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Study Links Rates of ADHD to Altitude

Bioscience Technology April 8, 2015 | by University of Utah | News | The prevalence of ADHD decreases substantially as altitude increases, according to a recent study published in the Journal of Attention Disorders online. For example, in Utah with an average state elevation of 6,100 feet, the rate of diagnosed ADHD cases is about […] Continue reading →

Medicated misery: Germanwings’ Andreas Lubitz

The Australian Opinion by Theodore Dalrymple 3/29/2015 Medicated misery vs Melancholia &/or terror The crash was not an accident but an act of mass homicide, as well as of suicide. According to author Theodore Dalrymple: There was an element of grandiosity about it.  As with other mass killers, Andreas Lubitz wanted not to slip away […] Continue reading →

Sex-Based Brain Differences Visible in Kids With ADHD

Using magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), researchers found that boys with ADHD show reductions in the premotor cortex surface area of the brain, corresponding to their greater occurrence of hyperactivity/impulsivity. By comparison, girls show reductions in the prefrontal cortex surface area, more associated with organizational/planning skills or inattentive ADD. The study was published in the January […] Continue reading →

Kids have an increased risk of developing attention problems if their mothers inhaled a lot of one particular type of air pollution during pregnancy, a study finds

BY SHARON OOSTHOEK DECEMBER 5, 2014 In a new study published November 5 in the journal PLOS ONE, Frederica Perera and her Columbia University team found that non-smoking pregnant women having high levels of pollutants called polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons or PAHs risk having 5x as many children with ADHD. The biggest sources of these PAHs: […] Continue reading →

Dyslexia Likely Not Caused by Ocular Motility Disorders

Medscape News Lara C. Pullen, PhD December 05, 2014 A functional MRI dyslexia study was recently reported 11/30/14 by Ibone Saralegui, MD and colleagues in Chicago at the Radiological Society of North America 100th Annual Meeting. Their results indicated that patterns of brain activation in readers with ocular motility disorders and normal individuals were similar […] Continue reading →