NRA's incoming president ties Ritalin to school shootings
Oliver North, the National Rifle Association's incoming president, suggested on "Fox News Sunday" that Ritalin -- a drug commonly used to treat ADHD -- is somehow linked with school shootings. Experts weigh in on that idea. (Source: CNN.com - Health)
Source: CNN.com - Health - May 21, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

More children and teens overdosing on ADHD drugs, U.S. study says
The surge in U.S. kids taking medication for attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is having an unintended side effect, a new study suggests: more children and teens are overdosing on these drugs. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - May 21, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Health Source Type: news

Ritalin does NOT turn kids into killers, doctors say after the NRA blamed ADHD drugs for shootings   
Doctors are hitting back to refute claims from incoming NRA president Lt Col Oliver North's claims that ADHD medications like Ritalin could drive students to violence like Friday's school shooting. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - May 21, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Overdoses on ADHD meds worry researchers
Most cases were accidents, researchers say, but there were also instances of teens intentionally abusing ADHD meds (Source: Health News: CBSNews.com)
Source: Health News: CBSNews.com - May 21, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

More U.S. kids overdosing on ADHD drugs
(Reuters Health) - The surge in U.S. kids taking medication for attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is having an unintended side effect, a new study suggests: more children and teens are overdosing on these drugs. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - May 21, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

Overdoses on ADHD Drugs May Be Rising
Just over 6 percent of calls ended with a hospital admission, the investigators found. And three teenagers died -- two from abusing ADHD medications, and one in a suspected suicide. (Source: WebMD Health)
Source: WebMD Health - May 21, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Study: Calls to poison centers in child ADHD drug cases up 64 percent
Child exposure to ADHD drugs is increasing in the United States -- marked by a jump of more than 60 percent in a 14-year period, a new study showed Monday. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - May 21, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

DES Effects Seen Extending to Users' Grandchildren
(MedPage Today) -- Study ties ADHD to Gramma's use of pregnancy drug (Source: MedPage Today Psychiatry)
Source: MedPage Today Psychiatry - May 21, 2018 Category: Psychiatry Source Type: news

Associations between abuse/neglect and ADHD from childhood to young adulthood: a prospective nationally-representative twin study - Stern A, Agnew-Blais J, Danese A, Fisher HL, Jaffee SR, Matthews T, Polanczyk GV, Arseneault L.
Child maltreatment has consistently been found to be associated with attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). However, the robustness of this association and the direction of the link between maltreatment and ADHD remain unclear. We used data from ... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - May 21, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Age: Adolescents Source Type: news

Risk of poisoning in children and adolescents with ADHD: a systematic review and meta-analysis - Ruiz-Goikoetxea M, Cortese S, Magallon S, Azn árez-Sanado M, Álvarez Zallo N, Luis EO, de Castro-Manglano P, Soutullo C, Arrondo G.
Poisoning, a subtype of physical injury, is an important hazard in children and youth. Individuals with ADHD may be at higher risk of poisoning. Here, we conducted a systematic review and meta-analysis to quantify this risk. Furthermore, since physical inj... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - May 21, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Age: Adolescents Source Type: news

DES Raises ADHD Risk in Grandchildren DES Raises ADHD Risk in Grandchildren
Grandchildren of women who took diethylstilbestrol during pregnancy had a higher risk for ADHD compared with those whose grandmothers were not exposed to the drug in pregnancy.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - May 21, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Pediatrics News Source Type: news

Huge surge in kids poisoned by ADHD pills since 2000
Between 2000 and 2014, around 10,000 American children under 19 were hospitalized, and three died after taking methylphenidate or amphetamine, a new study reveals. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - May 21, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Banned Pregnancy Drug, Diethylstilbestrol, Linked to ADHD Generations Later
MONDAY, May 21, 2018 -- A pregnancy drug that has been banned for decades may increase the risk for attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) generations later, new research suggests. The study found that the grandchildren of women who took a... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - May 21, 2018 Category: General Medicine Source Type: news

Unnecessary And Accidental Use Of ADHD Drugs Increases Over 60%, Study Suggests
(CNN) — Exposure to common medications used to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder has increased by more than 60% in US children and adolescents, according to a new study. The study, published Monday in the journal Pediatrics, looked at all calls to US poison control centers for unintentional or intentional exposure to ADHD medications between 2000 and 2014 among children and adolescents. The researchers found that the number of calls increased from 7,018 in 2000 to 11,486 in 2014 — a 64% increase. According to the study’s authors, “exposure” refers to the unnecessary ingestion, inh...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - May 21, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health ADHD Local TV Source Type: news

Overdoses on ADHD Drugs May Be Rising
MONDAY, May 21, 2018 -- The number of U.S. kids accidentally or intentionally overdosing on ADHD medications may be on the rise, a new study suggests. Researchers found that between 2000 and 2011, there was a 71 percent increase in calls to U.S.... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - May 21, 2018 Category: General Medicine Source Type: news

Medical News Today: How is ADHD rated?
Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, known as ADHD, is a complex condition that can be difficult to diagnose. There are several different types of ADHD rating scale used to diagnose the condition. These all look at the symptoms and behaviors that the person displays. Learn more about the ADHD rating scale here. (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - May 21, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: ADHD / ADD Source Type: news

Unnecessary and accidental use of ADHD drugs increases over 60%
Exposure to common medications used to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder has increased by more than 60% in US children and adolescents, according to a new study. (Source: CNN.com - Health)
Source: CNN.com - Health - May 21, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

US poison control centers receive 29 calls per day about children exposed to ADHD medications
(Nationwide Children's Hospital) The study found that there were more than 156,000 calls to US Poison Control Centers regarding exposures to attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) medications among children and adolescents 19 years of age and younger from January 2000 through December 2014, averaging 200 calls each week or 29 calls per day. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - May 21, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Pregnancy drug DES might have triggered ADHD in the grandchildren of women who used it
(Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health) A new study reported elevated odds for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in the grandchildren of users of diethylstilbestrol, a synthetic estrogen commonly known as DES prescribed between 1938 and 1971 to prevent pregnancy complications. This is the first study to provide evidence of the potential neurodevelopmental consequences of DES use across generations. (Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science)
Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science - May 21, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Medical News Today: What effect does ADHD have on sexuality?
ADHD is a behavioral disorder that causes some people to become frustrated or hyperactive at inappropriate times. It is often lifelong and is usually managed by medications. It can often impact many areas of a person ’s life, including their sexuality and relationships. Learn more about ADHD’s effects on sexuality here. (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - May 19, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: ADHD / ADD Source Type: news

Medical News Today: Can you drink coffee while taking Adderall?
Adderall is a stimulant medication commonly used to treat ADHD. The caffeine in coffee can alter the side effects and efficacy of the drug. In this article, we look at the side effects of both caffeine and Adderall. We also consider whether or not it is safe to combine the two, and how doing so might affect the body. (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - May 17, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: ADHD / ADD Source Type: news

Fewer Antibiotics for Kids, But More ADHD Drugs
Title: Fewer Antibiotics for Kids, But More ADHD DrugsCategory: Health NewsCreated: 5/15/2018 12:00:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 5/16/2018 12:00:00 AM (Source: MedicineNet Kids Health General)
Source: MedicineNet Kids Health General - May 16, 2018 Category: Pediatrics Source Type: news

Fewer Antibiotics for Kids, But More ADHD Drugs
Prescriptions for antibiotics, antihistamines and cold medicines fell, while a growing number of kids received prescriptions for asthma, heartburn and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). (Source: WebMD Health)
Source: WebMD Health - May 15, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Kids Are Taking Fewer Antibiotics, More ADHD Meds
Doctors are prescribing fewer drugs to children, especially antibiotics. But use of certain drugs include ADHD medications has increased.(Image credit: Towfiqu Photography/Getty Images) (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - May 15, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Richard Harris Source Type: news

Drop in prescription medications among children, CDC report reveals
Doctors are prescribing 11 percent less medication to children now than they were in 1999, but prescription rates for ADHD and high blood pressure drugs are rising, new CDC figures reveal. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - May 15, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Fewer Antibiotics for Kids, But More ADHD Drugs
TUESDAY, May 15, 2018 -- American kids are taking fewer prescription medications these days -- but certain drugs are being prescribed more than ever, a new government study finds. Researchers found that between 1999 and 2014, the percentage of... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - May 15, 2018 Category: General Medicine Source Type: news

After-School Programs an Asset for Kids With ADHD
A syndrome affecting more than 11 million Americans, ADHD is marked by problems with restlessness, paying attention and controlling impulses, according to the Attention Deficit Disorder Association. (Source: WebMD Health)
Source: WebMD Health - May 10, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

After-School Programs a Blessing for Kids With ADHD
THURSDAY, May 10, 2018 -- After-school activities might be just what the doctor ordered for kids with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), researchers suggest. After analyzing records on more than 4,000 children with ADHD, the... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - May 10, 2018 Category: General Medicine Source Type: news

After-School Programs a Blessing for Kids With ADHD
Title: After-School Programs a Blessing for Kids With ADHDCategory: Health NewsCreated: 5/10/2018 12:00:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 5/10/2018 12:00:00 AM (Source: MedicineNet Kids Health General)
Source: MedicineNet Kids Health General - May 10, 2018 Category: Pediatrics Source Type: news

Akili Interactive closes $55m Series C
Akili Interactive said today it closed a $55 million Series C round of financing to help support its novel digital treatments for cognitive dysfunction. The round was led by Temasek and joined by Baillie Gifford, Amgen Ventures, M Ventures, Jazz Venture Partners, Canepa Advanced Healthcare Fund and Brooklands Capital Strategies, the Boston-based company said. Akili said that the Series C round follows the release of top-line results from a study of the company’s AKL-T01 flagship investigational product designed to treat pediatric attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder, released last December. The company said it pl...
Source: Mass Device - May 9, 2018 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Fink Densford Tags: Business/Financial News Neurological Software / IT Akili Interactive Labs Source Type: news

MRI shows possible cause for attention woes after stroke
MRI scans appear to have uncovered abnormalities in certain brain pathways...Read more on AuntMinnie.comRelated Reading: MRI shows smaller brain volume in kids with ADHD Machine learning predicts working-memory performance MRI, radiomics help diagnose, discern ADHD subtypes DTI shows how music could help kids with autism, ADHD 3D MRI shows risks in premature infants (Source: AuntMinnie.com Headlines)
Source: AuntMinnie.com Headlines - May 9, 2018 Category: Radiology Source Type: news

After-School Activities Beneficial for Children With ADHD
TUESDAY, May 8, 2018 -- For children with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), participation in after-school activities (ASA) is associated with reduced odds of moderate-to-severe ADHD and having seven or more missed school days,... (Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News)
Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News - May 8, 2018 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

'Not just for naughty boys': The rise in adult ADHD pills
More than 1.6 million prescriptions for ADHD medication were dispensed last year - double 10 years ago. (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)
Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition - May 8, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Adults with ADHD See Symptom Improvement with Long-Acting Tx
(MedPage Today) -- SHP465 mixed MAS effective in patients with or without sleep issues (Source: MedPage Today Psychiatry)
Source: MedPage Today Psychiatry - May 7, 2018 Category: Psychiatry Source Type: news

Nature or nurture: unravelling the roots of childhood behaviour disorders
Studies on young children have identified a genetic link for some such disorders, but environmental factors also have an effectHumans have succeeded as a species in large part because of our ability to cooperate and coordinate witheach other. These skills are driven by a range of “moral emotions” such as guilt and empathy, which help us to navigate the nuance of social interactions appropriately.Those who lack moral emotions are classed as having “callous-unemotional” traits: persistent personality characteristics that make negotiating social situations difficult. The combination of callous-unemotio...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - May 4, 2018 Category: Science Authors: Greg Chapman, research scientist, Boston University Twin Project Tags: Psychology Science Mental health Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder Genetics Biology Society Medical research Source Type: news

Computerized test may help improve ADHD diagnoses
(Wiley) A new clinical trial published in the Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry shows that adding a computerised test of attention and activity (QbTest) to standard care can reduce the time needed to make a diagnostic decision on ADHD, increase the likelihood of excluding ADHD when it is not present, and improve clinicians' confidence in their decision-making. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - May 4, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Risk of mild head injury in preschool children: relationship to attention deficit hyperactivity disorder symptoms - Altun H, Altun İ.
AIM: To investigate whether there is an association between mild head injury (MHI) and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) symptoms in preschool children. METHODS: The study included a patient group of 30 children aged 3-6  years with m... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - April 30, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Age: Infants and Children Source Type: news

Acetaminophen Use in Pregnancy Tied to Higher Autism, ADHD Risk Acetaminophen Use in Pregnancy Tied to Higher Autism, ADHD Risk
Prolonged use of acetaminophen during pregnancy is associated with an increased risk for autism spectrum disorder and attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, new research shows.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - April 26, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Psychiatry News Source Type: news

Impulsive aggression and response inhibition in attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder and disruptive behavioral disorders: findings from a systematic review - Puiu AA, Wudarczyk O, Goerlich KS, Votinov M, Konrad K, Turetsky B, Herpertz-Dahlmann B.
BACKGROUND: Although impulsive aggression (IA) and dysfunctional response inhibition (RI) are hallmarks of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and disrupted behavioral disorders (DBDs), little is known about their shared and distinct deviant ne... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - April 26, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Age: Adolescents Source Type: news

Lifetime victimization in children and adolescents with ADHD - Aguado-Gracia J, Mundo-Cid P, Lopez-Seco F, Acosta-Garc ía S, Cortes-Ruiz MJ, Vilella E, Masana-Marín A.
The objective of this study is to describe the frequency and type of victimization in a Spanish child and adolescent clinical ADHD sample and to analyze the association between the types of victimization and the severity of the symptoms. The sample is comp... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - April 26, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Age: Adolescents Source Type: news

Medical News Today: Caring for a child with ADHD: 21 tips
Parenting or caring for a child with ADHD can be both challenging and rewarding. In this article, we give tips on how to encourage positive behaviors and development in a child, as well as how to talk to them about their condition. We also look at how a parent or caregiver can ensure their own mental wellbeing. (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - April 25, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: ADHD / ADD Source Type: news

Paracetamol in pregnancy raises children's risk of ADHD and autism
Researchers from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem add to previous studies that have linked paracetamol to communication problems and reduced IQs among children. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - April 24, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Healthcare costs for adults with autism more than double those for general population
(Mary Ann Liebert, Inc./Genetic Engineering News) Researchers compared total annual healthcare costs for adults on the autism spectrum to costs for adults with attention-deficit and hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and adults in the general population and found them to be 20 percent and 70 percent higher, respectively. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - April 24, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

To fidget or not to fidget, that is the question: a systematic classroom evaluation of fidget spinners among young children with ADHD - Graziano PA, Garcia AM, Landis TD.
OBJECTIVE: To examine how fidget spinners affect children with ADHD's gross motor activity and attentional functioning in class, both during the initial and final phase of an intensive evidence-based behavioral treatment. METHOD: Using an A-B-A-B d... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - April 23, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Distraction, Fatigue, Chronobiology, Vigilance, Workload Source Type: news

Towards operationalising internal distractibility (Mind Wandering) in adults with ADHD - Biederman J, Fitzgerald M, Uchida M, Spencer TJ, Fried R, Wicks J, Saunders A, Faraone SV.
OBJECTIVE To investigate whether specific symptoms of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) can help identify ADHD patients with mind wandering. Methods Subjects were adults ages 18-55 of both sexes (n=41) who completed the Mind-Wandering... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - April 23, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Distraction, Fatigue, Chronobiology, Vigilance, Workload Source Type: news

Prolonged acetaminophen use during pregnancy linked to increased ASD and ADHD risk
(The Hebrew University of Jerusalem) Acetaminophen is one of the most common medications used for treatment of pain and fever reduction during pregnancy and is considered safe in humans. Now, in a first-of-its-kind meta-analysis, researchers at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem have found a link between prolonged use of drugs containing acetaminophen (paracetamol or Tylenol) during pregnancy, and increased risk of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - April 23, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Medical News Today: How are Dexedrine and Adderall different?
Dexedrine and Adderall are two medications that are commonly used to treat ADHD. Both drugs are similar, but there are some differences in how they are used. In this article, we examine the similarities and differences between these two medications, along with the risks, side effects, and warnings that go with them. (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - April 21, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: ADHD / ADD Source Type: news

MRI Reveals Brain Differences in Children With ADHD MRI Reveals Brain Differences in Children With ADHD
Cerebral morphometric alterations discriminate between children with and without ADHD against a control group.Medscape Neurology (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - April 20, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Neurology & Neurosurgery Commentary Source Type: news

Medical News Today: Is it safe to drink alcohol while taking Adderall?
There are risks and dangers to drinking alcohol alongside Adderall, a drug commonly used to treat ADHD. Here, we look at why it might be dangerous to drink alcohol while taking Adderall, with or without a prescription. We also describe symptoms and side effects that can occur and when emergency treatment may be needed. (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - April 19, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: ADHD / ADD Source Type: news