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ADHD in the News 05-26-16

Trial quality, bias may diminish value of methylphenidate for ADHD (Healio, May 24, 2016)

"A recent clinical review in JAMA reported that evidence supporting the use of methylphenidate among adolescents for treatment of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder is of very low quality and should be reconsidered for future therapy guidelines...The researchers conducted a Cochrane review of all randomized controlled trials of methylphenidate, consisting of 38 parallel-group trials and 147 cross-over trials conducted between 1981 and 2014. (Healio, May 24, 2016)..." Full Story


Adults, Especially Women, May Develop ADHD Later In Life -- Or Else Were Missed As Kids (Forbes, May 20, 2016)

"A major shift in the way researchers and clinicians look at attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) may be on the horizon, according to two new studies that each tracked thousands of people for almost 20 years after birth. One group was in the United Kingdom while the other was in Brazil, but the findings from both, published in JAMA Psychiatry, were remarkably similar in two ways: Both found that a significant proportion of adults with ADHD did not have the condition as children, and the majority of those adults were women. (Forbes, May 20, 2016)..." Full Story


Tasty and easy to take, a new ADHD drug alarms some psychiatrists (STATnews.com, May 23, 2016)

"Adzenys, as the chewable, fruity medication is called, packs the punch of Adderall and is geared toward children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. The drug hit the market last week and is already stirring controversy: Some psychiatrists worry that Adzenys will accelerate a trend toward overmedicating kids — and could be yet another gateway into ADHD drug abuse...Some psychiatrists see no reason to worry about Adzenys. (STATnews.com, May 23, 2016)..." Full Story


ADHD, OCD May Be More Common Among Workaholics (PsychCentral, May 26, 2016)

"Workaholics may be more prone to several mental disorders, including obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), depression and anxiety, according to a new study led by the University of Bergen in Norway. In it, researchers examined the links between workaholism and psychiatric disorders among 16,426 working adults. (PsychCentral, May 26, 2016)..." Full Story


Distraction, Restlessness In Adults: Is It Dementia Or Is It ADHD? (CBS New York, May 23, 2016)

"As Americans grow older, doctors are seeing more coming in with symptoms that look like early dementia or Alzheimer’s, but is it really? CBS2’s Dr. Max Gomez said they may actually be suffering from an undiagnosed childhood problem known as Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. (CBS New York, May 23, 2016)..." Full Story


Children With Vision Problems More Likely to be Diagnosed With ADHD (Psychiatry Advisor, May 25, 2016)

"Children with uncorrectable vision problems are almost twice as likely to receive a diagnosis of attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) than children with normal vision, according to a retrospective study from researchers at the University of Birmingham, Alabama, School of Medicine. (Psychiatry Advisor, May 25, 2016)..." Full Story



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