Boy sleeping in bed
November 24, 2015 There's been plenty of disagreement over whether stimulant drugs used to treat ADHD interfere with children's sleep. A review of studies finds the drugs make it harder to fall asleep and stay asleep.
Brain imaging experiments found patterns associated with attention span.
November 23, 2015 By assessing the strength of certain connections in the brain with an MRI test, researchers were often able to tell whether children and adolescents had attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.
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Researchers have used MRI scanners to learn that preemies are born with weak connections in some critical brain networks.
October 19, 2015 Brain scans found abnormally weak connections in the brains of premature infants may make them more prone to develop autism, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and other emotional disorders.
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August 10, 2015 Dozens of games and apps claim to improve your memory or make you smarter or reduce stress. But do they really? Developers say the next step is clinically valid proof of cognitive gains.
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July 15, 2015 Children with mental health issues are more likely to struggle with jobs, family and social life as adults. And that's true even for children whose problems aren't severe enough to be diagnosed.
July 1, 2015 Drugs intended to treat psychosis are also used to treat behavioral problems in children with ADHD. Less risky behavioral treatments and medications should be the first choice, researchers say.
November 17, 2014 Modafinil has been approved for treatment of narcolepsy, but it's often used to improve mental performance. The question is, does it work? A new study says probably not.
Maps of connections in the brain are helping researchers better understand attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.
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September 15, 2014 A network in the brain that helps control daydreaming seem to be slower to develop in children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.
A recent study found a brief delay in peak growth spurt among boys who took ADHD stimulants for at least three years, but no significant effect on their ultimate height.
September 1, 2014 Some earlier research hinted that Ritalin and Adderall can hamper a child's growth. But a study of adults who took the drugs as kids now suggests any such effect is only temporary.
The stress of adult life can make living with undiagnosed ADHD very difficult, doctors say.
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June 9, 2014 Boys are more likely to be diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder than girls, though both sexes are equally affected. Women are increasingly seeking treatment as young adults.
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Have daunting to-do lists contributed to the rise in ADHD drug prescriptions?
March 14, 2014 Teenage boys are still the primary users of stimulant medications to treat ADHD, but increased use by adults, particularly young women, has fueled a 36 percent rise in prescriptions in five years.
Boy meets girl, sperm meets egg — how much does the age of each matter?
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February 26, 2014 A study that took many other potential influences into account found that kids born to men 45 and older were more likely than the children of younger fathers to develop autism or ADHD.
November 22, 2013 The number of children diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder has been rising since the 1990s. Now, the CDC reports that two-thirds of children with a current diagnosis are being medicated — a jump of 28 percent from 2007 to 2011.
The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that children have no more than two hours a day of "screen time."
July 29, 2013 Boys with autism spectrum disorders or ADHD put in twice as much time each day playing video games as do typically developing boys. But researchers say they don't know if the games contribute to behavior issues or if the children's difficulties make video games more alluring.
May 30, 2013 People with ADHD in childhood are more likely to have problems with drugs and alcohol later. Studies have disagreed on whether treatment with stimulant drugs like Ritalin makes that abuse more likely, or protects against it. The biggest review yet says stimulant treatment neither helps nor hurts.
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