnosis

NBC2 WBBH-TV (FL)

The story of a child whose symptoms resulted in a diagnosis of ADHD. But further checking revealed he had a tick-borne bacterial illness. He had bartonella, which caused his rage and temper flare-ups, and babesia, which caused him to feel miserable. With medication, including antibiotics, "I feel a lot better," said Kenney.

ADHD Not a Lack of Intelligence, Psychologist Says

Upstate Today (SC)

Last week at a meeting of South Carolina's Oconee Alliance, school psychologist Bridget Briley didn't just talk about Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) — she let the audience experience the condition themselves. Attendees were asked to read a brief text, projected overhead, within a couple of minutes. The text, however, was interrupted every few seconds with flashing images. A soccer game. Windows. Bright white light. The effect made the assignment almost impossible. After time elapsed, the audience was asked to take a brief quiz. The result: failure.

ADHD Persists into Adulthood, Study Finds

Discovery News

Picture someone with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, or ADHD, and you probably conjure up an image of an elementary school-age boy. But an analysis of data from the first large, population-based study to follow kids through to adulthood shows that the neurobehavioral disorder rarely goes away with age.

ADHD doesn't go away with adulthood, one study finds. Our focus should be on strategies, not a cure.

ADHD Rates Low Among Latinos

Boston Globe

Johanny Hernandez is alone among her Latino relatives and friends to have a child diagnosed with attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder. Growing up in the Dominican Republic, the 30-year-old mother of four had never heard of this condition - until her son's kindergarten teacher suggested that he be evaluated. Many of her friends seemed skeptical about ADHD, insisting that her son was just very active, sometimes mischievous, but not "loco," the Spanish word for crazy. Still, her son's classroom behavior has improved since he started therapy and taking ADHD medication, and Hernandez tries to block out what she hears from others.

ADHD Research Seeks Reasons for Diagnosis Rate Increase

The Chicago Tribune

"It's well known that the cause of ADHD is strongly genetic but also linked to brain development, experts said. While previous studies have shown that in-utero exposure to ischemic-hypoxic conditions — complications that deprive the brain of oxygen — often lead to brain injury and developmental problems, Kaiser Permanente's study published in Pediatrics journal shows children who experience prenatal IHCs have a 16 percent greater chance overall of developing ADHD."

ADHD Studies Shed Little Light on Efficacy of Nonpharmacologic Treatments

Medscape News

Poor scientific assessment of nonpharmacologic treatments — including dietary and psychological therapies — for attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is leaving physicians and their patients in the dark about their efficacy, new research suggests.

ADHD Study Puts Money Where the Brain Is

Sacramento Bee (CA)

You know the type. Heck, you may even be the type. You flit from task to uncompleted task, losing interest based on how hard and boring it becomes. You choose the task of least resistance and focus on immediate gains, not richer, more long-term rewards. For people with ADHD — attention deficit hyperactivity disorder — such distractedness is not mere procrastination.

ADHD Symptoms 'Present in Most Children who Stutter'

News-Medical.net

Over half of school-age children who stutter (CWS) have sufficient attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) symptoms to warrant referral for clinical evaluation, the results of a US study of parental reports indicates.

ADHD Symptoms Linked to Phthalate Chemicals

ADDitude

There is a link between exposure to phthalate chemicals and the development of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in school-aged children according to a study published in Environmental Health News.

ADHD Teens More Likely to Drop Out

The Chart Blog, CNN

Teens with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) — the most common childhood psychiatric condition in the United States — are less likely to finish high school on time than students with other mental-health disorders that often are considered more serious, according to a national study. The study, conducted by researchers at the UC Davis School of Medicine, found that nearly one third of students with ADHD, twice the proportion as students with no psychiatric disorder, either drop out or delay high school graduation.

ADHD Teens: Homeschool or High School?

ADHD Dad Blog, ADDitude Magazine

Under so much pressure to succeed socially and academically in a new school, can my ADHD teenage daughter survive her first semester of high school? Can I, her anxious, overwhelmed ADHD dad, help her?

ADHD with Autism Explored

PsychCentral

A new grant has been awarded to the University of Pittsburgh and the Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic of UPMC to conduct a national study of the treatment of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in children with autism spectrum disorders.

ADHD, or Childhood Narcissism?

The Atlantic

Ten times as many children are diagnosed with ADHD today as were in the 1970s. What if their behavior -- consistently distracted, hyperactive, impulsive -- really indicates something else? In a typical American classroom, there are nearly as many diagnosable cases of ADHD as there are of the common cold. In 2008, researchers from the Slone Epidemiology Center at Boston University found that almost 10 percent of children use cold remedies at any given time. The latest statistics out of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimate that the same proportion has ADHD.

ADHD-RD Connection Confirmed and Refined

LDBlog

Writing in Pediatrics, Professor Kouichi Yoshimasu and colleagues reported that the chances of children and youths having reading disabilities is significantly higher among those who have ADHD than it is among the general population of children and youths.

ADHD: Backlash to the Backlash

Scientific American (blog)

The idea that ADHD drugs might be killing us represents just one of several ominous storylines associated with the disorder. In recent years, we've also heard speculation about whether ADHD is real, and if it is real, whether it's being grossly overdiagnosed. And then there are the drugs. These backlashes against childhood developmental diagnoses seems to rise and fall every few years, but lately it's burgeoning.

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