What’s ADHD (and What’s Not) in the Classroom

ADHD is one of the first things that’s suspected when a child’s behavior in class, or performance on schoolwork, is problematic. But these are also behaviors that can be a result of other factors, from anxiety to trauma to just being younger than most of the kids in the class, and hence a little less […]

Why Anxiety can sometimes be misdiagnosed as ADHD

Sometimes kids with anxiety disorders can be misdiagnosed with ADHD, or vice versa. On the surface, the two issues may look similar. Here are some of the ways a child with either issue may act—but for very different reasons: Be inattentive A child with anxiety may seem tuned out or preoccupied because he’s distracted by […]

New Alzheimer’s Approach: Cleaning the Brain of “Retired” Cells

Scientists at the Mayo Clinic have found that if you clean out retired brain cells (cells that aren’t dead, but have stopped growing and dividing) you can prevent tau proteins from building up—at least in mice. That may be important for long-term brain health: tau protein tangles are a hallmark of Alzheimer’s. More on this […]

Large-Scale MRI Study Confirms ADHD Brain Differences

This is one of the largest-scale studies on ADHD and the brain. Researchers looked at MRI brain scans of more than 3,000 kids and adults. The subjects included men and women, ranging in age from 4 to 63. A little more than half have ADHD. The scans were taken at 23 different locations in the United […]

ADHD is not just a childhood disorder

Do you find it hard to pay attention? Do you feel the need to move constantly during times when you shouldn’t? Do you find yourself constantly interrupting others? If these issues are ongoing and you feel that they are negatively impacting your daily life, it could be a sign of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). ADHD is […]

Does poor sleep increase Alzheimer’s risk?

Recent research suggests a correlation between poor sleep and Alzheimer’s risk. Although the “why” is not yet conclusive, it may be related to sleep’s role in cleaning out the trash: in this case, the amyloid beta that can cause the hallmark plaques in Alzheimer’s. Learn more in this fascinating article: “The brain may clean out […]