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posted: Monday May 18th - 12:33pm

New Study: Omega-3s Decrease Aggressive Behavior in Children

Researchers find that omega-3 supplements reduce aggression, fighting, lying, anxiety and depression in kids after 12 months of use – promising news for parents.

Posted Monday, May 18th, 2015 Could a daily fish oil supplement help curb some symptoms of ADHD in kids, and improve bad behavior? This question has been on the minds of parents and adults with the condition for years. Previous research found that supplements rich in omega-3 essential fatty acids improved behavior and reading skills. New research adds more evidence; it suggests the supplement can reduce common...
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posted: Monday May 18th - 12:06pm

ADHD Diagnoses in Kids and Teens: 10 Percent and Holding Steady

A new report by the CDC quantifies kids diagnosed with ADHD in the U.S., according to age group, gender, and race.

A new report, released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, finds that 9.5 percent of children and teenagers in the United States have been formally diagnosed with ADHD. That number has remained mostly unchanged since 2007, when diagnoses leveled out after a decades-long increase. Four- and five-year-olds were still the least likely to have been diagnosed with ADHD, with a diagnosis rate of only 3...
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posted: Wednesday May 13th - 3:31pm

Genetics May Determine If ADHD Symptoms Improve or Worsen

A new study finds that genetics, more than treatment, may be the driving force behind ADHD symptoms as a child grows.

Wondering if your child will ever “grow out” of her ADHD? The answer may come down to genes. A new study of twins suggests that symptom improvement is largely based on genetics — perhaps more so than treatment efforts by parent and child. The study, conducted by the University College London, examined nearly 8,400 pairs of ADHD twins born in the United Kingdom between 1994 and...
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posted: Monday May 4th - 2:52pm

17.1 Million U.S. Children Have a Diagnosable Mental Illness: The Vast Majority Are Not Getting Treatment

A new report released by the Child Mind institute indicates that childhood mental health is in more dire straits than previously thought.

The Child Mind Institute released today their first annual Children’s Mental Health Report, finding that 17.1 million children in the United States have a diagnosable mental illness — and the vast majority are not getting treatment. The report, which synthesized recent census data with studies on childhood psychiatric need and care, shows that as many as 80 percent of children with diagnosable anxiety disorders are not getting...
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posted: Wednesday April 29th - 2:27pm

New Study: Autism – Like ADHD – Diagnosed Later in Girls

Research shows that symptoms of autism spectrum disorders (ASD) show up differently in girls, which may mean physicians overlook the condition for longer.

Posted Wednesday, April 29th, 2015 Like ADHD, autism spectrum disorders look different in girls and in boys — and that disparity may be delaying diagnosis for some girls with the condition. This is the finding reported in a new study by the Kennedy Krieger Institute, and presented at the Pediatrics Academic Societies’ Annual Meeting in San Diego. This research suggests that girls’ symptoms are misunderstood, ignored, and/or...
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posted: Tuesday April 28th - 12:51pm

New Study: Children with ADHD At Risk for Eating Disorders

New research finds kids with ADHD are 12 times more likely to binge eat than are children without the condition.

Posted Tuesday April 28th, 2015 ADHD is often linked to unwanted weight gain and loss. Children with ADHD are sometimes underweight because medications suppress appetite. Adults with ADHD struggle with dieting because their chemical wiring increases dopamine-seeking cravings for carbohydrates. A new study conducted by the Johns Hopkins Children’s Center, and published in the International Journal of Eating Disorders sheds more light on the food-ADHD connection. The...
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posted: Wednesday April 22nd - 2:40pm

New Study: Vaccines Don’t Cause Autism

New research finds that the MMR vaccine does not increase the likelihood of developing autism – even for kids at higher risk.

posted Wednesday April 22, 2015 Do childhood vaccinations cause autism spectrum disorder (ASD)? This question has dominated the media and medical conversations across America for the last decade. A new research study answers it definitively: No. The study, published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, shows no correlation between receiving the measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine and being diagnosed with ASD. The study compared the risk of...
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posted: Wednesday April 22nd - 12:14pm

Focused Fidgeting: Children with ADHD Learn and Remember More When Moving

A new study shows that movement helps ADHD children perform better in school.

Most parents raising children with ADHD know that their kids focus best when they’re moving — even if it’s just fidgeting with a small toy under the desk. Teachers and school administrators, however, have long viewed these hyperactive tendencies as disruptive. Now, ADHDers have the science to back up their claims, as a new study shows that ADHD children who are allowed to fidget learn better...
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posted: Wednesday April 8th - 1:43pm

High-Altitude Living Linked to Lower ADHD Rates

Fresh mountain air may have health benefits after all when it comes to attention deficit.

The ultimate cause of ADHD is still up in the air, but researchers might have found a new piece of the puzzle: As altitude goes up, the prevalence of ADHD appears to go down. The study, published in the Journal of Attention Disorders, found a strong and consistent negative correlation between states’ average altitudes and their rate of ADHD. In Utah, for example, where the average altitude...
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posted: Monday April 6th - 3:39pm

Young Parental Age May Increase Risk of Childhood ADHD

Teen parents may face an additional burden: increased risk of ADHD in their offspring.

Children born to teen parents may have an increased risk for ADHD, a new study finds. The study, published in the Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, looked at more than 50,000 individuals born in Finland between 1991 and 2005. Researchers found that having one parent younger than age 20 increased the risk of ADHD by 50 percent — and if both...
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