The media recently reported that a popular clothing retailer has decided to reintroduce a catalogue that includes semi-nude, young models for distribution to their 18-years-and-older shoppers. Parents of some online gamers have been shocked to discover that some popular games allow sexual dialogue and communication. A popular youth star has been in the media spotlight […]
A recent study presented at the American Diabetes Association 70th Scientific Sessions demonstrated that aerobic or resistance exercise (weight lifting) in obese boys can decrease the amount of total and visceral body fat and improve insulin resistance compared to boys who did not exercise. Insulin resistance can lead to Type II diabetes. The initial study was […]
There has been a rise in reported cases of Whooping Cough (Pertussis) this year in California. Over 900 confirmed and over 600 suspected cases have been identified. 5 infants under 3 months of age have died of whooping cough. Pertussis symptoms usually start out like any other respiratory illness but 10 to 12 days later […]
A recent review of the literature on sleep-onset insomnia in children with ADHD published in the December issue of the Annals of Pharmacotherapy found that Melatonin may be helpful to children with ADHD who have difficulty falling asleep. This is good news as the problem is quite common in ADHD children and may be a […]
Teen males have always found ways to express their testosterone spurts during their formative years. In the past they would find risky activities like climbing trees, skateboarding on ramps, racing dirt bikes, and driving recklessly. I remember growing up and we would punch each other in the arms to see how much pain we could […]
Jodie, a single mom of two boys, felt like her days were an endless uphill battle. After getting the boys off to school, she’d work until five p.m. and then pick them up from her parents. The boys started in on each other even before they got to the car; reporting how each other misbehaved at grandma’s, […]
Summer is that time every kid looks forward to. It is the “light at end of the tunnel” of a long school year. It is a time to “let loose” and have a great time. For kids with ADHD this is a big change. The day to day structure goes away, the daily routine is […]
The word “disorder” conjures up images of illness, disease and serious disabilities. All parents want to see their child as the smartest, most capable and best liked boy or girl on the block. So why would they want to have a label attached to them that often coveys just the opposite–such as slow learner, under-achiever […]
I often joke that kids with ADHD would make great politicians or lawyers, because they never give up a fight! Trying to cope with a child who argues at the drop of a hat can test the patience of any sane person. Not surprisingly, over the years many parents have asked me what they can […]
Binge Eating Disorder (BED) is an eating disorder in which an individual eats large quantities of food, usually very quickly. However, unlike Bulimia, the person does not “purge” the food by vomiting, use of laxatives, or excessive exercise. A recent study in the International Journal of Eating Disorders by clinical psychologist David M. Dunkley and […]
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