Medications aren't affecting brain size in children with ADHD

Although children with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) have slightly smaller brains than children without the disorder, medications used to treat ADHD aren't causing this apparent difference in brain size and do not appear to be affecting normal brain development, according to the largest brain imaging study yet conducted on children with the disorder.

The new study confirms previous findings showing that the brains of children with ADHD tend to be smaller than the brains of children without the disorder, and it reveals for the first time that stimulant medications, such as Ritalin, aren't affecting brain size, says F. Xavier Castellanos, M.D., the Brooke and Daniel Neidich Professor of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Professor of Radiology at New York University School of Medicine, who led the new study.

"Our study should provide a certain amount of reassurance that medications aren't reducing brain size in children with ADHD," says Dr. Castellanos, who is also Director of the new Institute for Pediatric Neuroscience at the NYU Child Study Center at NYU School of Medicine. "Parents shouldn't be so concerned about the slight difference in brain volume among children with ADHD anyway, since this measurement doesn't have much meaning, " he says.

The study also shows that children with ADHD undergo normal brain development, although the data aren't considered definitive. Brain development appeared normal and healthy among all the children who were studied over the 10-year period of the study.

The study is published in the Oct. 9 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association.

The researchers used MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) to study brain volume, comparing children with ADHD and those without the disorder. All the children had follow-up scans over a 10-year period. The study, which was conducted at the National Institute of Mental Health, a branch of the Nation

Contact: Catherin Collier
New York University Medical Center and School of Medicine

Page: 1 2 3

Related medicine news :

1. Newest Depression Medications Widely Prescribed For Children
2. Improved Medications Can Nip Allergy Season In The Bud
3. Rat Studies At Yale University School Of Medicine Suggest A New Class Of Medications For Treating Schizophrenia
4. Remembering Your Medications: Older Are Wiser
5. Poor Heart Disease Patients Pay More For Medications, Get Less Preventative Care
6. Combined Therapy Improved Care Of Patients With Type 2 Diabetes Proper Use Of New Oral Medications Evaluated
7. Most Comprehensive Study Of Its Kind Shows Common Asthma Medications Dont Cause Behavioral Problems In Children, According To The Journal Pediatrics
8. Substance from Grapefruit Juice May Make Medications Safer
9. Jefferson neuroscientists find evidence of lead exposure affecting recovery from brain injury
10. Poor kids health insurance situation changes often, affecting their medical care, study finds
11. Mayo Clinic discovers cause of a frequently fatal myasthenic syndrome affecting children

Post Your Comments:

(Date:8/31/2020)... ... 31, 2020 , ... Just found out your dear friend has cancer? , It’s hard to ... family member shares their diagnosis. Once the shock wears off, the questions and fears can ... are the best ways to help? Words are failing me. I’m scared. I want to ...
(Date:8/31/2020)... , ... August 31, 2020 , ... ... business management solution for chiropractors, announced today the launch of its integrated, HIPAA ... can start running their virtual practice in under 90 seconds. , According ...
(Date:8/31/2020)... ... , ... The pandemic and topsy-turvy economic outlook continues to put financial strain on many of ... trim the fat from our monthly expenses and put more into savings, if possible. , ... have a financial safety net in place in case something were to happen to you,” ...
(Date:8/31/2020)... Calif. (PRWEB) , ... August 31, 2020 , ... ... leadership experience working, both directly with persons with autism and other developmental disabilities, ... expertise includes early intervention, parent education, adolescents with autism, school consultation, and staff ...
(Date:8/28/2020)... ... August 28, 2020 , ... ... Craig Mandeville was named an Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2020 Florida Award finalist. ... business leaders whose ambitions deliver innovation, growth and prosperity as they build and ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:8/27/2020)... FLINT, Mich. (PRWEB) , ... August 27, 2020 , ... The flu season is right ... need to get well equipped with all the necessary measures before it begins to harbor ... is also increasing, and it is leaving a huge impact on our lives. Hence it ...
(Date:8/27/2020)... ... August 27, 2020 , ... The GHT Companies ... its fundraising initiative for Feeding San Diego with a press conference at ... Companies presents the final check of $5,000.00+ representing an overall donation result exceeding $30,000 ...
(Date:8/26/2020)... ... August 26, 2020 , ... Unscrupulous sellers ... kill Coronavirus. While air purification technologies, including GreenTech Environmental’s proprietary methods, have been ... no air purification system has published results of singular and scientific testing against ...
Breaking Medicine Technology:
Cached News: