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Study: Comparing Iconic Memory in Children with and without ADHD

Amadi et al. (2013) studied the possibility of iconic memory impairment in children with ADHD, and compared the results with that of children without ADHD.

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School Readiness Impaired in Preschoolers with ADHD Symptoms

Preschoolers with symptoms of attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder are much less likely than other children their age to be ready for school, research from the Stanford University School of Medicine has found.

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Warning to Adults: Children Notice Everything

Adults are really good at paying attention only to what you tell them to -- but children don't ignore anything. That difference can actually help children do better than adults in some learning situations, a new study suggests.

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Early-life Challenges Affect How Children Focus, Face the Day

Adversity early in life tends to affect a child's executive function skills -- their ability to focus, for example, or organize tasks. Experiences such as poverty, residential instability, or parental divorce or substance abuse, also can lead to changes in a child's brain chemistry, muting the effects of stress hormones.

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Childhood Methylphenidate Treatment Predicts Later Antidepressant Use

A 12-year longitudinal study, which monitored 6,830 children from early childhood into adolescence, has shown that consistent treatment with MPH-based medications during childhood increases the risk of antidepressant use during adolescence.

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Digital Media May Put Youth at Risk for ADHD

Teens who spend lots of time using digital devices are prone to psychiatric problems, reports a team of scientists in a new study. Children who are heavy users of digital devices are twice as likely as infrequent users to show symptoms of ADHD, the study finds.

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ADHD Drugs Do Not Improve Cognition in Healthy College Students

Contrary to popular belief across college campuses, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) medications may fail to improve cognition in healthy students and actually can impair functioning.

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Does Exposure to Air Pollution in Pregnancy Increase ADHD Risk?

A study of 30,000 children from seven European countries found no association between prenatal exposure to air pollution and symptoms of attention-deficit and hyperactivity.

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Study: Omega Fish Oils Don’t Improve Children’s Reading Skills or Memory

New research has found no evidence Omega-3 fish oil supplements help aid or improve the reading ability or memory function of underperforming schoolchildren. These findings are in contradiction to an earlier study run by the same team using the same supplement.

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Complications at Birth Associated with Lasting Chemical Changes in the Brain

New research shows that adults born prematurely -- who also suffered small brain injuries around the time of birth -- have lower levels of dopamine in the brain. This chemical change has been linked to lack of motivation and enjoyment in normal life, and changes to attention and concentration...

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Phones Keep Students from Concentrating during Lectures

While ever-smarter digital devices have made many aspects of our lives easier and more efficient, a growing body of evidence suggests that, by continuously distracting us, they are harming our ability to concentrate...

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Junk Food Almost Twice as Distracting as Healthy Food

When we haven't eaten, junk food is twice as distracting as healthy food or non-food items, concludes a new Johns Hopkins University study, which also found that after a few bites of candy, people found junk food no more interesting than kale.

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