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5 Must-Read Articles, and an Online Course, to Help Children with ADHD

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– Dr. David Rabin­er, Research Pro­fes­sor in the Depart­ment of Psy­chol­o­gy and Neu­ro­science at Duke Uni­ver­sity and founder of the Atten­tion Research Update.

Giv­en the ongo­ing changes and con­tro­ver­sies sur­round­ing ADHD diag­no­sis and treat­ment, let us high­light 5 key arti­cles writ­ten by Duke University’s Dr. David Rabin­er to sum­ma­rize recent sci­en­tif­ic find­ings and their impli­ca­tions, plus a very rel­e­vant online course to help par­ents and pro­fes­sion­als help chil­dren with ADHD.

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

  • Key insight: Evi­dence-based guide­lines from the Amer­i­can Acad­e­my of Pedi­atrics on the eval­u­a­tion and treat­ment of ADHD are fre­quent­ly not fol­lowed. Many chil­dren are diag­nosed with ADHD in the absence of clear­ly meet­ing DSM diag­nos­tic cri­te­ria, and behav­ioral treat­ment is rarely rec­om­mend­ed.
  • Key data point: Pedi­a­tri­cians pre­scribed ADHD med­ica­tion to rough­ly 93% of youth diag­nosed with ADHD. Doc­u­men­ta­tion that behav­ioral treat­ment was rec­om­mend­ed, how­ev­er, was present in only 13% of the charts.

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Update: Survey of scientific, technological & market trends revolutionizing Brain Health in our Digital Age

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Time for a new edi­tion of Sharp­Brains’ e-newslet­ter explor­ing the lat­est dig­i­tal brain health tech­nolo­gies, neu­ro­science find­ings and insights for  life­long brain health and men­tal health.

New tools:

New research:

New thinking:

 

Final­ly, here you are a fun brain teas­er to chal­lenge your frontal lobes.

 

We hope you enjoy all the neu­ro-stim­u­lat­ing read­ing 🙂

 

The Sharp­Brains Team

The Mediterranean Diet seen to substantially reduce brain shrinkage among older adults

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Less shrink­age: This is your aging brain on the Mediter­ranean diet (Los Ange­les Times):

The aging brain is a shrink­ing brain, and a shrink­ing brain is, gen­er­al­ly speak­ing, a brain whose per­for­mance and reac­tion time are declin­ing: That is a harsh real­i­ty of grow­ing old­er.

But new research shows that brain shrink­age is less pro­nounced in old­er folks whose diets Read the rest of this entry »

Now available — Online Course: How to Navigate Conventional and Complementary ADHD Treatments for Healthy Brain Development

ADHDTreatments_courseoutlineIn order to suc­cess­ful­ly pro­mote children’s healthy brain devel­op­ment, every par­ent whose child has been diag­nosed with ADHD should learn how to sys­tem­at­i­cal­ly nav­i­gate and mon­i­tor the range of poten­tial ADHD treat­ments based on the lat­est sci­en­tif­ic evi­dence. This course aims at pro­vid­ing the nec­es­sary infor­ma­tion, frame­works and toolk­its to make well-informed deci­sions, in con­junc­tion with pro­fes­sion­al advice, about med­ica­tion, behav­ioral ther­a­py, exer­cise, neu­ro­feed­back, work­ing mem­o­ry train­ing, med­i­ta­tion, diet and sup­ple­ments.

By the end of this 6-hour online, self-paced course par­tic­i­pants will have gained the under­stand­ing and infor­ma­tion required to nav­i­gate, pri­or­i­tize and mon­i­tor ADHD treat­ments, both con­ven­tion­al and com­ple­men­tary, to max­i­mize short-term and long-term healthy brain devel­op­ment for chil­dren with ADHD. Click HERE to learn more and pur­chase access (20%-off dis­count code: SB20)

Digital brain health start-up Neurotrack raises $6.5m to market cognitive assessment and intervention

healthcareITNeu­ro­track rais­es $6.5M for cog­ni­tive assess­ment tool, man­age­ment pro­gram (Mobi­Health News):

Palo Alto-based Neu­ro­track, which has devel­oped an online cog­ni­tive assess­ment test, raised $6.5 mil­lion in a round led by Khosla Ven­tures with par­tic­i­pa­tion from Social Cap­i­tal, Founders Fund, AME Cloud Ven­tures, and iSeed Ven­tures. Read the rest of this entry »

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