Danish researchers make ADHD breakthrough

The Local in Denmark reports: Danish researchers think they may have made a breakthrough discovery about the causes of ADHD. A study carried out on mice by researchers at Aarhus University concluded that... 

Brain imaging shows brain differences in risk-taking teens

By: The Center for BrainHealth Thursday, August 14, 2014 According to the CDC, unintentional injuries are the leading cause of death for adolescents. Compared to the two leading causes of death for all... 

Researchers link exercise and self-control in ADHD

Stacy Hsu reports that new research again suggests that exercise can be beneficial for children with ADHD. In this case, exercise was linked to improved impulse control: … “As exercise has been... 

Does psychostimulant use increase cardiovascular risk in children with ADHD?

Psychostimulant use to treat children and adolescents with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is increasing worldwide, and the evaluation of the cardiovascular safety of stimulant medication... 

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Why Tourette’s May Be Tim Howard’s Secret Weapon on the Field

Everyone’s been e-mailing me to ask if I know about the extraordinary goal keeper, Tim Howard. Well, yes, I know – I included Tim in my inspiration page of famous people with TS or OCD over... 

U.S. Departments of Education and Justice Release School Discipline Guidance Package to Enhance School Climate and Improve School Discipline Policies/Practices

A very exciting press release issued January 8 by the U.S. Department of Education: The U.S. Department of Education (ED), in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), today released a school... 

The Selling of Attention Deficit Disorder

I recently noted new research on the increasing rates of diagnosed ADHD.  Now there’s this article by Alan Schwarz in the New York Times: After more than 50 years leading the fight to legitimize... 

The 2014 Tourette Syndrome Conference in Atlanta, Georgia

The 2014 Tourette Syndrome Conference organized by the Brad Cohen Tourette Foundation will be held in Atlanta, Georgia on February 8, 2014 The theme is “Breaking Down the Barriers” and educating teachers,... 

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Tips for preventing meltdowns (theirs and yours) during the holiday season

I hadn’t really thought about writing a Tips post for surviving the holiday season. Then I saw a column in the Toronto Star that offered tips that generally will not work for our kids, so I decided maybe I should post something after all.  But before I do, let me point out what triggered this response: “Tantrums are about power struggles and attention,” said Natalia McPhedran, an Ottawa-based... [Read more of this news story]

Another Restless Night or Something More?: Five Signs of Sleep Disorders in School-Age Children with Special Needs

From the Kennedy Krieger Institute: While sleep disturbances are common in all children at some point during childhood, the National Association of School Psychologists estimates that as many as 30 percent of children have restless nights serious enough to be diagnosed with a sleep disorder. For children with special needs, the likelihood of sleep disorders is even higher, due to factors such as... [Read more of this news story]

School re-opens soon – is your child ready?

This is a re-post of links to back-to-school tips published previously on this blog: I know that in some parts of the country, the school year has already started, but if you are in New York like I am, there are still a few more weeks.  I thought this might be a good time to remind parents of some back-to-school tips: Back to School Tip #1: Is the teacher ready for your child? Back to School Tip... [Read more of this news story]

Summer heat poses special risks for individuals with neuropsychiatric challenges

A new study on Bipolar Disorder reminds me that this might be a good time to raise some safety issues  for parents about summer heat. But let’s start with the study. Mark Cowen writes: Results from a Taiwanese study suggest that high daily temperatures are associated with increased hospitalization rates for mood symptoms among patients with bipolar disorder, particularly women. The researchers... [Read more of this news story]

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