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Ryann’s Battle

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From “Profoundly Retarded” to Student of Law

Ryann and her mother describe the girl’s struggles to succeed in spite of dyslexia. (more…)

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Unfit for Duty

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One-Quarter Fail U.S. Army Entrance Exam

U.S. high school grads can’t pass the U.S. Army entrance exams. Soon, there may not be enough soldiers to maintain the U.S. Armed Forces. (more…)

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Learning to Cope

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Parenting the Child with PDD-NOS

The challenges of caring for a child with PDD-NOS are great, and include the need to deal with the insensitivities of the ignorant. But coping is possible if you have a network of support. (more…)

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Twin Issues

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Twin Study Proves Relationship between ADHD, Reading, Math

A study of twins proves a link between ADHD, reading difficulties, and math difficulties. (more…)

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Now You See it

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Magic Offers Autism Clues

One scientist was sure that people with autism wouldn’t be taken in by the vanishing-ball illusion. He was wrong. (more…)

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The Proof’s in the Pudding

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Food Additives and Hyperactivity

Do certain food additives worsen hyperactivity in kids with ADHD?

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For years now, moms and natural health gurus have claimed that certain foods or food additives increase hyperactivity in children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Is there any truth to these claims? The answer is a qualified “maybe.”

No Evidence

As yet, medical experts have found no evidence to support the idea that ingesting food additives will cause ADHD. However, more and more studies show that specific preservatives and food colorings may either worsen, or actually trigger symptoms of hyperactive behavior in at least some children. Because many of those studies looked at combinations of food additives and their effects on ADHD and hyperactivity, it’s difficult to know which specific additives are the true culprits.

The food additives that may worsen hyperactive behavior include:

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1- FD&C Yellow No. 5 also known as “tartrazine”

2-FD&C Yellow No. 6, also known as “sunset yellow”

3-D&C Yellow No. 10 also known as “quinolone yellow”

4-FD%C Red No. 40 also known as “allura red”

5-Sodium benzoate

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Research suggests that the worst of the bunch is FD&C Yellow No. 5, which seems to be most likely to cause a reaction compared to the other additives on the above list. FD&C Yellow No. 5 is found in beverages, candies, ice creams, custards, and many other foods. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) requires this additive to be clearly marked on food labels and packaging along with the other ingredients listed.

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No all food additives and colorings must be listed on food packaging, which can make it a chore to track down whether a particular food contains problematic ingredients. One good method for detecting the presence of additives is the color of the product. Any processed food that is brightly-colored should be assumed to contain at least one coloring agent/additive.

Experts still haven’t come to any conclusion on whether limiting specific foods might help stave off hyperactivity and symptoms of ADHD. But once you’re aware of the possible connection between diet and ADHD, you may be able to notice that certain foods seem to bring on a change in your child’s behavior.  It can’t hurt to try eliminating those foods from your child’s diet to see if his/her behavior improves.

However,  don’t put any drastic limits on your child’s diet without consulting your child’s physician. Any diet that cuts out whole food groups may end up putting your child’s health at risk, since your child may not be getting the nutrients and vitamins supplied by those foods. The best approach for any child’s wellbeing is a diet rich in nutrients and low in processed or sugary foods. Make sure your child’s diet includes lots of vegetables, fruits, grains, and healthy fats like omega-3 fatty acids. These healthy fats can be found in fish, walnuts, and flaxseed.

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Math Blindness

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Dyscalculia: Dyslexic Number Skills

You’ve heard of dyslexia, but probably haven’t heard of its kissing cousin dyscalculia, or math blindness. (more…)

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Radcliffe has Dyspraxia

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Action Scenes Help Him Cope

Harry Potter has a learning disability, but watching Daniel Radcliffe, you’d never know. (more…)

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Glued to Monitors

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Teen Internet Addiction

Does your child spend hours a day online? Is his behavior beginning to change? Maybe it’s time to seek help. (more…)

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Curing Dyslexia

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Is there a Solution for Dyslexia?

Can dyslexia be cured? Is there a solution for dyslexia? The answer is that it all depends upon a parent’s viewpoint. (more…)

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