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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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