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FDA Approves Brainwave Device For Diagnosing ADHD

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Posted in Science on 17th Jul, 2013 05:14 PM by AlexMuller

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved a brainwave-measuring device to help diagnose kids with ADHD, a first for the disorder.


The device detects two different types of brainwaves, theta and beta, and how frequently they occur. Kids with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder have more theta than beta brainwaves, compared to kids without ADHD.


The FDA approved the device, called the Neuropsychiatric Electroencephalogram-Based Assessment Aid or NEBA, for use with a full medical exam. In a statement, the director of the agency's Office of Device Evaluation, Christy Foreman, emphasized that the device has to work with other clinical measures.


To get their FDA approval, NEBA's creators performed a study with 275 kids with attention problems. The study, which the FDA didn't make public, found that adding a 20-minute NEBA test to standard diagnostic procedures helped doctors diagnose ADHD more accurately.


ADHD is one of the most common childhood disorders in the U.S., according to the FDA. Nine percent of adolescents have it. On average, kids are first diagnosed at age 7.


One clinical psychologist the New York Times talked with worried the test would make diagnoses more expensive, without making them much more accurate. Without the FDA's study data, it's difficult to know exactly how much better a NEBA-aided diagnosis is compared with a standard diagnosis.


Before NEBA's approval, doctors generally used brainwave measures to diagnose seizures, head injuries and tumors.



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Comments

Author: Guest
Posted: 2013-07-18
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My wife and I had 10 kids and we never put any of them on medication. We lived on a farm and they were all healthy. They ate right, were taught manners and at night they played checkers, hide and seek and caught fireflies. So I am not a big believer in putting kids on medications. If they actually have a problem that is one thing but if not they need to get them dang sorry parents. Reply
Author: Guest
Posted: 2013-10-26
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5ODfp6 Say, you got a nice blog article.Thanks Again. Great. Reply
Author: Guest
Posted: 2014-04-19
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mhHidV I cannot thank you enough for the article post. Will read on... Reply


 

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