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Untested chemicals damage children’s brains

The number of industrial chemicals with a proven neurotoxicity effect on children’s brains has doubled since 2006. Meanwhile, the number of children with developmental disorders such as autism and ADHD is on a rise. Scientists are raising the alarm.

A new angle on cognitive failures

The ability to pay attention to our surroundings is associated with the levels of the GABA neurotransmitter in the visual parts of the brain, new study reveals.

Adults tested for ADHD symptoms in huge study

In the largest ever study of ADHD symptoms in adults, 85,000 blood donors will help scientists figure out if the disorder is hereditary.

Omega-3 removes ADHD symptoms

A new multidisciplinary study shows a clear connection between the intake of omega-3 fatt acids and a decline in ADHD symptoms in rats.

Manipulated mouse brains help us understand ADHD

A Danish professor is lighting up mouse brains to better understand how nerve cells are affected by dopamine. The researchers behind the technique – optogenetics – were recently awarded a prestigious Danish research prize.

Quiet students lose out

Hyperactive pupils demand their teacher's attention, which often means their quiet classmates are overlooked. But these shy students may need just as much help as their boisterous peers.

Problem behaviour from impaired vision

Pupils diagnosed with ADHD, learning difficulties or dyslexia could in some cases simply suffer from impaired vision.

ADHD linked to language problems

Most children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) have language impairments too. These kids struggle to express themselves and understand the content of conversations.

Children with ADHD are sceptical to the use of medications

Mum is relieved; Dad is sceptical. The child has mixed feelings towards the diagnosis and the pills. “We must listen more to the children,” says Norwegian researcher.

Girls are given less ADHD medication

Boys are much more frequently prescribed drugs against ADHD than girls. As it’s often construed as a male malady, there could be a tendency to underdiagnose the disorder among girls.