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Large study with twins highlights the limited role of genetics in mental health and the importance of effective early interventions for ADHD

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Mul­ti­ple stud­ies have indi­cat­ed that, on aver­age, youth with ADHD have poor­er out­comes in young adult­hood in mul­ti­ple areas com­pared to their unaf­fect­ed peers.

A lim­i­ta­tion of these stud­ies, how­ev­er, is that they have not typ­i­cal­ly dis­tin­guished between indi­vid­u­als whose ADHD per­sists into adult­hood from those where the con­di­tion remits. Read the rest of this entry »

Think twice before taking Aderall for cognitive enhancement: It may actually impair working memory and other cognitive abilities

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ADHD drugs do not improve cog­ni­tion in healthy col­lege stu­dents (Sci­enceDai­ly):

Con­trary to pop­u­lar belief across col­lege cam­pus­es, atten­tion deficit hyper­ac­tiv­i­ty dis­or­der (ADHD) med­ica­tions may fail to improve cog­ni­tion in healthy stu­dents and actu­al­ly can impair func­tion­ing, accord­ing to a study by researchers at the Uni­ver­si­ty of Rhode Island and Brown Uni­ver­si­ty. Read the rest of this entry »

Brain training franchisor LearningRx settles FTC complaint about its marketing claims

BrainTraining_learningRxLearn­ingRx To Pay $200K For Alleged­ly Unproven Claims That Brain Train­ing Can Improve Income, Treat Autism & ADHD (Con­sumerist):

The com­pa­ny behind the Learn­ingRX “brain train­ing” pro­gram has agreed to pay a $200,000 set­tle­ment and to stop mak­ing claims that its sys­tem is clin­i­cal­ly proven to treat seri­ous health con­di­tions, or that it can Read the rest of this entry »

Large multi-center study to test videogame-like digital therapy as (potentially) FDA-cleared ADHD treatment

evo_akiliAkili Labs recruits for ADHD tri­al with ambi­tions of FDA clear­ance for dig­i­tal med­i­cine (Med­C­i­ty News)

Akili Labs has kicked off open enroll­ment for a clin­i­cal tri­al of its Project EVO video game plat­form in a quest to secure for 510(k) clear­ance from the U.S. Food and Drug Admin­is­tra­tion for its lead indi­ca­tion Read the rest of this entry »

Challenging status quo: Why shouldn’t behavioral therapy, instead of medication, be first-line treatment for ADHD?

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— Par­tic­i­pants at a social skills train­ing camp. Source: Flori­da Inter­na­tion­al Uni­ver­si­ty

Behav­ioral Ther­a­py First for ADHD Treat­ment? (Web­MD):

Behav­ioral ther­a­py should be used before med­ica­tion in treat­ing chil­dren with atten­tion-deficit hyper­ac­tiv­i­ty dis­or­der (ADHD), accord­ing to new research. Read the rest of this entry »

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