Heavy Smoking May Increase Likelihood of Tourette’s Syndrome in Newborns

Chronic smoking blackens your lungs, blocks your arteries, and causes bad breath. But how does excessive pregnant puffing affect the unborn child? Could the drag of a smoke while pregnant cause Tourette’s syndrome? Between 1996 and 2002, the Danish National Birth Cohort (DNBC) interviewed, observed, and collected data about the lifestyle, health, and habits of…Read more »

Sitting Still for Star Wars: Children with ADHD only Squirm when they Learn

Learning generates squirming in children with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), finds a 2017 study by researchers at the University of Central Florida. Children with ADHD experience deficits in attention, combined with excess physical activity. The new findings show that children with ADHD wriggle and squirm twice as much as typically developing children when attempting…Read more »

ADHD Medication and Tics

Current research by the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry reports that medications used to treat symptoms of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) do not exacerbate tics in children. ADHD is a common childhood disorder marked by impulsive behaviour and an inability to concentrate. The findings of the study are particularly pertinent because most…Read more »

Working Memory and Reading

Reading difficulties observed in children with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) may result from deficits in working memory, states a new study by researchers at the University of Central Florida. ADHD is a common childhood disorder marked by impulsive behaviour and an inability to concentrate. The 2017 study examined schoolboys with ADHD and linked poor…Read more »