-- Scott Roberts
TUESDAY, July 16 (HealthDay News) -- The first medical device
designed to help medical professionals diagnose attention
deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in children and teens has
been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
The Neuropsychiatric EEG-Based Assessment Aid (NEBA) records and
analyzes electric impulses produced by the brain's nerve cells, the
agency said in a news release. The non-invasive device, which takes
about 20 minutes to produce complete results, measures brain wave
frequencies called theta and beta waves. The theta/beta ratio has
been shown to be higher in young people with ADHD, the FDA
Citing the American Psychiatric Association, the FDA said about
9 percent of U.S. adolescents have ADHD, and the average age of
diagnosis is 7 years. Children with ADHD typically have behavior
problems, trouble paying attention and hyperactivity.
Device maker NEBA Health submitted data from a clinical study of
275 children and adolescents, ranging in age from 6 to 17. The
study found that the new device helped professionals better
diagnose children with ADHD when combined with a psychological
assessment, compared to a psychological assessment alone.
NEBA is based in Augusta, Ga.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has more
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