Kids with ADHD have nearly 50% less tryptophan

Dec 22, 2012 by

A study in Sweden found that kids with ADHD have nearly 50% less tryptophan, an amino acid (protein) which helps produce dopamine, serotonin and noradrenaline....

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Effectiveness of One-on-One Brain Training on Memory and Processing Speed...

Dec 18, 2012 by

Doctoral Dissertation Examines the Effectiveness of One-on-One Brain Training on Memory and Processing Speed in Adolescents In his doctoral dissertation, Brian Pfister studied the scores of 1,277 adolescents, tested before and after cognitive rehabilitation therapy, to determine what kind of impact the cognitive exercises had on students’ working memory and processing speed. The cognitive rehabilitation therapy in which the students participated was LearningRx one-on-one brain training. Students were tested before and after LearningRx brain training using the Woodcock Johnson III, a third-party, standardized cognitive skills assessment used by psychologists, educators and other professionals across the nation. Pfister’s findings were that, in the students studied, LearningRx brain training improved processing speed by an average of 15 percentile points, and also increased age-equivalency scores by 2.27 years. In working memory, the gains were even greater: LearningRx brain training improved working memory by an average of 21 percentile points, and the increase in age equivalence was 3.34 years. In his conclusion, Pfister writes, “This study definitely answers the question as to whether cognitive rehabilitation therapy works. The answer is an emphatic ‘yes.’” Download the full study here:...

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There’s a new strategy to assess concussions in youth sports...

Dec 12, 2012 by

It’s called “teleconcussion” and it’s used to manage and follow-up on athletes with concussions using remote access technology. You can read it here:...

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New concussion test for young athletes

Dec 7, 2012 by

There’s a new concussion test for young athletes available through the University of Mississippi Medical Center. The results not only reveal if a concussion has occurred, but also when it’s safe for the athlete to play again.

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MRIs show the brain radically restructures during coma

Dec 6, 2012 by

The brain radically restructures in comatose (non-traumatized) patients. Using functional MRIs, they found that while the “overall cerebral connectivity” remains, some regions are less connected than in non-comatose patients. In addition, the normally less densely connected regions (in non-comatose patients) become “hubs” when the patient is comatose....

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Study shows CTE in pro, college and high school athletes

Dec 5, 2012 by

A study from the Boston University Center for the Study of Traumatic Encephalopathy shows CTE in 68 cases. Of the 68, 34 were former pro football players, nine only played football in college, and six only played football in high school!...

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