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Untangling the Myths About Attention DisorderGoody Blog Daily News Roundup
As recently as 2002, an international group of leading neuroscientists found it necessary to publish a statement arguing passionately that attention deficit hyperactivity disorder was a real condition.

In the face of “overwhelming” scientific evidence, they complained, A.D.H.D. was regularly portrayed in the media as “myth, fraud or benign condition” — an artifact of too-strict teachers, perhaps, or too much television.

In recent years, it has been rarer to hear serious doubt that the disorder really exists, and the evidence explaining its neurocircuitry and genetics has become more convincing and more complex. (New York Times)

Mickey Moves to Another Screen
I have a serious question for Robert A. Iger, the president and chief executive of the Walt Disney Company: Did you get both hands on a Nintendo Wii controller and personally play through several hours of Disney Epic Mickey?

If so, perhaps you think that everyday game players have a lot more patience and a much higher tolerance for frustration than they do. And that is because Disney Epic Mickey is one of those enticing yet deeply flawed games that is a lot more fun to watch than to play. (New York Times)

Starting School Younger Equals Slimmer Students
Girls who start school early for their age are less likely than others to be obese as teens, according to new research.
The study, published today (Dec. 14) in the Journal of Adolescent Health, found that girls who started school early for their age had lower body mass indexes (BMI), a measure of fatness, as teens. The reason why starting school younger affects weight later isn’t known, said study researcher Ning Zhang of the University of Rochester School of Medicine. (MSNBC)

Our kids are all angels, study finds. Really?
There’s no shortage of bratty children in America, as anyone who stood in line to see Santa over the weekend can attest. But you wouldn’t know that from a new study of American families, which finds that 96 percent of the nation’s parents think their kids are pretty well-behaved, actually.
In fact, just 4 percent of parents admit their children are generally not well-behaved or obedient, according to a new government report on family health.  (Moms Today)

White House Drug Czar: Teen Marijuana Use on the Rise
Teenagers are beginning to think of marijuana as medicine, and more and more young people are toking up as a result, White House drug czar Gil Kerlikowske argues upon the release of a major survey on teenage drug use.

The 2010 Monitoring the Future Survey queried 50,000 eighth, 10th and 12th graders about their use of, and attitudes toward, illicit drugs. (ABC News)

The Office of National Drug Control Policy survey found that daily pot use among high school seniors is at 6.1 percent, its highest point since the early 1980s. In the past month, 21.4 percent of 12th graders said they had used marijuana, continuing an upward tick that began in the middle of the decade. Monthly, more seniors now smoke pot than cigarettes, a phenomenon not seen in nearly three decades.

Surgeon Creates Fingers for Toddler
When Laura Azzopardi gave birth to her son Gavin three years ago, she did what many new parents do, counting his fingers and toes. Gavin had five toes on each foot, but was born with just a pinky and thumb on each hand.

“It was a total shock when I had him,” Azzopardi told ABC News. Gavin was born with a congenital hand deformity, a condition with unknown causes.

Laura and her husband Keith were uncertain Gavin would ever have functional hands, until they found an article in People magazine. It was the very day they brought their newborn baby home from the hospital. (ABC News)

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