Kids exposed to tobacco smoke more likely to develop ADD/ADHD symptoms

You likely already know that tobacco smoke is bad for babies in utero - and even second-hand smoke for babies/kids. But this study has linked tobacco smoke to symptoms of ADD/ADHD. first exposed to tobacco smoke after birth (vs. in utero) have a 1.3 times higher rate of behavioral issues. Kids who were ALSO exposed in utero have a doubled risk of these issues....more

Common chemicals linked to ADHD symptoms

I'm always telling my husband not to microwave plastic because of the links to cancer (not to mention lowered testosterone in boys - and I have a 2-year-old son!). Now I've got even more of a reason for him to not do it: a link between common plastics chemicals and ADHD....more

Thank you for writing about this important issue.  When my child was diagnosed with ADHD ...more

4 Family games to build learning skills this Thanksgiving - courtesy LearningRx (

From a recent LearningRx newsletter: 4 Games to Entertain Your Out-Of-Town Relatives and Your Whole Family This month's focus: 4 games that you can sit around playing at the dinner table that are all helpful for developing underlying learning and thinking skills. Who knew you'd finish Thanksgiving vacation just a little bit smarter? ...more

Study shows the ADHD brain develops differently

This actually ran in December 2008, but today was the first time I ran across it, and I thought it was blog-worthy: are some of the important tidbits I took away from this article, which features Dr. Sanjay Gupta, who I really admire and trust:1. Healthy brains and brains with ADHD mature in the same pattern (front to back), but not at the same rate....more

Lack of sleep can really hurt your performance at work

Just because your retired mother can function well on 6 hours of sleep doesn't mean you (or your college kid!) can. A study published in Science Daily found that older adults (aged 59 - 82) retain more cognitive function during sleep deprivation that younger adults (aged 19 to 38).The researchers found that older adults' cognitive skills like working memory, selective attention and verbal encoding/retrieval were not as affected from lack of sleep as those of the younger age group. ...more

Study indicates ADHD meds impair working memory in adults later

If you child or teen is on a stimulant medication for ADHD (like Ritalin), you'll want to read this new study. Scientists exposed rates to the stimulant meds (equivalent of teen years in humans) and found that when they became adults, their working memory was significantly impaired - even LONG AFTER they weren't exposed to the stimulant meds anymore. In other words, if your teen takes a stimulant med for ADHD now, they might have significant impairment to their working memory as an adult even if they're no longer taking the meds....more

UK theme parks let ADHD kids cut in line

I've written a lot of posts about ADHD, but this is a first in terms of accommodations....more

More kids abusing ADHD meds Research is showing that there's been a significant increase in the use of Rx stimulants used to treat ADHD.  The American Assoc. of Poison Control analyzed data from 1998 to 2005 and found that calls related to ADHD medication abuse in 13- to 19-year-olds went up 76 percent! ...more

Study of brain waves could help with ADD/ADHD treatment ...more