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Study: Rates of ADHD diagnosis and medication treatment continue to increase substantially

Beginning in about 1990, substantial increases in the rates of ADHD diagnosis and medical treatment were found in several nationally representative samples of US physician office visits. For example, between 1995-96 and 2007-08, the number of office visits at which an ADHD diagnosis was made increased by over 400% in adults – from 3.1 per 1000 visits to 14.5 per 1000 visits. And, the percent of adult office visits including both ADHD diagnosis and medication increased from 1.9 to 11.4 per 1000 visits.

Among children aged 5 to 18, between 1991-92 and 2008-09, rates of ADHD diagnosis increased nearly 4-fold among boys – from 39.5 to 144.6 per 1000 – and nearly 6-fold for girls – from 12.3 and 68.5 per 1000 visits. During this time, the rate of visits that also involved medication treatment increased by similar rates. Read the rest of this entry »

Study: Both maternal and parental obesity linked to young children’s neurodevelopmental delays

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Parental obesity linked to delays in child development, NIH study suggests (NIH press release):

“Children of obese parents may be at risk for developmental delays, according to a study by researchers at the National Institutes of Health. The investigators found that children of obese mothers were more likely to fail tests of fine motor skill—the ability to control movement of small muscles, such as those in the fingers and hands. Children of obese fathers were more likely to fail measures of Read the rest of this entry »

Update: New tools, research and insights to reinvent Brain Health and Mental Health in the Digital Age


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Time for a new edition of SharpBrains’ e-newsletter, exploring a range of technologies, scientific findings and insights for brain health and mental health to better respond to the opportunities and challenges ahead.

Happy reading, and Happy Thanksgiving!

New tools:

New research:

New thinking:

Finally, we are delighted to announce five new excellent Speakers at the upcoming 2016 SharpBrains Virtual Summit: Reinventing Brain Health in the Digital Age (December 6-8, 2016):

  • Mary Stuart, Senior Writer/Analyst at The MedTech Strategist
  • 2016sharpbrainssummit_logoDr. Andrea Serino, Head of Neuroscience at MindMaze
  • Linda Raines, CEO of the Mental Health Association of Maryland
  • Karen Olsen, Executive Director of the Center for the Future of Public Education
  • David Coleiro, Partner at Strategic North

You can explore the Summit Agenda here, and Register here. Please consider joining us and help reinvent brain health in the digital age!

Thankfully,

The SharpBrains Team

UNICEF launches interactive digital brain development tool for young children

children-brain-developmentUNICEF and H&M Foundation launch an interactive digital brain development tool for young children (press release):

“A digital tool that interactively shows how games and play stimulate brain development during early childhood launches today. The interactive Read the rest of this entry »

How to Optimize Brain Health at Any Age

Left to right: Howard Eaton, Alvaro Fernandez, Mark Watson.

Left to right: Howard Eaton, Alvaro Fernandez, Mark Watson.

Presentation delivered by Alvaro Fernandez at the Vancouver JCC, on November 3rd, hosted by Eaton Arrowsmith.

Description: Just like the rest of our body, the brain requires care, attention and proper exercise. Yet, we often ignore this most vital organ because few know where to begin. Based on The SharpBrains Guide to Brain Fitness: How to Optimize Brain Health and Performance at Any Age, named a Best Book by AARP, co-author Alvaro Fernandez will discuss exactly how to “use it or lose it,” offering a ground breaking new approach to harness neuroplasticity and improve brain health and performance at any age, from children to younger and older adults.

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