ADHD medications focus the brain on a task’s benefits

Rather than simply boost ability to pay attention, ADHD medications work by focusing the brain on the rewards completing tasks will bring.

Jill Kimball-Brown • futurity
March 19, 2020 ~8 min

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Neurotransmitter map may lead to new drugs

A new map of a neurotransmitter's structure could pave the way for new drugs for conditions like ADHD, depression, and epilepsy.

Anders Buch-Larsen-Copenhagen • futurity
March 10, 2020 ~5 min

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Traumatic brain injury risk is higher for hyperactive boys

Boys who are inattentive and hyperactive at age 10 are more likely to experience traumatic brain injury in their teenage and adult years, research finds.

McGill University • futurity
Feb. 19, 2020 ~2 min

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Plan can cut unneeded antipsychotic drugs for foster kids

Kids in foster care are more likely to get a prescription for antipsychotic meds to treat behavioral issues, but a new plan could help fix the issue.

Patti Verbanas-Rutgers • futurity
Jan. 21, 2020 ~3 min

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Acetaminophen during pregnancy linked to higher risk of ADHD, autism later

"...parents and providers may want to consider the benefit and potential risk when making a decision on the use of acetaminophen during pregnancy..."

Johns Hopkins University • futurity
Nov. 7, 2019 ~4 min

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Ritalin is unlikely to hurt children’s hearts

People have worried that the ADHD drug methylphenidate would cause heart problems, but new research in monkeys shows that's not the case.

Ellen Goldbaum-Buffalo • futurity
Jan. 3, 2019 ~8 min

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