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5 Reasons Why Parents of Children with ADHD Need to Become Proactive, Well-Informed Advocates


Most chil­dren with ADHD receive their care from community-based pedi­a­tri­cians, so it is espe­cially impor­tant for that care to be con­sis­tent with best-practice guidelines.

Unfor­tu­nately, all too often it is not.

The guide­lines

Here is a brief sum­mary of some key ADHD guide­lines pub­lished by the Amer­i­can Acad­emy of Pedi­atrics Read the rest of this entry »

Study finds large gaps between research and practice in ADHD diagnosis and treatment


Most chil­dren with ADHD receive their care from community-based pedi­a­tri­cians. Given the large num­ber of school-age chil­dren who require eval­u­a­tion and treat­ment ser­vices for ADHD, and the adverse impact that poor qual­ity care can have on children’s devel­op­ment, it is impor­tant for chil­dren to rou­tinely receive care in the com­mu­nity that is con­sis­tent with best-practice guidelines.

The Amer­i­can Acad­emy of Pedi­atrics has clearly rec­og­nized this and pub­lished guide­lines for Read the rest of this entry »

Study: Use of methylphenidate-based ADHD medication increases the risk of heart problems

Methylphenidate_pillsADHD med­ica­tion enhances the risk of heart prob­lems in chil­dren (Sci­ence Nordic):

The risk of devel­op­ing heart prob­lems is twice as big for chil­dren tak­ing med­i­cine for Atten­tion Deficit-Hyperactivity Dis­or­der (ADHD) when com­pared to chil­dren not receiv­ing the medicine…The study builds on data from 714,000 chil­dren Read the rest of this entry »

Update: ¿Habla Español? Know someone who’d enjoy a great brain book in Spanish?

Portada_ComoInvertirEnSuCerebroTime for Sharp­Brains’ Feb­ru­ary e-Newsletter, this time fea­tur­ing the global launch of our new book, in Span­ish, Cómo inver­tir en su cere­bro: Una guía Sharp­Brains para mejo­rar su mente y su vida, avail­able already as a soft-cover and e-book!

–> If you speak Span­ish, please get a copy for your­self. Tam­bién puede ver el video de la charla de pre­sentación aquí (comienza en el min­uto 5), y leer el artículo Esculpir el cere­bro, mucho más allá de un sueño de Ramón y Cajal.

–> If you don’t speak Span­ish, please share this with some­one who does…we believe he or she will love the book! We’ve been work­ing quite hard over the last year to deliver a great adap­ta­tion of The Sharp­Brains Guide to Brain Fit­ness to “la lengua de Cer­vantes” — the jury is now out.

Some other news…

Brain Health Sci­ence & Practice:

Dig­i­tal Brain Health Indus­try & technology:

Finally, please keep in mind that March 10-16th is 2014 Brain Aware­ness Week. Let’s all find a way to cel­e­brate and invest in our most pre­cious resource!


Update: New brain science leads to new tools and to new thinking

We often view mem­ory, think­ing, emo­tions, as com­pletely sep­a­rate enti­ties, but they truly are part of the same process. So, if we want to improve brain health, we need to pay atten­tion to the “weak link” in that process. In today’s soci­ety, man­ag­ing stress and neg­a­tive emo­tions is often that weak link, as we dis­cuss dur­ing Octo­ber Q&A ses­sion with par­tic­i­pants in Sharp­Brains’ new e-course. Time now for Sharp­Brains’ Octo­ber 2012 eNewslet­ter, fea­tur­ing new sci­ence, new resources and new thinking.

New sci­ence:

New tools:

New think­ing:

That’s it for now. Have a Happy Halloween!

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Does ADHD medication treatment in childhood increase adult employment?

Although ADHD used to be con­sid­ered a dis­or­der of child­hood, follow-up stud­ies indi­cate that between 30% and 60% of chil­dren with ADHD con­tinue to expe­ri­ence symp­toms and impair­ment in adult­hood. And, even when ADHD symp­toms decline over time, many indi­vid­u­als con­tinue to expe­ri­ence sig­nif­i­cant impair­ment in impor­tant areas of functioning.

For exam­ple, chil­dren with ADHD have Read the rest of this entry »

ADHD: Brain Training, Neurofeedback, Diet, and More.

ADHD, or atten­tion deficit hyper­ac­tiv­ity dis­or­der, affects mil­lions of chil­dren and adults (up to 5% of chil­dren in the US).  More and more evi­dence sug­gests that brain train­ing may be key to help these indi­vid­u­als. With this in mind, we put together our most recent arti­cles on the topic to  a) help you bet­ter under­stand what is going in the brain of a per­son with ADHD, and b) pro­vide you with up-to-date infor­ma­tion on what can be done to fight the dis­or­der and improve the lives of peo­ple suf­fer­ing from it. We par­tic­u­larly thank Dr. Rabiner from Duke Uni­ver­sity for writ­ing many of these arti­cles.

What is ADHD?

What kind of atten­tion is involved in ADHD? ADHD may be con­sid­ered as a prob­lem in the will­ful con­trol of atten­tion as opposed to a pure deficit in the abil­ity to pay attention.

Self-Regulation and ADHD: The fun­da­men­tal deficit in indi­vid­u­als with ADHD may be one of self-control: Read the rest of this entry »

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