Tag Archives: ADHD

Pediatric Study: ‘Healthy’ Diet Best for ADHD Kids

Fast foods, sodas, and ice cream may be American kids’ favorite menu items, but they’re also probably the worst for those with attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), a new literature review suggests. According to two researchers from Children’s Memorial Hospital in … Continue reading

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ADHD medications NOT associated with adult CVD risk

The Wall Street Journal reports that medications used for the treatment of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (AD/HD) appear NOT to raise the risk of serious cardiovascular disease (CVD) in adults, according to a study published in the Journal of the American Medical … Continue reading

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Secondhand smoke exposure linked to psychological problems in children, adolescents

The Los Angeles Times “Booster Shots” blog reported, “Children and teens exposed to secondhand smoke are more likely to develop symptoms for a variety of mental health problems,” according to a study in the journal Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine.

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Elimination diet may benefit some young children with ADHD

In my book, Why ADHD Doesn’t Mean Disaster (currently on sale for $1.99 here), I discuss the possibility that certain diet changes may help SOME kids with ADHD. At the time, I took some grief for making this statement, which was based … Continue reading

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Most ADHD Kids Have Multiple Conditions, Study Says

In my book, Why ADHD Doesn’t Mean Disaster (currently on sale for $1.99 here), I encourage parents to be very careful in choosing who evaluates their child for ADHD. In fact, I normally recommend the evaluation be done by a … Continue reading

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Untreated teens with ADHD at risk behind the wheel

Teenaged boys are more likely than any other drivers to have car accidents, and a diagnosis of attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) increases their risk even further, a new study finds. Looking at more than 3,000 teenaged boys who had been in … Continue reading

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9 Food Additives That May Affect ADHD

In my book on ADHD, Why ADHD Doesn’t Mean Disaster … On sale now in both softcover and hardcover … I say this about the association between food additives and ADHD: Dr. Ben Feingold first popularized the idea in his 1985 book, … Continue reading

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Celebrities With Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder

Writing the book Why ADHD Doesn’t Mean Disaster brought me much joy. In the book I emphasize that people with ADHD are usually quite gifted, but as kids need to be parented in a special way. Kids with ADHD are … Continue reading

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ADHD drugs have no long-term growth effects: study

When I wrote the medical sections for the book, Why ADHD Doesn’t Mean Disaster, I discussed the fact that there had been concerns, in some circles, that ADHD medications may effect a child’s growth — although the risk of this … Continue reading

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Should Kids take Fish Oil Supplements?

All the talk about the benefits of omega-3s has parents asking whether CHILDREN should take fish oil supplements. Omega-3s are important for neurodevelopment … and they’re now showing up in many prenatal vitamins, infant formulas, and foods. Fish oil supplements for kids … Continue reading

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ADHD – Information for parents

Attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a behavioral condition that can affect both social interaction and academics. Parents have LOTS of questions about ADHD. The American Academy of Pediatrics offers some useful information about ADHD. More Information:

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Could ADHD medications cause sudden death in children?

A new study, published online in the American Journal of Psychiatry, concluded  that indicated that “the stimulants may be associated with sudden death.” If your child or teen has been prescribed stimulant medications for ADHD, what should you do? More … Continue reading

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USA Today calls for educating parents, teachers on benefits and risks of ADHD treatments.

USA Today editorializes, “Look around a school lunchroom these days and odds are that one out of every 20 boys (and one in 43 girls) will have been diagnosed with attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder,” and “more than half of those boys … Continue reading

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St. John’s Wort No Help in ADHD

ABC News reports a new study suggesting that St. John’s wort is not a useful treatment for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, or ADHD. Although the researchers only studied 54 children between 6 and 17 years old who have ADHD for … Continue reading

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Dr. Walt’s Take on the Health Headlines – June 4, 2008

Here are my takes on some of today’s health headlines. If Dad is not involved in child care, can we blame the mom? Here’s one the major news outlets haven’t touched.

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