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  1. Girls With Autism Fare Worse Than Boys: Study

    By Maureen Salamon HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, May 13, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- While girls are far less likely than boys to be diagnosed with autism, girls with the developmental disorder show more impairments compared to their healthy female peers than comparable sets of boys do, new research su

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  2. Can ADHD Be a Gift?

    Kids with ADHD have "gifts" -- and by helping them develop these gifts, parents can give their children more control over problem behaviors, a child psychologist argues in her popular book. In The Gift of ADHD, child psychologist Lara Honos-Webb, PhD, tells parents not to focus on words like "defici

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  3. 7 Brain Foods for Kids

    As fast as children whiz from classroom to activity to home and back again, their brains are just as rapidly growing and changing. The foods they eat are important. "These years are critical for brain development, and what they eat affects focus and cognitive skills," says psychiatrist Drew Ramsey,

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  4. ADHD Drug Holidays: Should Your Kid Take One?

    Are you thinking about giving your child weekends off or even a summer-long break from his ADHD medications? It may work just fine. Your child may regain his appetite and catch up on his growth. (Some ADHD drugs may slow this.) Then again, a medication vacation may unleash the very behaviors that ha

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  5. ADHD in Preschool Kids

    How early is too early to tell if your toddler or preschooler might have ADHD? Most children aren’t checked for ADHD until they’re school age, but kids as young as 4 can be diagnosed, according to guidelines set by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). At that age, many kids are active and impul

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  6. Parkinson's Protein May Spur Immune Response

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, May 12, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- A protein known to accumulate in Parkinson's disease and other degenerative brain disorders activates the brain's immune defenses, researchers say. The protein is called a-synuclein. The researchers noted that diseases suc

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  7. 8 Tips for Talking With Your Child About ADHD

    If your child has ADHD, it’s important to talk with him about it. "It's never too early to start talking with your child about his ADHD," says Patricia Collins, PhD, director of the Psychoeducational Clinic at North Carolina State University. You want them to be involved, to understand, and to be on

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  8. Disciplining a Child With ADHD

    If your child has ADHD, should you discipline him in a different way than with your other children? The answer might surprise you. "ADHD is a challenge, not necessarily an excuse for kids," says Steven L. Pastyrnak, PhD, of the Helen DeVos Children's Hospital in Michigan. Still, you might need to be

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  9. Is ADHD Real?

    Do you know someone who questions whether ADHD exists? To understand where they’re coming from, it helps to take a step back and look at the big picture. All the major medical groups -- including the American Academy of Pediatrics, American Medical Association, American Psychiatric Association, and

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  10. ADHD Tied to Eating Disorder Risk in Kids, Teens

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter FRIDAY, May 1, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Children with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) have an increased risk of a certain type of eating disorder, according to a new study. The eating disorder is called loss of control eating syndrome (LOC-ES). As

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