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Tomorrow's Health: Training Can Help ADHD Kids Focus
Story Updated: Feb 18, 2014
Specialized training could help kids with ADHD.
Also, our report looks at the long-lasting effects of bullying and how loneliness can be bad for your health.
Help For ADHD
A new study in the journal Pediatrics finds children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder can improve their ability to focus by using specialized computer training at school.
The training involved neurofeedback, in which the computer shows and tells children in real time whether or not they are staying on task.
Researchers say neurofeedback can actually change children's brainwave patterns.
Lasting Effects Of Bullying
Another study in Pediatrics shows the physical and mental health effects of bullying linger long after the actual bullying stops.
Over 4,000 children were surveyed three times -- in the fifth, seventh and 10th grades. Researchers found children who were no longer bullied showed signs of depression and had lower self worth.
Loneliness & Health
Extreme loneliness can increase an older person's chances of premature death by 14 percent, according to research at the University of Chicago.
A psychology professor conducted the study that found the impact of loneliness is nearly as strong at the impact of poverty, which increases the chances of dying by 19 percent.
Health issues linked to severe loneliness include lack of sleep, high blood pressure and depression.