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Addressing cognitive deficits due to ADHD or leukemia/ brain tumor treatments

fog brainThe Sci­ence Behind ‘Brain Train­ing’ (The Atlantic):

Julie Schweitzer, direc­tor of the ADHD Pro­gram at the Uni­ver­si­ty of Cal­i­for­nia in Davis’s MIND Insti­tute, con­duct­ed a ran­dom­ized study of chil­dren diag­nosed with ADHD. When pub­lished in July 2012 in the jour­nal Neu­rother­a­peu­tics, Schweitzer’s study found that chil­dren in the place­bo group spent just as much time off-task at the end of the study as they had at the begin­ning, but those who trained on Cogmed sharply increased the amount of time they spent doing school work…Children who have sur­vived can­cer are anoth­er group often in need of cog­ni­tive reha­bil­i­ta­tion. “Some­where around 20 to 40 per­cent of chil­dren treat­ed for leukemia will end up with cog­ni­tive changes over time,” said Kristi­na K. Hardy, a neu­ropsy­chol­o­gist at Children’s Nation­al Med­ical Cen­ter in Wash­ing­ton, D.C. “For those treat­ed for brain tumors, the fig­ure is con­ser­v­a­tive­ly around 60 to 80 per­cent.”

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