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ADHD in the News - February 20, 2014

A weekly news digest** from the National Resource Center on ADHD: A Program of CHADD

  1. Kids With ADHD and 'Brain Wave' Training in School (WebMD, February 17, 2014)

    "New research suggests that children with...(ADHD) may benefit from getting a type of training during school hours that monitors their brain waves to help improve attention...The study team found that the kids who were given neurofeedback training made greater improvements in their ADHD symptoms...The findings were published online Feb. 17 and in the March print issue of Pediatrics..." Full Story

  2. School-based brain training shown to alleviate ADHD (Boston Globe, February 17, 2014)

    "Tufts Medical Center researchers conducted a study in 104 Boston-area elementary school children with ADHD — half of whom were taking stimulants — randomly assigning them to have neurofeedback or cognitive computer training at school three times a week for five months, or no therapy at all. Both the neurofeedback and the cognitive training enabled the children to have longer attention spans, but only the neurofeedback reduced hyperactive and impulsive behaviors..." Full Story

  3. The Science Behind 'Brain Training' (The Atlantic, February 14, 2014)

    "In 2002, Torkel Klingberg, a psychologist at Sweden’s Karolinska Institute, published a study involving 14 children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. All of the children were asked to spend a total of 10.5 hours, over five weeks, practicing computerized games that put demands on their working memory...At first scoffed at, the little study has since led to dozens of other studies...It also quickly led Klingberg and the Karolinska Institute to form a company, Cogmed, to turn working-memory training into a business..." Full Story

  4. Toxic chemicals linked to brain disorders in children (Harvard Gazette, February 14, 2014)

    "Toxic chemicals may be triggering recent increases in neurodevelopmental disabilities among children — such as autism, attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder, and dyslexia — according to a new study from Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) and Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. The researchers say a new global prevention strategy to control the use of these substances is urgently needed...The report [is published] in Lancet Neurology..." Full Story

  5. Doctors Train to Spot Signs of A.D.H.D. in Children (New York Times, February 18, 2014)

    "On this Sunday in January in New York, Dr. [Peter] Jensen was on a cross-country tour, teaching pediatricians and other medical providers how to properly evaluate children’s mental health issues — especially attention deficit hyperactivity disorder..." Full Story

  6. Your ADHD Child and Grief: 5 Tips for Coping With Death (Everyday Health, February 19, 2014)

    "As we walked our children through the process of accepting and coping with loss the past few weeks, I couldn’t help but realize there were some characteristics of ADHD that undeniably made the experience more intense and overwhelming. Here’s how we helped our family through the experience..." Full Story

  7. Does outdoor play make kids smarter? (Colorado Daily, February 20, 2014)

    "We know that outdoor play improves kids' physical health. All that fresh air and exercise — what's not to like?...Outdoor play is increasingly linked scientifically to stronger mental muscle...It's not just a tug-of-war over time or the oft-blamed lure of technology. School recess and P.E. have been co-opted for more class time. At home, children are sidelined by everything from unsafe neighborhoods to home owner association and city ordinances banning skateboards and basketball nets. It's an uphill battle. But experts say it's one worth waging..." Full Story

**Disclaimer: Neither CHADD, the National Resource Center on ADHD, nor the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention endorses, supports, represents or guarantees the truthfulness, accuracy, or reliability of any included articles nor endorses any opinions expressed in any articles included in ADHD in the News. CHADD and the National Resource Center on ADHD merely provide access to such content as a service to you.

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