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testing for adhd genes

Guesswork in prescribing medications for ADHD moves one step toward elimination due to recent genetic research.

Up until now, the prescribing of medication for children with attention deficit hyperactivity is often tedious for the physician and the family.  Children who do not respond to the first stimulant prescribed may respond to the next one tried or the one after that. There are two types of stimulants found to be effective for […]

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Your child diagnosed with ADHD? May want to check their zinc and iron levels.

A recent research study to be published in the August 2010 issue of Child Psychiatry and Human Development found that low blood levels for zinc and iron are associated with symptoms of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder based on scores on the Conner’s Parent Rating Scale through the low levels were not associated with higher scores […]

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Two and Three-Year-Old Children are Excellent Negotiators

Torgeir Alvestad, a researcher from the University of Gothenberg in Sweden, has written a fascinating thesis paper based on studying the play of two and three-year olds. He finds that children this age are able to negotiate during play. In these negotiations they demonstrated invention, creativity, enthusiasm, industry, involvement, activity and problem-solving strategies. The results show […]

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Sexual Media Influences Teen Decisions About Sex

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 […]

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Exercise in Boys Improve Insulin Resistance and Body Fat

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 […]

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