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Acetaminophen In Pregnancy Linked To Higher Risk Of ADHD, Autism

Exposure to acetaminophen during pregnancy may raise a child’s risk for attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder and autism spectrum disorder, suggests a study from Johns Hopkins University. Researchers analyzed data from the Boston Birth Cohort, a long-term study of factors influencing pregnancy and child development. They collected umbilical cord blood from 996 births and measured the amount […]

Astrocytes May Play Key Role In Regulation Of ADHD

Astrocytes, previously thought to provide mainly nourishment and housekeeping functions for neurons, may play a key role in the regulation of attention deficit disorder and hyperactivity, a new UCLA study suggests. “Unmasking how astrocytes contribute to brain function is one of the most important open questions in neuroscience. We have made some progress, but our […]

ADHD May Increase Risk Of Parkinson’s Disease

ADHD patients had an increased risk of developing Parkinson’s and Parkinson-like diseases than individuals with no ADHD history, a new study from University of Utah Health found. While about 11 percent of children (4-17 years old) nationwide have been diagnosed with attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), the long-term health effects of having ADHD and of common […]

Without ADHD, Adderall Does Not Improve Cognition

ADHD drugs don’t improve cognition of college students who don’t have the condition, a small pilot study suggests. Not only that, but taking them could actually impair functioning, say researchers, who expected different results. “We hypothesized that Adderall would enhance cognition in the healthy students, but instead, the medication did not improve reading comprehension or […]

ADHD Medications Increase Brain Glutamate Levels In Healthy People

Healthy people who take attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) drugs experience a surge in the neurotransmitter glutamate in key parts of the brain, new research indicates. The increase in glutamate is associated with subsequent changes in positive emotion. The findings not only provide clues about how these drugs affect healthy brains, they also hint at […]