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Monday, February 19, 2018

Archive for the ‘ADHD’ Category

Fidget spinners: Is this fad a friend or foe?

It is the year of the fidget spinner — that pervasive, handheld toy making appearances in children’s backpacks, on playgrounds and in classrooms (or locked away in teacher’s desks) across the country. The flat, disc-like toy with weighted paddles centered around a small, heavy center spool spins. And spins. And spins. And that’s about it. […]

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Local pediatrician, ADHD expert to sign “Marvin’s Monster Diary” books

What’s not for kids to love? Marvin, a rambunctious young monster living on planet Monstearth, and the star of “Marvin’s Monster Diary: ADHD Attacks!” is a cross between Mr. Mucus of Mucinex ad fame, and Digger, TV toenail fungus extraordinaire. Phoenix/Scottsdale behavioral and developmental pediatrician and autism and ADHD expert, Dr. Raun Melmed, created this […]

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Parents as partners: a collaborative approach to ADHD

ADHD treatment, ADHD diagnosis, ADHD collaborative care

What’s the best way to help a child cope with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder? New study findings confirm that kids do better with a collaborative approach to ADHD that includes parents throughout diagnosis and treatment. The study, which will be published in the April 2015 issue of Pediatrics, the journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), […]

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Buying and selling ADHD drugs: What to tell kids

Nearly 23 percent of children and teens with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) who use stimulant medications are approached to buy, sell or trade ADHD drugs, according to a new study published in the July 2014 issue of Pediatrics, the journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). According to the AAP, ADHD affects approximately 8 percent of children […]

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ADHD linked to childhood obesity

Are kids with ADHD more likely to become obese? A new study to be released in the April 2014 issue of Pediatrics, the journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), found an association between untreated ADHD and obesity. Findings also showed that children with ADHD who were treated with stimulant medication demonstrated lower body mass […]

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New Way Academy celebrates new campus

Students at a Valley private school started their second quarter last Monday at a new location near the Arcadia neighborhood in Phoenix. What’s now the New Way Academy campus was vacated by a Phoenix school district due to low enrollment. For years New Way had to turn students away because the number of interested families far outpaced […]

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Parent preferences and goals influence ADHD treatment decisions

So you found a clinician, took your child for a thorough evaluation, and the diagnosis is in: Your child has ADD/ADHD. What’s next, in terms of a treatment plan? That depends on your goal for your child, and what your preferences are for treatment, says a new study to be published in the October 2013 […]

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FDA approves new device to aid ADD/ADHD diagnosis

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration recently approved a new medical device to help assess ADD/ADHD in children and adolescents ages 6 to 17. The Neuropsychiatric EEG-Based Assessment Aid, or NEBA system, is based on electroencephalogram (EEG) technology. It’s a 15- to 20-minute non-invasive test that calculates the ratio of two standard brain wave frequencies, […]

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ROBIN BLITZ on raising kids with ADHD – “It takes a lot of energy”

As a developmental pediatrician at Phoenix Children’s Hospital, Robin Blitz, MD, takes care of young patients with attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and other disorders. At home, while raising two boys of her own, she’s learned firsthand how to navigate the rough waters of an ADHD diagnosis. Blitz talks about coping skills, management plans and keeping […]

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Late start with ADHD meds linked to lower math scores

Stimulant medications are widely used to improve the core symptoms of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in children, including inattention, hyperactivity and impulsivity. But there is less evidence that the medications improve academic performance over the long term. Researchers studied the prescription drug use and performance on standardized tests of a group of children born over a […]

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