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ADHD in the News 06-16-16

Sound Sleep Elusive for Many Kids With ADHD (HealthDay, June 8, 2016)

"A new study supports a claim parents have long made about children with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder -- kids with ADHD don't sleep as well as other kids. "Children with ADHD have huge sleep problems," said study leader Anne Virring Sorensen, a researcher at Aarhus University in Risskov, Denmark. "We verified [their sleep problems] by polysomnography, which hadn't been done before," she said. (HealthDay, June 8, 2016)..." Full Story


ADHD and OCD Patients Differ Fundamentally in Brain Abnormalities (Medicalresearch.com, June 11, 2016)

"ADHD and OCD patients both suffer from poor inhibitory control and in both disorders this has been associated with structural and functional deficits in fronto-striatal networks. However, it is not clear to what extent the two disorders differ in their underlying neural substrates. This study therefore conducted a meta-analysis of all published whole brain structural and functional MRI studies of inhibitory control in both disorders. (Medicalresearch.com, June 11, 2016)..." Full Story


Drug treatment of hyperactivity in kids may have levelled off in UK (Science Daily, June 14, 2016)

"The tendency to treat childhood hyperactivity (ADHD) with drugs may have reached a plateau in the UK, following a steep rise in the number of prescriptions for these medicines over the past 20 years, reveals research published in the online journal BMJ Open. (Science Daily, June 14, 2016)..." Full Story


Are Hispanics less likely to get diagnosed with ADHD in the US? (The Guardian, June 14, 2016)

"Despite concerns that children are being overly drugged for behaviour, there are data to suggest that some kids aren’t getting the care they actually need...In an already diminished field, Hispanic children may be getting even less care than non-Hispanic white children. (The Guardian, June 14, 2016)..." Full Story


Sugar and ADHD: A Bad Mix? (Psychology Today, June 14, 2016)

"Beyond our run-of-the-mill sugar highs, many parents think that ADHD and sugar are a particularly bad mix. Too much sugar makes ADHD symptoms worse. That’s the logic. The “sugar high” aggravates the already vulnerable hyperactivity or inattention. Kind of like a sugar high squared. But once again, the research linking sugar and ADHD is not totally supportive. It’s mixed. (Psychology Today, June 14, 2016)..." Full Story


Individuals diagnosed with ADHD, obesity have reduced ability to delay gratification (News-Medical.net, June 15, 2016)

"Two new studies led by researchers at McMaster University and St. Joseph's Healthcare Hamilton have found that individuals diagnosed with ADHD or obesity are more likely to choose smaller immediate rewards over larger future rewards. This reduced capacity to delay gratification in many individuals diagnosed with ADHD or obesity may lead to new approaches for the clinical treatment of these conditions. (News-Medical.net, June 15, 2016)..." Full Story



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