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Can Fish Oil Help Boys With ADHD Pay Attention?

Posted: 03/25/15 01:14

Boys with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder may benefit from the omega-3 fatty acids found in fish and some vegetable oils, a small European study suggests. Those who regularly ate an omega-3-loaded margarine experienced an improvement in their ability to pay attention, compared with boys who did not, researchers report in the March 19 issue of NeuropsychopharmacologyThe results suggest that parents might help...

Autism-Linked Genes May Be Tied to Slightly Higher IQ

Posted: 03/18/15 18:12

Genes believed to increase the risk of autism may also be linked with higher intelligence, a new study suggests. Researchers analyzed the DNA of nearly 10,000 people in Scotland and also tested their thinking abilities. On average, those who had genes associated with autism scored slightly higher on the thinking (cognitive) tests. Having autism-linked genes doesn't mean that people will develop the disorder, the researchers...

Growth Checks in Children Might Spot Celiac Disease

Posted: 03/11/15 17:23

Checking children for growth problems may help identify those with celiac disease, according to a new study. Celiac disease is an autoimmune disorder in which the body has an immune reaction to a component of wheat called gluten, leading to damage to the small intestine. According to the Celiac Disease Foundation, the illness strikes about one in every 100 people worldwide. Celiac disease is typically difficult to diagnose. It leads to "short...

Exposing Babies to Peanuts May Help Curb Allergy Risk

Posted: 03/04/15 18:12

Giving peanut products to infants at high risk for peanut allergy may reduce the risk of developing the allergy by 80 percent, a startlingly new study suggests. For years, the conventional wisdom was to avoid giving peanuts to infants who were at risk for developing an allergy to them. And although that recommendation was retracted in 2008, many parents continued to avoid giving peanut products to their infants, said lead researcher Dr. Gideon Lack, from the department...

Sports Illustrated Honors Teen On The Spectrum

Posted: 02/25/15 16:59

A runner with autism is Sports Illustrated's High School Athlete of the Month. Mikey Brannigan, 18, was diagnosed with autism as a toddler and has struggled with communication and socialization. But today, he's considered among the top middle-distance high school runners in the country, according to <span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: 'Times New Roman', Times; font-size: 12pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal;...

Autism Speaks Alters Position On Vaccines

Posted: 02/18/15 17:11

Amid concerns about measles, the nation's largest autism advocacy group has updated its stance on vaccines and autism, but remains mum on whether it will fund further studies on the issue. Autism Speaks revised its policy on immunizations in a statement published on its website last week. "Over the last two decades, extensive research has asked whether there is any link between childhood vaccinations and autism. The results of this research are...

Change in Gut Bacteria May Precede Type 1 Diabetes in Kids

Posted: 02/11/15 18:33

In some young children who develop type 1 diabetes, a change in normal stomach bacteria can precede the disease by a year, a small study has found. The findings, published Feb. 5 in the journal Cell, Host & Microbe, are based on just 33 children at increased genetic risk of type 1 diabetes. And experts stressed that it's too early to tell what it all could mean. But one hope is that the results will lead to an early...

Autism Genes Vary, Even in Affected Siblings, Study Finds

Posted: 02/04/15 17:33

Siblings who share a diagnosis of autism often don't share the same autism-linked genes, according to a new study. Researchers previously have identified more than 100 genetic mutations that can make a person more susceptible to an autism spectrum disorder, said senior author Dr. Stephen Scherer, director of the Center for Applied Genomics at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto. But this study revealed that genes linked to autism can vary among...

Parent-Led Intervention May Lower Kids' Autism Risk

Posted: 01/28/15 17:50

Training parents to enhance social interactions with their infant children may reduce the likelihood that kids at risk for autism will ultimately develop the disorder, researchers say. Families who participated in a video-based therapy program were able to improve engagement, attention and social behavior in their babies, according to findings published Wednesday in The Lancet Psychiatry. "Our findings indicate that using video feedback-based therapy to help parents understand and respond to...

Recess Promotes Healthy Eating by School Kids: Study

Posted: 01/21/15 17:39

School kids are a lot more likely to eat the green beans and peaches on their lunch tray if they have recess beforehand, a new study suggests. Students in the federally funded U.S. National School Lunch Program must select a fruit and a vegetable side, the researchers explained. But many school officials say these healthy foods often end up in the trash. "Recess is often held after lunch so children hurry to 'finish' so that they can go play. This...

How Sleep Impacts Academic Performance in Children

Posted: 01/14/15 17:00

A good night's sleep is linked to better performance by schoolchildren in math and languages -- subjects that are powerful predictors of later learning and academic success, according to a study. The researchers reported that "sleep efficiency" is associated with higher academic performance in those key subjects. Sleep efficiency is a gauge of sleep quality that compares the amount of actual sleep time with the total time spent in bed. To read more, <link...

Yoga Therapy For Children with Autism & Special Needs

Posted: 01/07/15 17:39

As a former yoga teacher, I used to consider Anatomy of Hatha Yoga my bedside manual. Years later, after my life priorities changed and the focus on physical stamina became less important than attaining a peaceful mind, I revisited the practice. It was a different yoga in my forties than in my twenties and thirties, despite that the poses and concepts were the same. This reminded me that the quintessence of yoga includes many things - among them, intentional focus, honoring the...

Can Fast Food Hinder Learning in Kids?

Posted: 12/29/14 18:45

A steady diet of fast food might hurt your child in the classroom, a new study finds. Kids who frequently ate fast food in fifth grade lagged behind by eighth grade, said researchers who reviewed questionnaires and test scores of more than 8,500 U.S. students. "The largest effects were found for the kids who reported daily consumption of fast food," said study leader Kelly Purtell, assistant professor of human sciences at Ohio State...

Sensitive Parenting May Boost Kids' Social Skills, School Performance

Posted: 12/22/14 16:46

The type of parenting children receive at an early age may have a long-term effect on their social skills and school success, a new study indicates. The study included 243 people from poor families in Minnesota who were followed from birth until age 32. Those who received more sensitive parenting early in life had better social skills -- including romantic and peer relationships -- and higher levels of academic achievement into adulthood. However, the study did not prove...

Brain Inflammation a Hallmark of Autism, Study Shows

Posted: 12/17/14 17:39

Brain inflammation, triggered by an overactive immune system, is common among people with autism, a new study finds. However, this inflammation does not cause the developmental disorder. Rather, it's a response to the different factors that can trigger autism, the researchers stressed. Their findings are based on autopsies performed on 72 brains of people with and without autism. In the brains of those who had autism when they were alive, a certain type...

Study of Kids Who Were Preemies & Flu

Posted: 12/10/14 17:58

Children who were born prematurely are twice as likely to develop pneumonia and other flu-related complications, so they should be first in line for flu shots every year, researchers suggest. However, current U.S., U.K. and World Health Organization guidelines do not identify these kids as a high-risk group for flu complications, the study authors noted. In their analysis, the researchers reviewed data from 27 studies that included more than 14,000 children. The finding about children...

Yogurt Every Day May Help Keep Diabetes Away

Posted: 12/03/14 13:58

Eating a serving a day of yogurt may lower your risk of developing type 2 diabetes, new research suggests. "The data we have gathered show that yogurt consumption can have significant benefit in reducing the risk of diabetes," said senior study author Dr. Frank Hu, a professor of nutrition and epidemiology at Harvard School of Public Health, in Boston. "It's not a huge effect, about an 18 percent reduction [in risk]." "Yogurt is...


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