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Memory Training May Boost Improvement in Problem Solving Tasks
Several recent studies have been looking at ways that increased memory capacity can help your brain conduct other problem solving tasks.
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Memory Rehearsal During Sleep Impacts What You Remember Later
A new study shows that memory rehearsal has an impact on memory consolidation for later use.
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Children with Sleep Apnea found to have Higher Incidence of Learning and Behavior Problems
A new study found that obstructive sleep apnea, a common form of sleep-disordered breathing (SDB), is associated with increased rates of ADHD-like behavioral problems in children as well as other adaptive and learning problems.
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Mindfulness may Boost Reading Comprehension, Working Memory and Focusing
According to a study by researchers at the UC Santa Barbara, as little as two weeks of mindfulness training can significantly improve one's reading comprehension, working memory capacity, and ability to focus.
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Diagnoses of ADHD Increasing in Kids
A new study of health records from California suggests that rates of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) have jumped by 24 percent since 2001.
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Biological Marker of Dyslexia Discovered: Ability to Consistently Encode Sound Undergirds the Reading Process
Northwestern University researchers report they have found a biological mechanism that appears to play an important role in the reading process.
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Talking to Your Baby May Decrease risk of ADHD
One study data showed researchers that decreases in communication from the mother is related to the odds of a child developing ADHD later in life.
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Physical Activity May Help Students with ADHD Focus
The results of a small study indicated that exercise helped students with ADHD focus on math problems and reading.  Although not conclusive evidence, it does suggest that there may be worthwhile alternatives to medication to help improve focus on cognitive tasks.
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Early Behavioral Intervention May Lessen Autistic Symptoms
A new study suggests that with early behavioral interventions the brain’s plasticity allows for change in some children with mild autism which may increase IQ scores and changes the brain’s activity reactions.
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Rethinking Reading Instruction
A recent study suggests that specific instruction related to variations in words may help some struggling and early readers learn to read more easily.
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Visual Attention and Dyslexia
New research published in Current Biology in April, 2012 reveals the causal connection between early difficulties with visual attention and subsequent diagnoses of dyslexia.  "Visual attention deficits are surprisingly way more predictive of future reading disorders than are language abilities at the pre-reading stage," said Andrea Facoetti of the University of Padua in Italy.  The research findings may lead to a new approach for early identification and intervention for children with reading difficulties.
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ADHD More than One Disorder
Research conducted at Oregon Health & Science University concluded that Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is more than one disorder. Instead it is a group of various versions of the disorder, each with its own impact.  This research suggests that a “one-size-fits-all” approach to treating patients may not be best and suggests new methods for characterizing individuals with ADHD.
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Boosting Acquisition of Reading Skills
A new study found that making specific references to print in books while reading to children (such as pointing to words and letter in the text and other concepts of print) give a boost to the acquisition of reading skills.
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Diet Benefits for ADHD
Researchers, along with child and adolescent psychiatrists, completed an extensive report that reviews the studies that have been done so far on the significance of diet for children diagnosed with ADHD. The review indicated potential benefits in changing the diets of some children with ADHD.
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