"Foolproof" indicator for ADHD diagnosis

This could be a major breakthrough in definitively diagnosing ADHD. Right now it is often misdiagnosed and there are no reliable physiological biomarkers for doctors to use. Doctors have to get information from the patient and family and research medial and social history and evaluate symptomsBut this new research from Tel Aviv University found that involuntary eye movements accurately reflect if the person has ADHD. Those same eye movements (or lack thereof after treatment) accurately reflect that stimulant medications are working....more

ADHD meds carry cardiovascular risk for kids

With ADHD med usage on the rise worldwide, researchers decided that a large study of the drugs' cardiovascular safety was in order. Researchers from Denmark and Yale University School of Medicine looked at stimulant use and the correlation between cardiovascular events in 8,300 kids with ADHD. They found a "small but statstically significant risk" linking the two.Part of the reason the study was published was as a warning to doctors to monior key vital signs and ask about family history during treatment in order to reduce the risk of harm.Here's what I read:...more

Untreated ADHD linked to addiction in kids, teens and adults

If you think not treating your child's ADHD will only affect their grades, think again.There's a lot of research out there about the correlations between ADHD and various kinds of addiction. Here are just a few I ran across:1. Food addiction - The same impulsivity that leads some with ADHD to absue drugs and alchol can lead to food addiction  - especially binge eating and bulimia. It's less likely in anorexia, which is more about "control" than impulsivity....more

Lisa Ling has ADD

There's good news and bad news about this story showing that Lisa Ling has adult ADD.http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/06/12/lisa-ling-add-adhd_n_5489924.htmlThe good news is, it shows people that you can have ADD and still be brilliant and successful. How is that possible? IQ is a measurement of cognitive skills. If all of Lisa's other cognitive skills (visual processing, logic & reasoning, auditory processing, memory, processing speed) are very strong and just her attention skills are weak, she could have an incredibly high IQ. ...more

Researchers find physical differences in the brains of adults with ADHD

MIT neuroscientists have found key differences in the brains of adult who have outgrown ADHD since childhood, and those who still have it.Although many kids outgrown ADHD, about 10 million adults in the U.S. are diagnosed with ADHD (imagine how many aren't diagnosed but have it!). The symptoms are similar to those of childhood ADHD: an inability to focus, which in turn creates difficulty completing tasks, listening to instructions and/or remembering details....more

More evidence that brain training helps ADHD

The evidence is mounting:1. ADHD stimulant meds have no longterm effects on grades or IQ:  http://www.nature.com/news/medication-the-smart-pill-oversell-1.147012. Computer-based brain training helps strengthen attention:http://dailyfreepress.com/2014/02/19/adhd-study-shows-children-can-train...3. Personal brain training can eliminate the need for ADHD meds:http://media.learningrx.com/study-shows-brain-training-can-eliminate-nee......more

New discovery on attention deficits

You know that ADD and ADHD are caused by attention deficits, and that people who have suffered a stroke or traumatic brain injury (TBI) often have attention weaknesses.New research has shown that when someone pays attention, the brain synchronizes different regions - not just the one that controls attention.The analogy given is tuning multiple walkie-talkies to the same frequency.The study looked at the brains of epileptics using grids of electrodes, which allowed the researchers to study the changes in the brain in MILLISECONDS....more

1st graders with attention problems fall behind for years - but not 2nd graders

New research out of Duke University says that when attention struggles emerge in first grade, the child is likely to suffer academically for years. But when the attention problems emerge in second grade instead, the child performs just as well as their peers in later years.The study followed 891 individuals from kindergarten through adulthood.Why such a difference in just one year? It may be because first grade is when students begin to acquire key learning skills.Here's what I read:http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/10/131022170830.htm...more

Big news on ADHD meds!

Did you see this article?July 8, 2013 Wall Street Journal’s “ADHD Drugs Don’t Boost Kids’ Grades”A new long-term study of nearly 4,000 students found that ADHD drugs like Ritalin and Adderall don’t help achievement scores or grade-point averages. In fact, according to the research, boys who took medications for ADHD actually performed worse in school than boys with similar symptoms who took no stimulant medications. Likewise, girls who took ADHD drugs reported more emotional problems....more

New test for ADHD uses EEGs

The FDA has approved the use of the NEBA System (named for NEBA Health, which makes the system) for docs to accurately determine if ADHD is the cause of behavior problems.The NEBA System supports, not replaces, traditional diagnosis protocols, like physical exams, behavior quetionnaires and testing, IQ testing and criteria from the DSM-IV-TR.The test is noninvasive and takes 15-20 minutes. It works by calculating the radio of theta and beta waves in the brain. In the past, kids with ADHD have been shown to have higher theta/beta ratios.Here's the story I read:...more