Study explains the Down Syndrome-Leukemia Link

Although doctors have long known that people with Down syndrome have a heightened risk of developing acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) during childhood, they haven’t been able to explain why. Now, a team of Dana-Farber Cancer Institute investigators has uncovered a connection between the two conditions. In a study posted online by the journal Nature Genetics, the researchers track the genetic chain of events […]

ADHD medication abuse by students continues to rise

Around this time of year, you’re more likely to find college students in the library cramming for final exams than out partying. In an environment where the workload is endless and there’s always more to be done, a quick fix to help buckle down and power through becomes very tempting. Prescription ADHD medications like Adderall, […]

How to identify dyslexia

by Sanjay Gupta, MD – Q: How do I know if my child is dyslexic? A: Dyslexia is the most common form of learning difficulty, yet most people who have it aren’t formally diagnosed and don’t get the support they need. “Science has made a great deal of progress in understanding dyslexia, but it hasn’t been translated into […]

A third of adults with Down syndrome have sleep apnea, study finds


San Francisco, Ca. Researchers in Edinburgh have been undertaking the biggest survey of adults with Down Syndrome and sleep disordered breathing to date. Sleep disorders are very common in the general adult population: 1 in 3 people snore, 1 in 20 people have sleep apnea and 3 out of 100 people sleep-walk nightly. All of […]

If you like Adderall, you may not have ADHD

by Douglas Main – Amphetamine, the primary ingredient in Adderall, is commonly taken by people with ADHD to improve their focus, memory, and so on. Some people in particular who take this drug, also known as dextroamphetamine, report feelings of euphoria–they feel really good. And it turns out that people who say they really like […]

How dopamine is related to schizophrenia and ADHD

Genetic variants associated with enjoying the effects of d-amphetamine—the active ingredient in Adderall—are also associated with a reduced risk for developing schizophrenia and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), report scientists from the University of Chicago in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences on April 7. The results support a long-standing hypothesis that dopamine, […]

Understanding what sensory processing disorder can do to your child

My son, Dar: Sensory issues hurt him, but we try not to

by Lynette Louise – Often we read about the anxiety inherent in autism and the sensory-processing issues of the disorder but seldom (if ever) have I come across an explanation of how the processing issue recreates the childhood from one of support into one of abuse even when the people around you are supportive and […]

The difference between ADHD and ADD

by Take Care Staff – Some kids have short attention spans, and can act hyper or impulsive. But do these kids all need to be medicated? Today, 3.5 million children in the United States are on medication for Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder. In this article Alan Schwarz, a writer for The New York Times who […]

How scientists used an existing drug to reverse some of the effects of Down syndrome in mice

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by Rachel Barclay – Down syndrome is the most common type of chromosomal genetic disease. One in every 691 babies in the U.S. is born with Down Syndrome, and more than 400,000 Americans are living with the condition. One of the hallmark symptoms of Down syndrome is mild to moderate cognitive delay. The condition is […]

Childhood sleep problems are linked to ADHD diagnoses

Children are at risk being overdiagnosed with ADHD when all they need is a good night’s sleep, experts say. Around one in 10 children suffer from chronic snoring or sleep apnoea that disrupts their breathing, and many of these children have been diagnosed with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, according to a new study from the […]

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