Common pesticides during pregnancy boost ADHD risk in children – Children who were exposed to common, organophosphate pesticides while still in their mother’s womb were more likely to develop attention-deficit disorders years later, according to a new study by researchers at the University of California, Berkeley. The study raises the public health issue of whether organic produce might be a better choice for […]

ADHD linked to exposure to common polyfluoroalkyl chemicals – A link between attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in children and exposure to polyfluoroalkyl chemicals (PFCs) – industrial compounds which are widely used in many consumer products – has been uncovered by a new study led by a team of Boston University School of Public Health researchers. Published online, ahead of print, in the […]

ADHD linked to organophosphate pesticide exposure in children – Exposure to organophosphate pesticides at relatively common levels is associated with increased risk of Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) in children, according to a team of scientists from the University of Montreal and Harvard University. Published in the journal Pediatrics, the investigation found a connection between exposure to pesticides and the presence of symptoms of ADHD. The […]

New deep pressure vest for children with autism, sensory integration problems – Children with autism and ADHD may soon get anxiety relief from a novel “deep-pressure” vest developed by Brian Mullen at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. The vest, which can also be used for adults with mental illness, delivers a “portable hug” called deep pressure touch stimulation (DPTS). “People with developmental disorders and mental […]

From illegal immigrant to brain surgeon

Don’t miss this great story! “Terra Firma – A Journey from Migrant Farm Labor to Neurosurgery” chronicles Johns Hopkins neurosurgeon Alfredo Quinones’ amazing journey from illegal immigrant, migrant farm worker to prominent Johns Hopkins neurosurgeon and brain cancer researcher. The compelling story will appear in the August 9, 2007 issue of the New England Journal […]

Eating liver pate increases amyloid disease risk?

Research on foie gras and amyloid raises questions even about commercial corn-fed beef. University of Tennessee – A link between foie gras prepared from goose or duck liver and the type of amyloid found in rheumatoid arthritis or tuberculosis has been discovered by a team led by Alan Solomon, M.D., director of the Human Immunology […]

Rozerem sleeping pill does not affect balance or memory

Two recent studies demonstrated that the sleep medication ROZEREM (ramelteon) did not affect body sway at peak plasma levels, nor did it impair middle-of-the-night balance, mobility or memory performance in patients who suffer from chronic insomnia. The results of the studies were presented at the 21st Annual Meeting of the Associated Professional Sleep Societies (APSS). […]