Health Alert 7-2-12

By: Gina Pitisci Email
By: Gina Pitisci Email

July 2, 2012 - Timing can be very important when it comes to taking medication for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. Researchers in Iceland found a link between the age kids begin taking ADHD medication, and how they do on standardized tests, particularly math. They looked at nearly 12 thousand seventh graders and found those who had been on medication for a longer period of time did better academically. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control Prevention reported that, since 2007, 5.4 million children between the ages of 4 and 17 have been diagnosed with ADHD and 66 percent stated that they were taking medication to help treat their symptoms.

Also, you can improve your memory while you sleep. A study published in Nature Neuroscience had participants play two musical tunes while awake, then had one of the songs played back for them while they napped. The people better remembered the tune they heard in their sleep. Researchers say the study raises questions as to whether the sleep technique can be used to help improve linguistic, athletic, or other skills.

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