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Studies focused on children with attention disorders

October 30, 2009
A new study out of Taiwan indicates children with attention disorders are among those most affected by addictive use of the internet.

Researchers from Kaohsiung Medical University Hospital in Taiwan followed more than 2,000 seventh graders for two years and found that attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder and hostility issues were linked to internet addiction in children.

That doesn't surprise a communications expert at the Center for the Digital Future at the University of Southern California's Annenberg School for Communication.

"The study's indication that children who are hyperactive or diagnosed ADHD are finding an outlet on the Web makes such perfect sense," said Michael Gilbert, a senior fellow at the center, adding that children with attention problems crave the constant stimulation of fast-paced video games and interactive social networks.

An ongoing study at North Shore University Hospital, is testing medications that may reduce aggressive behavior in children who have attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Children with attention deficit disorder (ADD) are being tested to see if their aggression is still a problem after they have had adequate treatment with a stimulant medication.

The clinical trial is one of several in progress in the area of children's health by North Shore-Long Island Jewish Health System researchers.ADNFCR-2730-ID-19436978-ADNFCR
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