Saffron as effective as stimulant medicines in treating ADHD

Saffron as effective as stimulant medicines in treating ADHD Saffron as effective as stimulant medicines in treating ADHD A new short-term pilot study in children and teens 6-17 years old with attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) has shown saffron to be as effective at controlling symptoms as methylphenidate, the commonly prescribed drug Ritalin. Sara Baziar et…

Study examines acetaminophen use in pregnancy, child behavioral problems

Bottom Line: Children of women who used the pain reliever acetaminophen (paracetamol) during pregnancy appear to be at higher risk for attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)-like behavioral problems and hyperkinetic disorders (HKDs, a severe form of ADHD). Author: Zeyan Liew, M.P.H., of the University of California, Los Angeles, and colleagues. Background: Acetaminophen is the most commonly used…

Common plastics chemicals linked to ADHD symptoms – phthalate

Reposted at request: Public release date: 19-Nov-2009 – – They found a significant positive association between phthalate exposure and ADHD, meaning that the higher the concentration of phthalate metabolites in the urine, the worse the ADHD symptoms and/or test scores.   Are phthalates really safe for children? Philadelphia, PA, 19 November 2009 – Phthalates are…

Breastfeeding Could Prevent ADHD

Monday, July 22, 2013 TAU research finds that breastfed children are less likely to develop ADHD later in life We know that breastfeeding has a positive impact on child development and health — including protection against illness. Now researchers from Tel Aviv University have shown that breastfeeding could also help protect against Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder…

12-months of treatment with ADHD drugs increases dopamine transporters in some brain regions by 24%

Contact: Souri Somphanith onepress@plos.org 415-624-1217 x199 Public Library of Science Long-term ADHD treatment increases brain dopamine transporter levels, may affect drug efficacy 12-month treatment may impact adult ADHD patients’ response to methylphenidate Long-term treatment of attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) with certain stimulant medications may alter the density of the dopamine transporter, according to research published…

90 percent of pediatric specialists not following clinical guidelines when treating preschoolers with ADHD

Contact: Terry Lynam tlynam@nshs.edu 516-465-2600 North Shore-Long Island Jewish (LIJ) Health System Some prescribe medication too soon; others not even as a second-line treatment NEW HYDE PARK, NY – A recent study by pediatricians from the Cohen Children’s Medical Center of New York examined to what extent pediatric physicians adhere to American Academy of Pediatrics…

ADHD symptoms persist for most young children despite treatment

Contact: Ekaterina Pesheva epeshv1@jhmi.edu 410-502-9433 Johns Hopkins Medicine Nine out of 10 young children with moderate to severe attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) continue to experience serious, often severe symptoms and impairment long after their original diagnoses and, in many cases, despite treatment, according to a federally funded multi-center study led by investigators at Johns Hopkins…

Medication cuts crime rate among ADHD sufferers: results suggested that encouraging more ADHD sufferers to take medication could help to reduce crime and re-offending rates

Wed, 21 Nov 2012 22:00 GMT Reuters * Study of 25,000 people found ADHD drugs cut crime rates * Ritalin and other stimulants can help patients to focus * Experts say medication decisions must be personal choice By Kate Kelland LONDON, Nov 21 (Reuters) – Criminal behaviour in adults with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)…

Did the gene for ADHD help our nomadic ancestors?

Re-Post 2008 Contact: Ben Campbell campbelb@uwm.edu 414-229-6250 University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee An ADHD-associated version of the human gene DRD4 is linked to better health among nomadic tribesmen, but may cause malnourishment in their settled cousins, according to new research by a team directed by an anthropologist at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (UWM). A study…

A trial of removing food additives should be considered for hyperactive children

Re-Post for Filing 2008 Contact: Rachael Davies rdavies@bma.org.uk 44-020-738-36529 BMJ-British Medical Journal A properly supervised trial eliminating colours and preservatives from the diet of hyperactive children should considered a part of the standard treatment, says an editorial in this week’s BMJ. Although a substantial body of evidence shows a link between attention deficit hyperactivity disorder…

More Children Being Prescribed – Quote “Lobotomizing” Antipsychotics Than Adults Now.

More Kids Taking Antipsychotics for ADHD: Study By By Steven Reinberg HealthDay Reporter | HealthDay – 2 hrs 17 mins ago TUESDAY, Aug. 7 (HealthDay News) — Use of powerful antipsychotic  medications such as Abilify and  Risperdal to control youngsters with  attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and other behavior  problems has skyrocketed in recent years, a new…

Harvard psychologist Jerome Kagan, offers a scathing critique of the mental-health establishment and pharmaceutical companies, accusing them of incorrectly classifying millions as mentally ill out of self-interest and greed.

SPIEGEL Interview with Jerome Kagan 2 AUG 2012 Harvard psychologist Jerome Kagan is one of the world’s leading experts in child development. In a SPIEGEL interview, he offers a scathing critique of the mental-health establishment and pharmaceutical companies, accusing them of incorrectly classifying millions as mentally ill out of self-interest and greed. Jerome Kagan can…

Study pinpoints effects of different doses of an ADHD drug; Finds higher doses may harm learning

MADISON – New research with monkeys sheds light on how the drug methylphenidate may affect learning and memory in children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. The results parallel a 1977 finding that a low dose of the drug boosted cognitive performance of children with ADHD, but a higher dose that reduced their hyperactivity also impaired…