FDA gives green light to first medical device to treat ADHD in children: Monarch external Trigeminal Nerve Stimulation System (eTNS)

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved Friday the first medical device to treat childhood attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, or ADHD. The device, approved for children ages 7 to 12 who do not currently take ADHD medicine, delivers a low-level electrical pulse to a patch placed on the forehead that interacts with the parts ofContinue reading “FDA gives green light to first medical device to treat ADHD in children: Monarch external Trigeminal Nerve Stimulation System (eTNS)”

ADHD Tied to Raised Risk of Early Parkinson’s Disease

By Alan Mozes People with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) may be more than twice as likely to develop an early onset form of Parkinson’s, new research warns. What’s more, among “those ADHD patients who had a record of being treated with amphetamine-like drugs — especially Ritalin [methylphenidate] — the risk dramatically increased, to between eight- toContinue reading “ADHD Tied to Raised Risk of Early Parkinson’s Disease”

New study may explain gene’s role in major psychiatric disorders

A new study shows the death of newborn brain cells may be linked to a genetic risk factor for five major psychiatric diseases, and at the same time shows a compound currently being developed for use in humans may have therapeutic value for these diseases by preventing the cells from dying. In 2013, the largestContinue reading “New study may explain gene’s role in major psychiatric disorders”

Thousands of Toddlers Are Inapprorpiately Medicated for A.D.H.D., Report Finds, Raising Worries

By ALAN SCHWARZ More than 10,000 American toddlers 2 or 3 years old are being medicated for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder outside established pediatric guidelines, according to data presented on Friday by an official at the Center. The report, which found that toddlers covered by Medicaid are particularly prone to be put on medication suchContinue reading “Thousands of Toddlers Are Inapprorpiately Medicated for A.D.H.D., Report Finds, Raising Worries”