Autism improved by antiobiotics in some children

A man named John Rodakis saw significant improvements in his son's autism symptoms within 4 days of taking a 10-day course of amoxicillin.According to the father, the boy:1. started making eye contact (which he had previously avoided)2. had markedly improved speech (which was severely delayed)3. became less "rigid" in his demands to keep routines and sameness 4. had an enormous amount of energy, which he had "historically lacked"...more

Obesity in the elderly REDUCES dementia risk

Yep, you read the title correctly.A new study from the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine looked at adults (average age 55 at baseline) over 20 years and found that:- adults who were underweight during middle age were 34% more likely to have dementia- middle-aged adults' risk declined as their BMI increased- severely obese adults were 29% less likely to develop dementiaThis was after accounting for other factors, like smoking and drinking alcohol.Here's what I read:

Study says kids with ADHD learn better when fidgeting

A study out of the University of Central Florida has found that kids with ADHD who are allowed to move frequently via fidgeting have increased information retention and abilities to work out complex cognitive tasks.There are several interesting issues/findings mentioned here, not all of which I can or would be willing to back up. Here are a few of my concerns:...more

Would you take your kid's ADHD drugs to be more productive?

Here's an interesting piece about adults misusing ADHD meds to get ahead in the workplace.In this case, a 20-something who used the name "Elizabeth," actually texted her "dealer" to bring pills to her apartment so she could work until 7 a.m. She took the pills to help her concentrate on a PowerPoint presentation that was due the next day.What's scary is that this is not uncommon. The article states that stimulant abuse is no longer just a college-related issue; now it's graduating into the work force....more

Diabetes AND depression? Your risk for cognitive decline is higher than most

You may have read the diabetes and depression each increase your risk of cognitive decline, but what happens when you have both?A new study from the University of Washington School of Medicine in Seattle has found that people with comorbidity (i.e. the presence of two chronic diseases or disorders at once) have a much higher risk of dementia and Alzheimer's. The Danish study looked at data from 95,691 people who had depression and/or type 2 diabetes. They found: ...more

Maternal gestational diabetes linked to autism risk in new study

If you're pregnant and have gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM), you baby's risk of autism is increased.That's what a new study conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (the CDC) has found. The study, which analyzed the prevalence of Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) in 322,323 children born between 1995 and 2009. They tracked the children from from when they were born until  (for the 3,388 who had ASD) they were diagnosed with ASD. They found that of the 3,388 kids who developed ASD:- 115 kids were exposed to pre-existing type 2 diabetes...more

Why more vitamin E might help age-related cognitive decline, dementia and Alzheimer's

Did you know 96% of women (and 90% of men) in the U.S. don't get enough vitamin E in their diet? It's not a vitamin or mineral that gets talked about nearly as much as, say, iron, vitamin D, calcium or vitamin C. But researchers continue to learn more about its importance....more

New discovery in autism and language development differences

Why do some children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) go on to develop good language and conversation skills but others don't? That's a question scientists wanted to answer.Researchers at the autism center of excellence, which is part of the UC San Diego School of Medicine, studied 60 infants and toddlers with ASD and 43 that did not have it (control group).They used natural sleep fMRI methods to look at the kids' brain activity while they listened to excerpts from children's stories. ...more

ADHD decreases at higher altitudes

I live in Colorado so I found this very interesting.Higher altitude states have lower ADHD rates. In Utah, for example, the rate of diagnosed ADHD is 50% of states at sea level.And for every one foot increase in elevation, the likelihood of being diagnosed with ADHD decreases by .001 %.Why?1. Higher altitudes mean more dopamine production. Decreased dopamine is linked to ADHD.2. It could also be partially due to regional disparities in diagnosing ADHD....more

New study names 3 things that can reduce the risk of mild cognitive impairment

A new study from the Mayo Clinic has found that 3 particular activities appear to reduce the risk of mild cognitive impairment (MCI) as we age. 1. Artistic activitiesThe researchers studied 256 people (average age 87) that had no memory or thinking problems at the start of the study. They were followed for 4 years.During the 4 years, 121 of the people developed MCI.The adults who participated in arts and/or crafts (e.g., painting) during both middle and old age were at a 73% lower risk of developing MCI (compared to those who didn't)....more