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To improve academic outcomes, children with ADHD need both medication and non-medication treatments

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Aca­d­e­mic prob­lems are extremely com­mon in chil­dren with ADHD, and often the issue that leads to refer­ral for an ADHD evaluation.

Aca­d­e­mic out­comes can be mea­sured in 2 dif­fer­ent ways — aca­d­e­mic achieve­ment and aca­d­e­mic per­for­mance — and both are com­pro­mised in chil­dren with ADHD. Aca­d­e­mic achieve­ment refers to the infor­ma­tion and skills that chil­dren acquire and is typ­i­cally mea­sured by stan­dard­ized tests. Aca­d­e­mic per­for­mance focuses on direct mea­sures of suc­cess at school such as grades, grade reten­tion, high school grad­u­a­tion, and col­lege enrollment.

An impor­tant ques­tion then, for mil­lions of kids diag­nosed with ADHD and for their par­ents and edu­ca­tors, is whether long-term aca­d­e­mic func­tion­ing can improve with appro­pri­ate treat­ment. Read the rest of this entry »

Time is over for “one size fits all” dementia treatments. Next: How to best integrate non-pharmacologic and pharmacologic approaches

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Time to ‘just say no’ to behavior-calming drugs for Alzheimer patients? Experts say yes (Med­ical Xpress):

Doc­tors write mil­lions of pre­scrip­tions a year for drugs to calm the behav­ior of peo­ple with Alzheimer’s dis­ease and other types of demen­tia. But non-drug approaches actu­ally work bet­ter, and carry far fewer risks, experts con­clude in a new report.

In fact, non-drug approaches should be the first choice for treat­ing demen­tia patients’ com­mon symp­toms such as Read the rest of this entry »

Upcoming award for behavioral health innovation

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Quick heads-up: The Scat­ter­good Foun­da­tion and the Kennedy Forum have part­nered to rec­og­nize inno­va­tions that chal­lenge how behav­ioral health­care is cur­rently viewed, orga­nized, and prac­ticed through the cre­ation of cat­alytic con­cepts, prod­ucts, processes, ser­vices and/or tech­nolo­gies.  Read the rest of this entry »

Upcoming market report on Pervasive Neurotechnology

market reportJust a quick heads-up to the Sharp­Brains com­mu­nity: we are wrap­ping up a com­pre­hen­sive mar­ket report on Per­va­sive Neu­rotech­nolo­gies (non-invasive, scal­able, poten­tially ubiq­ui­tous). To learn when it becomes avail­able, keep tuned via our e-Newsletter.

See below, in alpha­bet­i­cal order, a few of the orga­ni­za­tions to be pro­filed in the report, given their rel­e­vant intel­lec­tual prop­erty port­fo­lios (pri­mar­ily patents). Read the rest of this entry »

Update: What do schizophrenia, anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, addiction, and obsessive-compulsive disorder, have in common?

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Time for Sharp­Brains’ Feb­ru­ary e-newsletter, fea­tur­ing a wealth of neu­ro­science and neu­rotech­nol­ogy news and brain health insights.

New research

 

New think­ing

 

New tools

 

Have a great month of March!

Open question: Can coffee & Ritalin’s mental effects be delivered, safely, over a smartphone?

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Will 2015 be the year our smart­phones link up to our brains? (Pop­u­lar Science):

Thync bills itself first and fore­most as a neu­ro­science com­pany. Its sole product—slated for release later this year—is a smartphone-controlled wear­able device that will allow the user to actively alter his or her brain’s elec­tri­cal state through tran­scra­nial direct cur­rent stim­u­la­tion (tDCS). The big idea: Read the rest of this entry »

Study: Fewer than 19% of ADHD treatment plans monitor treatment response according to guidelines

adhd-workingmemoryWhat did they find (at a recent study, pub­lished in the jour­nal Pedi­atrics, sur­vey­ing community-based ADHD diag­noses and treatments)?

  • For around 30 per­cent of chil­dren diag­nosed with ADHD, the evi­dence that DSM cri­te­ria were met was missing.
  • ADHD rat­ing scales were col­lected from par­ents and teach­ers for only 56 per­cent of youth with an ADHD diagnosis.

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Haven’t read this book yet?

May 2015 Online Course: How to Nav­i­gate Con­ven­tional and Com­ple­men­tary ADHD Treat­ments for Healthy Brain Development

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