Genetics linked to childhood emotional, social and psychiatric problems
April 16, 2020
Emotional, social and psychiatric problems in children and adolescents have been linked to higher levels of genetic vulnerability for adult depression.
University of Queensland scientists made the finding while analysing the genetic data of more than 42,000 children and adolescents fr...
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Learning difficulties due to poor connectivity, not specific brain regions
February 27, 2020
Different learning difficulties do not correspond to specific regions of the brain, as previously thought, say researchers at the University of Cambridge. Instead poor connectivity between 'hubs' within the brain is much more strongly related to children's difficulties.
Between 14-30%...
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ADHD, Other Developmental Disabilities More Common in Rural Areas
February 25, 2020

Children in rural areas are more likely to have developmental disabilities and are less likely to receive special education or early intervention services than children living in urban areas, according to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prev...
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Vitamin D deficiency during pregnancy connected to elevated risk of ADHD
February 10, 2020
"Alongside genotype, prenatal factors such as vitamin D deficiency during pregnancy, can influence the development of ADHD" says MD Minna Sucksdorff from the University of Turku, Finland.
The study is the first population-level research to demonstrate an association between low matern...
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Kids diagnosed with ADHD often don't take medication regularly
February 3, 2020
Children diagnosed with ADHD inconsistently take their prescribed medication, going without treatment 40 per cent of the time, a new study has found.
The research, led by the Murdoch Children's Research Institute (MCRI) and published in , shows the average medication coverage, the tot...
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Rich rewards: Scientists reveal ADHD medication's effect on the brain
January 17, 2020
Attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a neurobiological disorder characterized by symptoms of hyperactivity, inattention and impulsivity. People with the condition are often prescribed a stimulant drug called methylphenidate, which treats these symptoms. However, scientists do not fu...
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Severe childhood deprivation has longstanding impacts on brain size in adulthood
January 6, 2020
Researchers from King's College London have shown that the brains of young adult Romanian adoptees who were institutionalised as children are around 8.6% smaller than the brains of English adoptees who have not suffered this form of deprivation.
According to the research, the longer t...
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Artificial intelligence boosts MRI detection of ADHD
December 11, 2019
Deep learning, a type of artificial intelligence, can boost the power of MRI in predicting attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), according to a study published in . Researchers said the approach could also have applications for other neurological conditions.
The human brain...
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Autism and ADHD share genes
November 26, 2019
Researchers from the national psychiatric project iPSYCH have found that autism and ADHD share changes in the same genes. The new knowledge relates directly to the biological causes of the two child psychiatric disorders.
In Denmark, approximately one per cent of schoolchildren have a...
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Cycles of reward: New insight into ADHD treatment
October 30, 2019
Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is a widespread condition with complex underlying causes. A stimulant drug called methylphenidate is a common ADHD treatment that impacts the brain's levels of dopamine, a neurotransmitter involved in systems of reward; however, methylphenidate has ...
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