Friday, June 27, 2014

GIRLS AND ADHD -- equal opportunity but not equally recognized. That's the contention of an article at the Child Mind Institute site. The female author of the article starts off, "I've always been a space cadet." She describes feeling that something was wrong with her but not receiving a diagnosis until after she was 21 years old. Her perspective is interesting and likely to be helpful to anyone who raises or teaches girls. This is the first of a three-part series on girls and ADHD; find it.

ADOLESCENTS AND MENTAL ILLNESS. As a child moves into and through adolescence, dealing with his or her mental illness will change. Confidentiality is one obvious example. An article at Oregon Live offers tips and resources for dealing with this difficult period (even without mental illness). Find the article.

AUTISM LINKED TO... Autism is not a condition with a simple cause. This week, one study linked autism to maternal exposure to agricultural pesticides; read more. Another study linked an increased risk of a child having autism to the mother's birthplace, noting that children of foreign-born immigrants from Africa and Latin America were more likely to have children with autism. Read more.

CONCUSSION GUIDELINES. Got an active kid who doesn't wear a helmet 24 hours a day? A Canadian hospital has published what it says are the first comprehensive pediatric concussion guidelines for diagnosis and management of concussion in kids 5 to 18, from initial assessment through recovery. If concussion is an issue (or a worry) at your house, find the guidelines.

SCHOLARSHIP RESOURCE. Lilly, through The Diabetes Scholars Foundation, awards scholarships each year to "a gifted group of young adults who, in addition to successfully managing their diabetes, have excelled in the classroom and in the community, demonstrating that diabetes truly does not have to stand in the way of pursuing one's goals," according to the company. This year, 21 high school graduates were chosen as recipients. Find out more.

AND FINALLY, THIS. According to research from the American Psychological Association, chimpanzees prefer music from Africa and India to silence -- and silence to music from the west. Here's how the study went: When African and Indian music was played near their large outdoor enclosures, the chimps spent significantly more time in areas where they could best hear the music. When Japanese music was played, they were more likely to be found in spots where it was more difficult or impossible to hear the music. The African and Indian music in the experiment had extreme ratios of strong to weak beats, whereas the Japanese music had regular strong beats, which is also typical of Western music. Want to read more? Find the press release.

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