Monday, June 23, 2014

ADHD, Biploar Disorder, Parenting, and More

ADHD AND IRON? Can levels of iron in the brain help diagnose ADHD? Maybe. Researchers have discovered that kids without ADHD and kids with ADHD who use stimulant meds both have higher levels of iron in their brains than unmedicated kids with ADHD. The research involved measuring levels of iron in the blood as well as the brain. It turned out that all participants had similar levels of blood iron, but MRI imaging was able to detect the different levels of iron in the brain. The researchers intend to test their findings on a larger group to see if they've really found a biomarker for ADHD. Read more.

ADHD AND SUICIDE. There's no link between between ADHD meds and suicide attempts, according to a large Swedish study. In fact, one researcher said, "The results rather indicate that ADHD drugs may have a protective effect." Read more.

ADHD AND READING. An article at provides tips for remembering what you read. A couple of them: read aloud; and walk around while you read. Find more tips.

BIPOLAR DISORDER IN KIDS manifests differently (in the brain, at least) than in adults. It turns out that in kids with the disorder, certain areas may be hyperactive or under-active. For example, when bipolar children view emotional faces, their right amygdalas react more strongly than in bipolar adults. Find out more.

A KID WITH STRONG BONDS TO PARENTS is likely to be a positive, responsive playmate, and he’ll be able to adapt to a difficult peer by asserting his needs, according to a new University of Illinois study. A researcher is quoted as saying, “Securely attached children are more responsive to suggestions or requests made by a new peer partner. A child who has experienced a secure attachment relationship with caregivers is likely to come into a new peer relationship with positive expectations." Read more

NCLD FAN? The organization has just released its annual report for 2013. According to NCLD, the report "offers a snapshot of our programs and services, as well as essential information about our operations." In terms of revenue, NCLD raised about $5.6 million in 2013, with expenses of about $5.3. Of note: contributions constitute less than 10 percent of revenue; most fundraising comes from its annual benefit dinner. Net assets remained stable at about $3 million. Our compliments to those who support NCLD and the work it does. Read more about the accomplishments of the organization.

AND FINALLY, THIS. Do you ever help your child with homework? There's a humorous opinion piece in The New York Times about the practice and its dangers to the egos of parents and children alike; find it.

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