No scientific link between autism and vaccines, really

What started the rumors? 1998: Lancet published a paper by Dr. Andrew Wakefield it was a dramatic study that found a connection between autism and vaccines. The Study Had Some Problems: • Not based on statistics • No control group • It relied on people’s memories • Made vague conclusions that weren’t statistically valid No […]

White matter scans could help in diagnosing dyslexia

A study published online in the journal Psychological Science revealed that white matter in the brain is crucial for development of reading skills in early childhood stage, suggesting the possibility of using it as a tool to detect learning disabilities like dyslexia. For the study, researchers involved 38 kindergarteners and examined their brain with the […]

Medications alone is not a successful ADHD treatment

by Maureen Salamon – Combining two medications with parent training appears to improve anger, irritability and violent tendencies in children whose attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is coupled with severe aggression, a new study suggests. “Augmented” therapy that consists of stimulant and antipsychotic drugs, along with parent training in behavioral management techniques, was rated more effective by […]

Over half of kids with dyscalculia present with reading deficits too

Between three and six per cent of schoolchildren suffer from an arithmetic-related learning disability. Researchers at Ludwig-Maximilians-Universitaet (LMU) in Munich now show that these children are also more likely to exhibit deficits in reading and spelling than had been previously suspected. Addition and subtraction, multiplication and division are the four basic operations in arithmetic. But […]

Moderate benefit from medication for ADHD aggressive behavior, study finds

by Megan Brooks – Children with attention-deficit/hyperactive disorder (ADHD) and severe aggression may benefit from having an antipsychotic added to a psychostimulant medication as well as behavioral parent training, new research suggests. New data from the Treatment of Severe Childhood Aggression (TOSCA) study confirms that such combination therapy is efficacious. “A large percentage of children […]

Different brain connections present in autism versus ADHD

by Jessica Wright – Autism and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) have much in common: Children with either disorder are often inattentive or hyperactive, and many are diagnosed with both disorders. The two disorders also share at least some genetic risk factors. A new study published 13 August in Human Brain Mapping suggests that in […]

Physical activity benefits kids with ADHD

by Dave Whamond – Researchers seeking alternatives to the use of drugs to treat ADHD in children are taking a closer look at exercise as a prescription. A recent study found regular, half-hour sessions of aerobic activity before school helped young children with symptoms of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder become more attentive and less moody. […]

The role of the cerebellum in autism

by Russell Saunders – You’ve got to feel a little bit sorry for the cerebellum. When most people think of the brain and its various functions, chances are it’s the cerebrum they think of. With its two hemispheres and layer of gray matter known as the cerebral cortex, this is the part of the organ […]

The benefit of electronic readers for people with dyslexia

by Miles O’Brien – Matthew Schneps is a researcher at Harvard University with a doctorate in physics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). He also happens to have dyslexia, so reading has always been a challenge for him. That is, until he got a smartphone. Schneps soon found that for him, a smartphone was […]

Early dyslexia diagnosis may be possible with EEGs

by Jordan Pearson – In addition to making essential learning tasks difficult, dyslexia is problematic because it’s hard to predict what children will be affected before they learn to read. While dyslexia isn’t correlated with low IQ levels, poor education, or physical impairments, new research suggests the disorder could be diagnosed before kids even learn […]