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2010-01-28 13:09:42

ADHD, or attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, is among the costliest of behavioral disorders. Its combination of inattention, impulsivity and hyperactivity leads to accidental injuries, school failure, substance abuse, antisocial behavior and more. Yet despite nearly a century of study, the disorder's roots remain mysterious. Much of modern ADHD research has focused on heritability of the condition, and indeed evidence suggests that genes may account for as much as 70 percent of...

2009-11-30 15:56:24

Canada-France study published in Pediatrics journal Hyperactive boys don't get enough sleep, which can worsen their condition according to new research. Published in the November issue of Pediatrics, the study is the first to examine a large sample of children and to study the link between lack of sleep and hyperactivity. As part of the investigation, 2057 mothers answered yearly questionnaires concerning sleep duration and hyperactivity of their children. Data was collected until kids...

2009-10-28 13:59:42

It has long been suggested that healthy folate (the natural form of folic acid) levels in expectant mothers goes hand in hand with healthy nervous system development in their children. A study published in an upcoming issue of The Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry finds that low maternal folate levels is linked to the development of attention-deficit/hyperactivity problems in children at age seven to nine years. Researcher Dr. Wolff Schlotz points out, "Our findings further support...

2009-06-09 21:01:06

Children between ages 4-5, who did not nap were more hyperactive and anxious than children who napped, U.S. researchers said. The study, presented at Sleep, the annual meeting of the Associated Professional Sleep Societies in Seattle, found children who did not take daytime naps had higher levels of hyperactivity, anxiety and depression than children the same age who napped. The researchers suggest napping may have a significant influence on young children's daytime functioning and should...

2009-05-28 11:15:43

A Canadian researcher working in the U.K. says doctors, authors and educators are doing hyperactive children a disservice by claiming that hyperactivity as we understand it today has always existed.Matthew Smith says not only is that notion wrong, it misleads patients, their parents and their physicians. Smith, who is from Edmonton, is finishing up his PhD at the Centre for Medical History at the University of Exeter.Hyperactivity disorder, or ADHD, is currently the most commonly diagnosed...

2009-05-27 22:07:42

Attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder is a modern construct that before 1957 was not considered a disorder or worth treating, a Canadian researcher said. Matthew Smith of Edmonton, finishing his doctorate at the Centre for Medical History at the University of Exeter in England, says ADHD is currently the most commonly diagnosed childhood psychiatric disorder and millions of children are prescribed drugs such as Ritalin. Smith says many today assert that ADHD is a universal phenomenon and...

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2009-05-03 08:13:37

A study in the May 1 issue of the journal SLEEP shows that adolescents with a childhood diagnosis of Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) are more likely to have current and lifetime sleep problems and disorders, regardless of the severity of current ADHD symptoms. Authors suggest that findings indicate that mental health professionals should screen for sleep problems and psychiatric comorbidities among all adolescents with a childhood diagnosis of ADHD. Results indicate that...

2009-04-28 08:09:23

A recent Finnish study suggests that children's short sleep duration even without sleeping difficulties increases the risk for behavioral symptoms of ADHD. During the recent decades, sleep duration has decreased in many countries; in the United States a third of children are estimated to suffer from inadequate sleep. It has been hypothesized that sleep deprivation may manifest in children as behavioral symptoms rather than as tiredness, but only few studies have investigated this hypothesis....

2009-03-03 12:07:26

Canadian researchers have linked sleep to attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder. The study, published in the journal Sleep, found average total sleep time was 33 minutes shorter in ADHD children than in controls. Average rapid eye movement sleep time was also reduced in children with ADHD by 16 minutes. I do not believe that sleep per se is the cause of ADHD but it may make the symptoms worse in children with sleep problems, lead author Reut Gruber of the Douglas Mental Health University...

2009-02-17 21:26:55

Raising a child with a disability causes more daily stress and long-range health problems than parenting a child without disabilities, U.S. researchers say. Stress and health ills were greater among parents of disabled children, U.S. researchers found. The study, published in the Journal of Health and Social Behavior, found parents who had children with disabilities -- that included attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder and bipolar disorder -- reported having at least one stressor on 50...


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  • A fudgelike confection of brown sugar, cream or milk, and chopped nuts.
'Penuche' is a variant of 'panocha,' a coarse grade of sugar made in Mexico. 'Panocha' probably comes from the Spanish 'panoja, panocha,' ear of grain.
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