ER Visits Linked to ADHD Meds Up Sharply

January 28, 2013

U.S. emergency department visits involving attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) drugs more than doubled from 2005 to 2010, with the largest hike occurring among adults, says a new government report. In that period, such ER visits rose from about 13,400 to 31,200, according to the U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).

ADHD Can Cause Lifelong Problems, Study Finds

December 10, 2012

By Serena GordonHealthDay Reporter
MONDAY, Dec. 10 (HealthDay News) — If children with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, or ADHD, continue to have the condition in adulthood, a new study suggests that they may face an array of physical and mental health issues.
The study, which spanned more than 30 years, found that people who had ADHD as teens and […]

Oxygen Deprivation in the Womb May Raise ADHD Risk

December 10, 2012

MONDAY, Dec. 10 (HealthDay News) — Children who were deprived of oxygen in the womb or during birth are more likely to develop attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), a new study says.
Kaiser Permanente researchers found oxygen deprivation may play a greater role in the prevalence of ADHD than other genetic or familial risk factors for the condition. […]

U.S. Kids Might Not Be Over-Medicated After All

December 3, 2012

By Steven ReinbergHealthDay Reporter
MONDAY, Dec. 3 (HealthDay News) — A large new study challenges the notion that too many U.S. teens with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and other mental health conditions are prescribed psychiatric drugs, when in fact only 14 percent of such adolescents receive them.
Concerns that drugs like Ritalin have been inappropriately prescribed to children […]

Youngest Kids in Class May Be More Likely to Get ADHD Diagnosis

November 19, 2012

By Randy DotingaHealthDay Reporter
MONDAY, Nov. 19 (HealthDay News) — A new study from Iceland adds to existing evidence that kids are more likely to be diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder if they’re among the youngest in their grade at school.
The findings suggest — but don’t prove — that some children are diagnosed with attention […]

ADHD Drugs Didn’t Raise Heart Risks for Kids, Study Finds

November 2, 2012

FRIDAY, Nov. 2 (HealthDay News) — Children who take drugs to treat attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) are not at increased risk for serious heart problems, according to a new review that confirms previous findings.
University of Florida researchers analyzed data from 1.2 million U.S. youths in Medicaid programs in 28 states, and found that the per-year risk […]

Exercise Boosts School Performance for Kids With ADHD: Study

October 24, 2012

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 24 (HealthDay News) — A few minutes of exercise a day can help children with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) do better at school, according to a small new study.
The findings suggest that exercise could provide an alternative to drug treatment. While drugs have proven largely effective in treating children with ADHD, many parents and […]

Some Boys With ADHD May Struggle as Adults

October 15, 2012

By Alan MozesHealthDay Reporter
MONDAY, Oct. 15 (HealthDay News) — Some boys who struggle with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder are more likely to experience a host of social, educational and financial difficulties as adults, a new study contends.
The observation reflects solely upon white males with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), as the researchers did not include sufficient numbers of either […]

Gene Tied to Obesity, Depression, ADHD

October 9, 2012

TUESDAY, Oct. 9 (HealthDay News) — Researchers have identified a genetic mutation that is linked to mental illness and obesity.
The researchers found that deletion of brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) is associated with anxiety, depression and obesity. BDNF is a nervous system growth factor that plays an important role in brain development.

Prenatal Mercury Exposure Tied to ADHD Symptoms in Kids

October 8, 2012

By Randy DotingaHealthDay Reporter
MONDAY, Oct. 8 (HealthDay News) — In another sign of the possible dangers lurking in an environmental hazard, new research links mercury exposure in expectant mothers to attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) symptoms in their children at the age of 8.
The research doesn’t prove that mercury is directly responsible for the behavioral problems. […]

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