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5 Must-Read Articles, and an Online Course, to Help Children with ADHD

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— Dr. David Rabiner, Research Professor in the Department of Psychology and Neuroscience at Duke Uni­ver­sity and founder of the Atten­tion Research Update.

Given the ongoing changes and controversies surrounding ADHD diagnosis and treatment, let us highlight 5 key articles written by Duke University’s Dr. David Rabiner to summarize recent scientific findings and their implications, plus a very relevant online course to help parents and professionals help children with ADHD.

1. Study finds large gaps between research and practice in ADHD diagnosis and treatment

  • Key insight: Evidence-based guidelines from the American Academy of Pediatrics on the evaluation and treatment of ADHD are frequently not followed. Many children are diagnosed with ADHD in the absence of clearly meeting DSM diagnostic criteria, and behavioral treatment is rarely recommended.
  • Key data point: Pediatricians prescribed ADHD medication to roughly 93% of youth diagnosed with ADHD. Documentation that behavioral treatment was recommended, however, was present in only 13% of the charts.

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Neurotech start-up Rythm raises $11 million more to develop and commercialize sleep-monitoring headband Dreem

Dreem machine: Rythm raises $11 million and launches $500 sleep-monitoring headband (VentureBeat)

“Founded out of France in 2014, Rythm is now based in San Francisco, where it has been working toward bringing its Dreem machine headband to market…In a nutshell, Rythm touts itself as a neurotechnology company that’s setting out to “enhance” your sleep, Read the rest of this entry »

Improving driving safety with alarms triggered by impending sleep state, detected via brain signals: Key Neurotech Patent #11

sleep state alarm

– Illustrative image from U.S. Patent No. 6,497,658

As mentioned, we are featuring a foundational Pervasive Neurotech patent a day, from older to newer by issue date. Today we are sharing a 2002 patent core to the field of driving safety.

U.S. Patent No. 6,497,658: Alarm upon detection of impending sleep state

  • Inventor(s): Michael F. Roizen, Lawrence J. Gottlieb, Avery Tung
  • Technology Category: EEG
  • Issue Date: December 24, 2002

SharpBrains’ Take:

The ‘658 patent presents EEG technology applied to the field of sleep, with an application geared less towards improved sleep states and more towards increased vigilance during awake but sleepy states that may be necessary for example with vehicle operators. Read the rest of this entry »

Study: Don’t overlook sleep difficulties in children with ADHD; they may impair functioning as much as ADHD itself

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Problems with sleep are common in children with ADHD; in fact, past studies indicate that sleep problems occur in between 70 and 85%. Because of this, the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that sleep difficulties should be assessed as part of a comprehensive ADHD evaluation. In some children, significant sleep difficulties may be an important contributor to apparent ADHD symptoms, and could contribute to a child being incorrectly diagnosed. For example, Read the rest of this entry »

News: Advanced Brain Monitoring receives Global Health and Pharma Award for clinical-grade platforms monitoring brain’s electrical activity

Advanced Brain Monitoring Named “Most Innovative Medical Device Company” at Global Health and Pharma Awards (Sleep Review):

“Advanced Brain Monitoring Inc was named the “Most Innovative Medical Device Company” by Global Health and Pharma at its 2016 Healthcare and Pharmaceutical awards. “This award recognizes our company’s successes in developing technologies which enable clinicians and clinical trial sponsors to profile brain health through the analysis of the brain’s electrical activity (EEG) during sleep and wake,” says Chris Berka, Advanced Brain Monitoring CEO…The company was recently awarded a $1.5 mm grant from National Institute of Health to expand its database of awake and sleep EEG in patients with neurodegenerative diseases. “The envisioned future is for routine brain health assessments during sleep and waking to be conducted in a manner similar to a mammogram or colonoscopy,” says Berka. “Ultimately, early detection will increase the likelihood that an intervention can be matched to the patient based on the presence of brain biomarkers and administered prior to the onset of cognitive decline.”

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