ADHD causes, general articles and research

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The amount of artificial food colours in our foods has increased by 500% of the last 50 years; synthetic food colors can bind with body proteins and have significant immunological consequences; the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recently found a 41% increase in diagnoses of ADHD in boys of high-school age during the past decade. Is there a link? Professor Aristo Vojdani. 2015

Child Health Safety – a large site tracking the 'cover ups', flawed government policies, pharmaceutical company influence and legal sagas relating not only to autism and the MMR vaccine but to autism and other conditions related to vaccines and other drugs. While the information appears well documented, the site does not declare who runs it. September 2014

How Conventional Medicine Targets and Fails Young Children. Dr Sherry Rogers outlines some nutritional approaches to ADHD as alternatives to drugs. Courtesy of Latitudes. May 2014

Taking Acetaminophen (Tylenol) when pregnant linked to he development of ADHD in the child. March 2014

Food allergy and hyperactivity: interesting comparison of the similar histories of the two conditions over the 20th century. September 2012

Italian courts rule that nine-year-old Valentino Bocca's autism was provoked by the MMR vaccine administered at nine months. June 2012

Histamine, genetics and ADHD. A new study, explores a possible mechanism behind the link between artificial food additives and ADHD symptoms. September 2010

Gluten sensitivity a cause of ADHD. 2009

ADHD – diagnosis, nature and treatment: examining the complicated nature of ADHD that makes it difficult to diagnose, and possible treatments. 2007

Hyperactive Adults: Symptoms and clarification of disorder from sufferer, including positive characteristics. By Maria Pike and Professor Loretta Giorcelli. 2005

Research Reports

Allergic diseases in children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder: a systematic review and meta-analysis. March 2017
This systematic review of research into ADHD and allergies, finds evidence that allergic diseases are significantly more common in children with ADHD than in children without ADHD. Full text available.

Allergy and immune disorders can result from mutations in gene involved in sugar metabolism. March 2014

Simultaneous exposure to lead and electromagnetic radiation from mobile phones appears to increase the risk of ADHD. March 2013

Symptoms 63% of children diagnosed with ADHD improved significantly on an elimination diet and relapsed once off the diet. February 2011

Significant association found between ADHD, tic disorder and allergy. November 2012

Men diagnosed with ADHD as children have worse outcomes as adults. October 2012

Low-level prenatal mercury exposure may be associated with a greater risk of ADHD-related behaviours while fish consumption during pregnancy may be associated with a lower risk of these behaviours, despite any concerns over mercury residues in fish. October 2012

Study suggests that girls with ADHD are significantly more likely to attempt suicide or injure themselves as young adults than girls who do not have ADHD. August 2012

Experts say ADHD is over-diagnosed. March 2012

Infants exposed to anaesthesia many times are more at risk of developing ADHD. February 2012

Experts want suicide risk warning on ADHD drug. January 2012

Genes found that link ADHD and ASD and other neuropsychiatric disorders. August 2011

Second hand smoke tied to children’s behaviour. July 2011

Sleep loss in early childhood may contribute to the development of ADHD symptoms. June 2011

Prenatal exposure to certain pollutants linked to behavioural problems in young children. April 2011

US FDA asked to ban artificial food dyes that make children hyperactive. March 2011

ADHD more common in offspring of mothers with genetic serotonin deficiencies. October 2010

Children with ADHD at increased risk for depression and suicidal thoughts as adolescents. October 2010

ADHD and the genes. September 2010

Twenty percent of ADHD children may have been misdiagnosed because of their age. June 2010

Organophosphates linked to ADHD. August 2010

Poor sleep patterns linked with greater hyperactivity in boys. 2009

ADHD drugs linked to sudden death. September 2009

Ritalin may change brain the same way cocaine does. March 2009

ADHD medication causes hallucinations. March 2009

ADHD and problem school. February 2009

ADHD and problem school. January 2009

More school training for ADHD. November 2008

Unusual use of toys in infancy can be a clue to later autism. November 2008

ADHD appears to increase the level of nicotine dependence in smokers. November 2008

ADHD appears to affect movement in boys more than girls. November 2008

Big pharma ties want to shut down vaccine 'conspiracy theories'. October 2008

European project to study relationship between ADHD and substance abuse. October 2008

National survey reveals impact of ADHD in adults. October 2008

Advice about heart tests before ADHD treatment. October 2008

ADHD children may find eye contact difficult. January 2008

Bottled water; concern over additives. October 2007

Food additives and brain damage. June 2006

Underdiagnosed in girls. February 2007

Addressing salicylate interolance. October 2007

Prenatal phthalate exposure associated with ADHD disorders. January 2010

Ambidextrous children more likely to have language or scholastic problems and ADHD. February 2010

Lead a significant factor in the development of ADHD. February 2010

Researchers at UC Davis Center for Mind and Brain and M.I.N.D. Institute have found that two brain areas fail to connect when children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) attempt a task that measures attention. January 2010

Lead and tobacco exposure linked to ADHD. November 2009

Phthalates linked to ADHD symptoms. November 2009

ADHD patients lack key proteins which allow them to experience a sense of reward and motivation. September 2009

Autism and Neuroinflammation - a compendium of research reports, 1993–2008

Large deformation diffeomorphic mapping reveals brain abnormalities that may play key role in ADHD. November 2008

European project to study relationship between ADHD and substance abuse. October 2008

Breathing for ADHD. February 2008

Vaccination, autism and ADHD. 2007

Brain dysfunction found. 2007

Research reveals that with ADHD the brain matures in a normal pattern but is delayed three years in some regions. December 2007

ADHD children may find eye contact difficult. January 2008

Watching television more than two hours a day early in life can lead to attention problems later in adolescence. October 2007

Bottled water; concern over additives. October 2007

UK FSA issues revised advice on certain artificial colours. September 2007

Diagnosis complications. 2007

Food additives and brain damage. June 2006

Sleep related breathing problems and behaviour. August 2006

Iron for attention? April 2006


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