ADHD

FDA expands approval of non-stimulant ADHD drug to adults

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has expanded its approval of a non-stimulant drug for ADHD, the first in about 20 years, to include adults along with children. Viloxazine, sold commercially as Qelbree in extended-release capsules, has been approved to help treat ADHD in adults 18 and over, its maker, Supernus Pharmaceuticals, announced. Qelbree was …

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After getting FDA clearance for video game therapeutic, Akili faces next level: insurance coverage

Akili Interactive, a digital health company that got FDA clearance last year for its video game as treatment for ADHD, recently brought in $160 million in funding. It plans to use the funds to ramp up coverage of its flagship treatment and to develop digital treatments for other cognitive conditions. 

Akili raises $110m to build its digital therapeutics pipeline

Digital health player Akili has raised $110 million fourth-round funding, backed by a number of pharma groups, as it works towards extending its product range beyond its flagship EndeavorRx app. EndeavorRx became the first and so far only approved prescription video game treatment in the US when it was cleared by the FDA last year …

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Viloxazine (Qelbree) for ADHD

Date:  June 28, 2021 Issue #:  1627 Summary:  The FDA has approved viloxazine extended-release capsules (Qelbree – Supernus) for treatment of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in children 6-17 years old. Viloxazine is the second selective norepinephrine reuptake inhibitor to be approved in the US for treatment of ADHD; atomoxetine (Strattera, and generics) was approved in 2002.

Akili’s gaming therapy improves attention in ADHD kids

Akili has published data backing the efficacy of its childhood attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) video game therapy EndeavorRx in the peer-review journal Nature Digital Medicine.  The results come from the STARS-Adjunct trial, an open-label study of EndeavorRx (AKL-T01) that supported approval of the app and video game combination in the US and Europe last year. …

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Fever Benefits for Autism in a Food

Dramatic improvements in children with autism when they have a fever suggest that the disorder may be reversible if one can replicate the phenomenon in other ways. Autism currently affects about 1 in 68 kids in the United States, yet we don’t even have drugs to treat the core symptoms, never mind the underlying disorder itself. …

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Akili presents new real-world data from therapeutic ADHD video game

Akili has new data from its childhood hyperactivity therapeutic video game EndeavorRx, as the company builds a case for the technology with longer-term trial data. The company announced several new data readouts, including outcomes data from the STARS-Adjunct trial, a multi-site open-label study testing EndeavorRx on impairments in daily life in children with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder …

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Retired NFL Linebacker Overcomes ADHD, Invests in Mental Health Platform Done

October is ADHD Awareness Month, and retired NFL linebacker J.T. Thomas wants people to know that it is okay to get help for the treatment of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). As a person with ADHD, J.T. Thomas knows how important getting help is, and why overcoming obstacles such as stigma, access to care and …

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Retired NFL Linebacker Overcomes ADHD, Invests in Mental Health Platform Done

October is ADHD Awareness Month, and retired NFL linebacker J.T. Thomas wants people to know that it is okay to get help for the treatment of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). As a person with ADHD, J.T. Thomas knows how important getting help is, and why overcoming obstacles such as stigma, access to care and …

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Eating to Block Lead Absorption

Intake of certain nutrients has been associated with lower lead levels in the body. For example, women with higher intake of thiamine, also called vitamin B1, tended to have lower blood lead levels, and the same was found for lead-exposed steel workers—and not just with thiamine, as “content of dietary fiber, iron, or thiamine intake …

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Adult Exposure to Lead

“Children in approximately 4 million households in the United States are being exposed to high levels of lead.” As I discuss in my video The Effects of Low-Level Lead Exposure in Adults, “Despite the dramatic decline in children’s blood-lead concentrations over the decades, lead toxicity remains a major public health problem”—and not just for children. …

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Recognising The Warning Signs Of ADHD

The Attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a complex neurodevelopmental disorder that affects children and teens. ADHD is mostly recognised during the early school years and can also continue into adulthood. ADHD includes symptoms such as inattentiveness, hyperactivity, and impulsiveness. Often referred to as attention deficit disorder (ADD), ADHD is one of the most commonly diagnosed …

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