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Distinct Brain Patterns Found In Kids With ADHD

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Brain ImageWhat if a brain scan could tell us if a child has ADHD? New research implies we may be one step closer to making this a reality. Preliminary findings from a new study indicate that children with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder have different and distinct brain patterns when processing visual information. An article from WebMD detailing the information presented in Chicago at the Radiological Society Of North America’s annual meeting states the following:

Researchers used a specialized brain scan called a functional MRI to watch brain activity in 18 children aged 9 to 15 with ADHD and 18 children of the same ages without the disorder…

The test requires the children to pay attention and visualize, remember ,and compare the numbers, says study leader Xiaobo Li, PhD, assistant professor of radiology at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York City.

‘What we found,’ she tells WebMD, ‘is that the pattern of brain activity for processing visual attention information looks a little different in children with ADHD.’

Specifically, the scans of children with ADHD showed less activity in brain regions involved in visual attention and working memory, Li says.

So what does this information mean for children and families dealing with ADHD? While peer review and more research is needed to confirm the findings, the information underscores Dr. Robert Melillo’s theory that brain function and communication are different for children with neuro-behavioral disorders.

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