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Study of Elite Paralympic Athletes Supports Benefits of Exercise for Children with Cerebral Palsy

Posted: 05/18/16 19:17

For highly trained Paralympic athletes with cerebral palsy (CP), bone mineral density and other measures of body composition are similar to those of able-bodied adults of similar age, reports a study in the American Journal of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, the official journal of the Association of Academic Physiatrists. The journal is published by Wolters Kluwer. While elite-level athletes with hemiplegic CP still have reduced muscle mass on the side of their body affected by...

For ADHD, Start With Behavior Therapy, Not Drugs: CDC

Posted: 05/11/16 18:12

Behavior modification therapy is preferable to drugs for treating children 2 to 5 years old who have attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, U.S. health officials say. "Behavior therapy has been shown to help improve symptoms in young children with ADHD and can be as effective as medicine, but without the side effects," said Dr. Anne Schuchat, principal deputy director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. "Research has shown that the benefits of...

Northwestern to Pilot Program for Students with Intellectual Disabilities

Posted: 04/26/16 11:27

Northwestern College will pilot a new program, Northwestern NEXT, for college-age students with intellectual or developmental disabilities, during the 2016-17 school year. The two-year certificate program is for 18- to 22-year-olds with documented intellectual or developmental disabilities. Participants will live in a campus residence hall with a specially selected roommate/peer mentor, participate in campus activities and social events, and take individually customized classes in...

Key Gene in Development of Celiac Disease has Been Found in 'Junk' DNA

Posted: 04/20/16 18:23

40% of the population carry the main risk factor for celiac disease but only 1% develop the disease. A newly found gene that influences its development has been found in what until recently has been known as 'junk' DNA. Celiac disease is a chronic, immunological disease that is manifested as intolerance to gluten proteins present in wheats to an inflammatory reaction in the small intestine that hampers the absorption of nutrients. The only treatment is a strict, life-long, gluten-free...

Fragile X research

Posted: 04/13/16 18:02

Researchers have new findings on fragile X, an autism-linked genetic disorder. Fragile X Syndrome (FXS) is an inherited cause of intellectual disability, especially among boys. It results in a spectrum of intellectual disabilities ranging from mild to severe, as well as physical characteristics, such as an elongated face, large or protruding ears, and large testes. Accompanying behavioral characteristics include stereotypic movements, such as hand-flapping, and social...

Children with Heart Issues Benefit from Treating Entire Family

Posted: 04/06/16 18:44

A newly published national study by the Children's Hospital of Michigan and Wayne State University School of Medicine researchers shows that "parental impact and family functioning" become increasingly abnormal when children with cardiomyopathy-related chronic heart disease are more severely ill than children less affected by the disease. The findings, published in the March 2016 issue of the Journal of Pediatrics, appear to suggest that "chronic...

Schools Warned On Shortened Schedules For Those With Disabilities

Posted: 03/30/16 19:26

Like many 16-year-olds, Franklin High sophomore Jerry Grimmer loves to pal around with his friends and favorite adults at school. When his teacher, Stephanie Haynes, headed to a faculty meeting, leaving Jerry's special education class in the hands of teacher's aides, Grimmer piped in: "You want me to handle the class, Mrs. H?" She suggested he read aloud to the class, and he did. A full school day is a welcome change for the Southeast Portland teen. For an entire school year,...

Kids Who Aren't Ready for Kindergarten May Suffer Long-Term Consequences

Posted: 03/23/16 18:11

Children entering kindergarten need to be socially and behaviorally ready for school or they may struggle in later grades, a new study suggests. "In 2015, kindergarten teachers rated more than half of students behind in social and behavioral skills needed for learning, and it's painful for the children who want to succeed, but become frustrated and hopeless," study author Deborah Gross, a professor of mental health and psychiatric nursing at Johns Hopkins University in...

Children Born Prematurely are Disadvantaged at School But Delaying School Entry May Not Be the Answer

Posted: 03/16/16 12:22

Children born before 34 weeks gestation have poorer reading and maths skills than those born at full term, and the difficulties they experience at school continue to have effects into adulthood: by the age of 42, adults who were born prematurely have lower incomes and are less likely to own their own home than those born at full term. These findings are from a study led by Professor Dieter Wolke at the University of Warwick and funded by the Nuffield Foundation. The study analysed data...

ADHD Meds Tied to Lower Bone Density in Kids

Posted: 03/09/16 17:44

Children on medications for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) may have lower bone density than their peers, a new U.S. study suggests. Using data from a government health survey, researchers found that children taking ADHD medications had, on average, lower bone density in the hip and lumbar spine (lower back) than kids not on the drugs. These prescription medications included stimulants such as Ritalin and Adderall, and nonstimulants,...

Exercise + Classwork May = Better Math Scores

Posted: 03/02/16 17:11

Schoolchildren may have an easier time learning if exercise is part of their math and spelling lessons, a new study suggests. Dutch researchers found that second- and third-graders given "physically active" lessons did better on math and spelling tests, compared with their peers who learned the old-fashioned way. Experts not involved with the study called the findings "encouraging." But they also said it's too soon to push for...

Accessibility Concerns Highlighted At Grammys

Posted: 02/24/16 17:39

While presenting at the Grammys, Stevie Wonder took the opportunity to call attention to the needs of people with disabilities. Wonder, who was on stage with the a cappella group Pentatonix to present the award for song of the year, teased that only he could read the card with the winner's name because it was written in Braille. "You can't read it. You can't read Braille. Na, na, na, na, na, na," Wonder joked during the Grammy Awards Monday night.<span style="font-family:...

Uncorrected Eye Problem Linked to Learning Issues for Preschoolers

Posted: 02/17/16 17:19

Preschool children with uncorrected farsightedness are at risk for literacy problems, new research suggests. The study included nearly 500 children, aged 4 and 5, who had either moderate farsightedness (hyperopia) or normal vision. Those with uncorrected farsightedness had much lower scores on a test of early literacy than those with normal vision. This was particularly true on the portion of the test that assessed a child's ability to identify letters...

Drug May Jump-Start Communication In Those With Autism

Posted: 02/10/16 18:07

A widely-available medication may be able to significantly improve conversation skills in individuals with autism with as little as one dose, a new study suggests. Those with high-functioning autism who took the beta-blocker propranolol showed greatly improved communication abilities just an hour after taking a 40-milligram dose, according to findings published online recently in the journal Psychopharmacology. "While its intended...

Excess Weight Has 'Unexpected' Effect on Puberty Onset in Boys

Posted: 02/03/16 12:12

Excess weight can delay or speed up puberty in young boys, depending on how many extra pounds they carry, a new study suggests. Overweight boys tend to enter and finish puberty somewhat earlier than usual, researchers found in a study of nearly 3,900 males aged 6 to 16. But boys who have become obese appear to go through puberty slower than boys who weigh less, according to study results published Jan. 27 in the...

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