ADHD

Food colouring not linked to ADHD but safety issues still remain

 Food colouring not linked to ADHD but safety issues still remain Washington, June 15: Though no scientific evidence has been found to link food colouring to ADHD, there are however other safety issues that have not yet been answered.

When University of Maryland psychologist Andrea Chronis-Tuscano testified before a US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) hearing last March, it changed her mind about possible risks of artificial food colouring for children.


Parents of children with ADHD have higher risk of divorce

Washington, Oct 22: Parents whose children suffer from attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) are more likely to divorce than people whose kids are perfectly normal, according to a new study.

University at Buffalo researchers have found that parents of a child with ADHD are nearly twice as likely to divorce by the time the child is 8 years old than parents of children without the condition.


Genetic change in dopamine transporter linked to ADHD

Washington, July 9 : Researchers from Vanderbilt University Medical Centre have uncovered a mechanism that might be responsible for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in kids

The study suggests that a genetic change in the dopamine transporter – one of the brain''s dopamine-handling proteins might lead to ADHD.

While studying two brothers with ADHD, the researchers found that this altered function of the transporter gene variant supports a role for dopamine signalling in the disease.


Children with concentrating problems do not always suffer from ADHD

Berlin - Before treatment begins for a child suspected of having an attention disorder, other possible maladies should be ruled out, according to Professor Andreas Warnke of the Berlin-based German Society for Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Psychosomatics and Psychotherapy (DGKJP).

Warnke noted that some of the typical symptoms of Attention- Deficit and Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) could have other causes. If a child has difficulty concentrating, he said, it may be due to a developmental disorder such as dyslexia.


Safety of ADHD treatment for kids with Fragile X Syndrome confirmed

Fragile X Syndrome confirmed

Washington, February 19 : A double-blind, placebo-controlled multi-center study has confirmed that a form of the amino acid carnitine called L-acetyl carnitine (LAC) is a safe alternative to stimulants that are used for the treatment of attention deficit and/or hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in children who are also suffering from Fragile X Syndrome, the most common hereditary form of mental retardation.

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