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Ambidextrous children more likely to have ADHD symptoms?

By |2016-10-05T06:46:12-04:00February 2nd, 2010|Categories: ADHD, Books, Medication, Research|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

A study found that ambidextrous children (those that are both left- and right-handed) are more likely to develop ADHD symptoms later in life, compared to their left-handed and right-handed peers. The article states: Mixed-handed children, relative to right-handed, had approximately a twofold increase in odds of having difficulties with language and scholastic performance at the age [...]

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Stimulant medication may improve driving in ADHD young adults

By |2016-10-05T06:46:12-04:00January 7th, 2009|Categories: ADHD, Medication, Research|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

Young adults taking stimulant medication had significantly improved driving performance on a simulator compared to the placebo group. Also, it was found that there was no significant differences in driving performances between atomoxetine (Strattera, a non-stimulant) and placebo. ADHD rating scale scores were decreased by at least 30 percent in 80% of the group that took [...]

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Pilots and Psychiatric Medications

By |2016-11-20T07:53:50-05:00January 2nd, 2009|Categories: ADHD, Depression/Anxiety, Medication|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

I never realized that the Federal Aviation Administration could decline someone from becoming certified if they took certain psychiatric medications - even antidepressants and/or medications for ADHD, or if they had a psychiatric diagnosis such as depression or ADHD. If you have or have had a psychiatric diagnosis or are taking medication, you are required to [...]

Rate of ADHD higher in asthmatic children

By |2016-10-05T06:46:12-04:00December 18th, 2008|Categories: ADHD, Asthma, Medication, Research|Tags: , , , , |

In a study by Yuksel, et al. (2008), children with moderate asthma had significantly higher scores than non-asthmatic children on the Conners' Parent Rating Scale-48 (CPRS), an ADHD rating scale.  A study by Blackman & Gurka (2007) also found that children with asthma had a higher rate of ADHD.  As severity of asthma symptoms increased, so did the [...]

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Study chows children with ADHD have more difficulties with handwriting

By |2017-01-10T08:46:47-05:00December 16th, 2008|Categories: ADHD, Medication, School|Tags: , , , |

In a study by Rosenblum, et al. (2008), children with ADHD had poorer handwriting than non-ADHD children.   Additionally, when children with ADHD were off of their medication, they took an even longer time to copy a paragraph as compared to when they were on medication. Many parents will not be surprised at these study results. (That was my [...]

New study on the effectiveness of St. John’s Wort

By |2016-10-05T06:46:13-04:00October 9th, 2008|Categories: Depression/Anxiety, Medication, Research|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

Across 29 studies, St. John's Wort was found to be more effective than placebo and just as effective as Prozac in treating mild to moderate depression. However, it should be noted that the researchers stated that some of the smaller German studies may have had "over-optimistic results". Keep in mind that in some countries, like Germany, [...]

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And this is exactly why children need to be vaccinated.

By |2016-10-05T06:46:13-04:00August 21st, 2008|Categories: Autism, Medication|Tags: , , , , |

Measles cases in the U.S. are at the highest level in more than a decade, with nearly half those cases resulting from parents who rejected vaccinations.  Wall Street Journal story The U.S. typically sees only one outbreak of measles every year, affecting 10 to 20 people. In the past seven months, there have been seven outbreaks. [...]

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Study finds that stimulant meds improve ADHD sleep

By |2016-10-05T06:46:13-04:00June 30th, 2008|Categories: ADHD, Medication, Research|Tags: , , , |

Stimulant medication reduced sleep latency (the amount of time between going to bed and falling asleep), and reduced the amount of times people awoke in the middle of the night.  Study participants also reported improvement with their sleep pattern.  They felt they were more refreshed upon awakening.  Study subjects took methylphenidate twice a day. It could [...]

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Article on Secretin clinical trial for Autism

By |2016-10-05T06:46:13-04:00June 27th, 2008|Categories: Autism, Medication, Research|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

In 2003, we were a site that participated in conducting a clinical trial for Secretin. The purpose of the study was to determine safety and efficacy of Secretin versus placebo in the treatment of Autism symptoms.  Unfortunately, the study results found that there was no difference in symptom change between children on Secretin and those on placebo.   Here's an article on [...]

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