ADHD Symptoms in Teens Linked to Intensive Social Media Use

A new study, published in the medical journal JAMA, finds that the more teenagers involved in social media, the higher their risk is to develop the symptoms of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). These symptoms may include inattention, hyperactivity, restlessness or impulsivity that is more severe, frequent or debilitating compared to normal.ADHD symptoms linked to social media

In the study, 2,587 students from 10 high schools across Los Angeles County, USA, were included. The participants’ age was from 15 to 16 years. Nobody of them had significant symptoms of ADHD at the beginning of the study. They participated in the study for over 2 years.

The analysis of the received data showed that averagely 9.5% of the participants who were engaged in seven high-frequency digital media activities reported symptoms of ADHD; 10.5% of those who reported engaging in all 14 high-frequency digital media activities reported ADHD symptoms.

Stress in Pregnant Women Can Cause ADHD in Their Children Later

Stressed pregnant women release a hormone, called cortisol, causing their unborn children to develop attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and heart disease later, according to a Swiss research.pregnant women

In the study, 34 healthy pregnant women took part. The researchers conducted amniotic fluid tests. The researchers compared the cortisol level in the mother’s saliva with the CRH level in the amniotic fluid and found there was no increased risk of harm to the baby. Nevertheless, the scientists assessed the mothers’ long-term stress levels and found a connection between feeling stressed and raised CRH levels in amniotic fluid.

Researcher Pearl La Marca-Ghaemmaghami of the University of Zurich says: “The corticotropin-releasing hormone CRH obviously plays a complex and dynamic role in the development of the human fetus, which needs to be better understood.”

Mediterranean Diet Associated with the Lower Risk of ADHD

A new study, published in the journal Pediatrics, finds one more advantage of the Mediterranean diet. Researchers associate this diet with lower risk of the attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).Mediterranean diet lowers the risk of ADHD

A team of scientists, led by María Izquierdo Pulido, Professor at the Faculty of Pharmacy and Food Sciences of the University of Barcelona, and José Ángel Alda, Head of the Area of Psychiatry at Sant Joan de Deu Hospital (Barcelona) studied 120 of children and adolescents for this study, among which 60 were diagnosed with ADHD, and other 60 were controls.

María Izquierdo Pulido says that this new research doesn’t establish a cause-effect relation between dietary patterns and ADHD, but it can help determining specific dietary strategies to improve the quality of life for both the affected patients and their families.