Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Sensory Processing Disorder, ADHD, Depression, More

SPD, WITH AND WITHOUT ASD. An article in The Atlantic explores sensory processing disorder, both in the context of autism and outside it. The article recounts the history of sensory processing disorder, noting that it's still not in the DSM. It also notes how recognition or acceptance of SPD by the mainstream medical establishment is hindered by a fact encapsulated in a quote from Lucy Jane Miller, founder of the SPD Foundation: “It’s very hard to get funding for research on something that doesn’t exist." Parents who have 2e kiddos with sensory issues will probably find this article interesting; find it.

MORE SPD. Understood at its site offers "Summertime Challenges for Kids with Sensory Processing Issues," tips for managing challenges during the summer break. Find the tips.

CHILD MIND INSTITUTE has a new article on its site about social challenges that can come with learning issues such as ASD or ADHD. It's not specifically a 2e article, but it describes the cognitive process that has to occur in social interactions and what can go wrong. Find the article.

EEG NEUROFEEDBACK: PLACEBO? Maybe so, according to research from McGill University. If you're a skeptic, read more at Science Daily.

NCLD FANS -- the annual report of the National Center for Learning Disabilities is online, highlighting achievements and providing financial and organizational information. Find the report.

FAST FOOD gets slammed a couple times this week in the media.

  • The Washington Post published an article including this paragraph: "Researchers at George Washington University have linked fast-food consumption to the presence of potentially harmful chemicals, a connection they argue could have 'great public health significance.' Specifically, the team found that people who eat fast food tend to have significantly higher levels of certain phthalates, which are commonly used in consumer products such as soap and makeup to make them less brittle but have been linked to a number of adverse health outcomes, including higher rates of infertility, especially among males." Find the article
  • And Reuters noted that music celebrities -- idols to teens -- tend to endorse foods and drinks that are sugary, low on nutrients, or high in fat. Read more

RECENT RESEARCH. Here's news on a few recent studies:
  • UK researchers have developed a blood test that can predict whether patients with depression will respond to common antidepressants, thereby potentially saving time in treating the symptoms of depression. Find the study write-up
  • Whole-body hyperthermia, or warming to about 101.3 F in just one session, lessened feelings of depression for about six weeks in a controlled study. According to Journal Watch, "Active treatment was associated with significantly greater decreases than sham treatment." (Journal Watch access is by subscription only.) 
  • Moving can be bad for you. According to a Danish study, moving to a new home during childhood increases the likelihood of multiple adverse outcomes later in life. This residential mobility study tracked 1.4 million people from their 15th birthdays until their early forties. Find the study write-up

FOLLOW-UP. We blogged on May 12 about "late-onset ADHD," where a young person is not diagnosed until adulthood, and then, Presto, you have ADHD. Journal Watch, in a review of the study, comments this way: "...editorialists note that many children have subthreshold ADHD symptoms without considerable impairment until compensatory factors (e.g., a supportive environment) no longer protect them from the complexity and demands of early adulthood."

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