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posted: Wednesday November 30th - 4:52pm

An Inactive Lifestyle May Hurt Boys’ Academic Progress

Lack of exercise may affect reading and math skills in young boys.

November 30, 2016 “Couch potato syndrome” — also known as a sedentary lifestyle — may have a negative effect on more than just a child’s physical health. According to a new study, published this month in the Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport, a sedentary lifestyle might actually impair academic performance, too — at least in boys. The study, conducted at the University of Eastern Finland,...
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posted: Wednesday November 23rd - 12:37pm

Sleep Interventions May Improve ADHD Symptoms in Children

A small study found that children who undergo doctor-guided “sleep hygiene” interventions not only sleep better; they also show a decrease in ADHD symptoms like hyperactivity.

November 23, 2016 A good night’s sleep improves any child’s mood, social interactions, and overall health, but parents cannot always implement and maintain better sleep habits on their own. Now, a new study suggests that frustrated families should seek help from their doctors. More specifically, the research shows that a sleep hygiene routine, implemented and overseen by a primary care provider, improves ADHD symptoms and promotes overall...
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posted: Tuesday November 22nd - 11:51am

A Mom’s Ability to Work Affected by Her Child’s ADHD

An ADHD diagnosis affects a mother’s workforce participation, making it critical that ADHD treatment addresses this long-term economic effect.

November 22, 2016 Mothers whose children have been diagnosed with ADHD may be significantly more likely to be out of the workforce by the time their child hits the tween years, according to a longitudinal Australian study, which highlights the challenges of balancing a career with ADHD-related caregiving. The study, published November 19 in the Journal of Attention Disorders, used data from Growing Up in Australia: The Longitudinal...
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posted: Wednesday November 9th - 12:34pm

Genes (Not Parenting Or Environment) Are Likely Cause of ADHD

Genetic patterns found in more than 20 percent of subjects with ADHD point toward a genetic cause for the disorder — and may open up pathways for new treatment strategies, researchers say.

November 9, 2016 Genetic mutations on specific genes — known as glutamate receptor metabotropic (GRM) network genes — may play an important role in ADHD diagnoses, a new study finds. The study examined more than 1,000 children from across the United States; all were between the ages of 6 and 17, and all had documented ADHD diagnoses or symptoms. The children underwent genotyping using saliva samples. This...
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posted: Thursday November 3rd - 11:18am

Heads Up: Concussion Symptoms Are More Prevalent in Teens with ADHD

High school athletes with ADHD may show more concussion-related symptoms than those without the disorder.

November 3, 2016 Teens with ADHD may be more likely than their peers to show concussion symptoms, according to a new study — even if they didn’t report having a recent concussion. The study, which was presented at the 2016 Annual Assembly of the American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (AAPMR), looked at 37,510 high school athletes from Maine who were about to begin their respective seasons...
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posted: Friday October 28th - 3:05pm

A Brain Changer for ADHDers? Neurofeedback’s Effect on Brain Waves

A double-blind, randomized, placebo-controlled study showed solid evidence that neurofeedback leads to measurable changes in the brain, which may be good news for those diagnosed with ADHD.

October 28, 2016 Neurofeedback has long been touted as a non-medical, non-invasive treatment for ADHD, but many experts remain skeptical. Unlike medication, neurofeedback hasn’t been tested in many well-designed, double-blind studies, which makes it hard to tell if positive results are based on the treatment itself or on other confounding factors like the placebo effect. Now, however, a new study with a randomized, placebo-controlled design showed that...
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posted: Wednesday October 26th - 4:36pm

Treating Mothers’ Depression May Help Children Manage Their Own

When both mother and child suffer from depression, treating the mother’s symptoms may do more than help the mother.

October 26, 2016 Like most mental disorders, depression is highly genetic; experts estimate that about 40 percent of people with depression can trace it to a genetic link. That link is often between parent and child, and living with a depressed parent can trigger depression in a child who is predisposed. The good news? According to two related studies, helping depressed parents (specifically, depressed mothers) manage their...
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posted: Tuesday October 25th - 3:20pm

Parents and Doctors Beware: The Hidden Dangers of Chronic Tic Disorders

Research suggests that a child diagnosed with tics or Tourette Syndrome is more likely to entertain suicidal thoughts or act out suicidal behaviors.

October 25, 2016 Children with chronic tic disorders like Tourette Syndrome may be more prone to suicidal thoughts or behaviors than their peers, a new study finds — and the risk goes up as the tics become more severe or if the child is prone to attacks of rage. The study, which was presented at the 63rd Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry,...
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posted: Tuesday October 11th - 3:45pm

Brain Scans May Predict Efficacy of Antidepressants

In a recent study, Stanford researchers used patients’ personal history and fMRI scans to predict with 80% accuracy whether an individual with depression would respond positively to antidepressant medication.

October 11, 2016 Medication combined with psychotherapy is the most effective treatment for severe depression, but antidepressants work slowly and somewhat inconsistently. Most people see no benefit for the first 10 to 14 days, and wait a full 8 to 10 weeks before experiencing an antidepressant’s full benefits. Finding the right prescription to control symptoms is often a long, frustrating guessing game for a condition that is...
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posted: Friday October 7th - 12:10am

Brain Training Games’ Efficacy Claims Called Into Question

Do brain training programs actually work to improve memory and cognition? The scientific community is split — but a recent meta-analysis seems to indicate that brain-game makers have not adequately demonstrated the truth behind their claims of success.

October 7, 2016 Brain-training programs like Lumosity and LearningRx have long promised improved memory, faster processing speed, and more vigorous problem solving skills — all through the power of computer-based cognitive games. But a recent meta-analysis of the effectiveness of these so-called “brain games” calls the game makers’ claims into question — finding that their validating studies were too small, poorly designed, or entirely misleading. In the study,...
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