• Weather Related Stories & Alerts
    Weather Related Stories & Alerts
  • Wildfire Alerts
    Wildfire Alerts
  • Obama: ISIS Speech: Full Video
    Obama: ISIS Speech: Full Video
  • Obamacare Updates
    Obamacare Updates
  • Joan Rivers - Diary of a Mad Diva
    Joan Rivers - Diary of a Mad Diva

Special News Reports Special Reports

   
Back You are here: Special Reports > Consumer News > Consumer Daily Reports > Researchers suspect ADHD may be linked to lack of sunlight

Researchers suspect ADHD may be linked to lack of sunlight

Incidence of the disorder has grown as kids spend more time inside

By Daryl Nelson of ConsumerAffairs
May 20, 2013

PhotoFor most children getting a good amount of sunlight and sleep go hand in hand. A great day for a typical child is running around on a sunny day, scarfing down whatever junk food he or she can get their hands on and then heading home for some rest.

But kids who stay inside all day and don't get enough sleep at night could face problems like obesity, lacking focus at school and low energy.

And for children living with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), not getting enough sunlight and sleep could be making their condition even worse.

For years, researchers have been studying the internal factors that lead to children who have ADHD, but now a group of researchers are looking at external factors, known as "The 3 S's" -- sunlight, sleep and screens.

Eugene Arnold, MD, a psychiatrist and ADHD expert at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center's Nisonger Center said looking at external factors allowed him to learn new things about children with ADHD.

"This opens up new vistas for us, new things to be investigated that maybe we hadn't quite thought about before," he said.

It's not only a lack of sun and sleep that could be harming children with ADHD, the amount of TV and computer time they get could be worsening their condition too.

More sun, less ADHD

PhotoInterestingly, places that have more sunlight have fewer cases of ADHD, researchers found. Places like Arizona, Colorado, California, Spain and Mexico, are all considered "sunny" regions because of the high solar intensity in these areas, and all of these places have a fewer ADHD patients. 

And places that have less sunlight have more cases of ADHD, researchers say.

"It's about a 2-to-1 ratio. There are many possible explanations. For example, with more sunlight maybe kids get out more to play and get more of the exercise that, increasingly, we know is good for brain function," Arnold said.

According to recent statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), around 6.4 million children have received an ADHD diagnosis in their lifetime, which is a 16% increase since 2007 and a 53% increase in the last 10 years.

Over-diagnosed

However, many believe that children are being diagnosed too quickly with the mental disorder, and that some parents are eager to give their children medication as a fast cure for hyperactivity.

"There's no way that one in five high school boys has ADHD," said James Swanson, professor of psychiatry at Florida International University, in an interview with the New York Times.

"If we start treating children who do not have this disorder with stimulants, a certain percentage are going to have problems that are predictable -- some of them are going to end up with abuse and dependence. And with all those pills around, how much of that actually goes to friends? Some studies have said it's about 30 percent," Swanson said.

Tim Sutton, the Commissioner of Alamance County in North Carolina agrees and says there seems to be a desire to nudge parents into believing their child has ADHD.

"I am concerned about our children," he said in an interview with a local news outlet. "They are claiming that there are thousands of kids in this county who have got attention deficit disorder and I'm not saying we don't have some but the ratio I think probably is higher than it would be because I think there is too much of an effort to push families and children into it."

More drugs

And more kids being diagnosed with ADHD, obviously means more kids are being prescribed powerful drugs like Ritalin and Adderall.

Photo

Out of the 6.4 million children who were diagnosed with the mental disorder, two-thirds were prescribed those or similar drugs, statistics show. According to researchers at the U.S. National Institute of Mental Health, children aged 6 to 12 were prescribed ADHD drugs the most.

And some people question how effective ADHD drugs are -- specifically Ritalin -- when taken over long periods of time.

In a study published in the medical journal PLOS ONE, researchers found that long-term use of Ritalin could lower the efficacy of the drug and when patients stop taking it, their symptoms could get worse.

Of course future studies will be done on ADHD, Ritalin and children, as the mental disorder has been quite the hot topic among researchers and parents for quite some time.

But until then, researchers at Wexner Medical Center believe that external factors like TV and computer use have to be considered if we want to know more about children and ADHD.

"There's a correlation with things like irritability, impulsiveness, inattentiveness -- which are core symptoms of ADHD," said Arnold. "And what's robbing them of sleep may be their computer and TV screens. They emit a blue light that could be disrupting melatonin, which is the hormone that helps regulate sleep. Children's duration of sleep has decreased over the past decade or two, since the introduction of those electronic devices." 




Get Full Details From News Source


Researchers suspect ADHD may be linked to lack of sunlight


Related News Stories From The Web And More

Related Bing News Search


lack, sunlight, linked, adhd, suspect, researchers - Bing News

  • Researchers suspect ADHD may be linked to lack of sunlight

    (Sun, 19 May 2013 17:28:00 GMT)

    For most children getting a good amount of sunlight and sleep go hand in hand. A great day for a typical child is running around on a sunny day, scarfing down whatever junk food he or she can get their hands on and then heading home for some rest.

    Researchers Suspect 3 “S’s” to Be Contributing Factors in Rise of ADHD Rates

    (Wed, 22 May 2013 06:06:53 GMT)

    With statistics like these, it’s no wonder that ADHD has been a hot topic among parents, health care professionals, researchers ... it be too far-fetched to consider that maybe this lack of sleep, sunlight and too much screen time is leading to an ...

    Sun's blood pressure benefits 'may outdo cancer risks'

    (Tue, 07 May 2013 17:00:00 GMT)

    UV rays were found to release a compound that lowers blood pressure. Researchers said more studies would be carried out to determine if it is time to reconsider advice on skin exposure. Heart disease and stroke linked to high blood pressure are estimated ...

    Exposure to Sunlight Linked to Reduced Heart Diseases: Study

    (Tue, 07 May 2013 23:20:00 GMT)

    A recent study conducted by researchers at the University of Edinburgh ... But the levels of vitamin D remained unaffected in both sessions. "We suspect that the benefits to heart health of sunlight will outweigh the risk of skin cancer.

    Sun Exposure Benefits May Outweigh Risks Say Scientists

    (Wed, 08 May 2013 05:08:00 GMT)

    Scientists at the UnIversity of Edinburgh in the UK suggest that the heart-health benefits of sun exposure may outweigh the risk of developing skin cancer. In the landmark study, the researchers ... stroke and heart disease linked to high blood pressure.

    Sunshine could benefit health and prolong life, study suggests

    (Tue, 07 May 2013 20:49:00 GMT)

    Exposing skin to sunlight may help to reduce blood pressure, cut the risk of heart attack and stroke - and even prolong life, a study suggests. Researchers have shown ... Heart disease and stroke linked to high blood pressure are estimated to lead to ...

    Lack of ambient sunshine during pregnancy linked to MS risk

    (Wed, 09 Jun 2010 17:00:00 GMT)

    According to background information in the study, low vitamin D levels have been linked with a higher risk of MS. The researchers suspect that variations in exposure to sunlight during pregnancy may influence the development of the central nervous system ...

    ADHD Linked to Impaired Motor Cortex Inhibition

    (Wed, 16 Feb 2011 15:12:00 GMT)

    February 16, 2011 — Two new studies provide evidence that attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), a condition characterized by lack of focus ... the one that is executing voluntary movements. Researchers measured finger-tapping tasks and ...

    The sun is shining... and it will help you beat cancer

    (Sat, 08 Sep 2012 16:01:24 GMT)

    More sunlight ... light was linked to a reduced risk of various cancers including prostate, kidney, colon and bladder. This research also accounted for other risk factors including diet, exercise and smoking habits. Experts suspect the role that sunlight ...

    High-salt diet linked to MS

    (Wed, 06 Mar 2013 17:27:00 GMT)

    Other researchers ... genes that have been linked to various forms of autoimmune diseases and predispose a person to developing autoimmune diseases. "But we also suspect that environmental factors - infection, smoking and lack of sunlight and Vitamin ...

    lack, sunlight, linked, adhd, suspect, researchers

    Related Bing Web Search


    Bing: lack, sunlight, linked, adhd, suspect, researchers

  • Canada | News | Toronto Sun

    (Thu, 11 Sep 2014 16:18:00 GMT)

    National news and breaking headlines from across Canada reported on by the Toronto Sun. Follow and comment on issues that you care about.

    September 10, 2014 - Daily Dose - HealthCentral

    (Thu, 11 Sep 2014 21:18:00 GMT)

    The virus commonly known as the "stomach flu" can spread through a building in a matter of hours through something as simple as a contaminated elevator button or ...

    Albinism - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    (Wed, 10 Sep 2014 22:53:00 GMT)

    Albinism (from Latin albus, "white"; see extended etymology, also called achromia, achromasia, or achromatosis) is a congenital disorder characterized by the complete ...

    Top Ten Legal Drugs Linked to Violent Behavior

    (Thu, 11 Sep 2014 18:48:00 GMT)

    Some medications have been linked to an increased risk for violent, even homicidal behavior. A recent study identified 31 drugs that are disproportionately linked ...

    Is ADHD Caused by Insufficient Dietary Fat ? - CSAIL People

    (Wed, 10 Sep 2014 17:23:00 GMT)

    seneff@csail.mit.edu November 2, 2009 French translation created by Vicky Rotarova Note: The topic of this essay is unrelated to my research at MIT.

    ADHD : Disease Proof

    (Tue, 09 Sep 2014 01:25:00 GMT)

    Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder is the most common neurobehavioral disorder diagnosed in children, and its prevalence is growing. Between 2003 and 2007 ...

    Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder - Wikipedia, the ...

    (Tue, 09 Sep 2014 20:16:00 GMT)

    Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD, similar to hyperkinetic disorder in the ICD-10) is a psychiatric disorder of the neurodevelopmental type in which ...

    Technology and Science News - ABC News

    (Thu, 11 Sep 2014 22:30:00 GMT)

    Get the latest science news and technology news, read tech reviews and more at ABC News.

    Sunshine could benefit health and prolong life, study ...

    (Wed, 08 May 2013 03:13:00 GMT)

    Researchers have shown that when our skin is exposed to the sun's rays, a compound is released in our blood vessels that helps lower blood pressure.

    Mobile, Alabama Real-Time News - al.com

    (Fri, 12 Sep 2014 02:33:00 GMT)

    Jobs training, Helen Keller Hospital, Magee Farm fire sale and cold hard cash for homes top AL.com's Wednesday business news +

    lack, sunlight, linked, adhd, suspect, researchers

    Related Yahoo News Search


    lack, sunlight, linked, adhd, suspect, researchers - Yahoo News Search Results

  • No items found
  • lack, sunlight, linked, adhd, suspect, researchers

    Related News Story Videos


    Video Players Will Load Here


    lack, sunlight, linked, adhd, suspect, researchers

    Blow Us A Whistle

    Comments (Whistles) Designed By Disqus

    Search results
    consumer
    PRIVACY POLICY
    We recommend Firefox 3 (and above) and Chrome for dynamic performance.
    Copyright; 2004-2014 RobinsPost (The Bird's Eye View Company) All rights reserved.
    News stories from trusted sources. RobinsPost.com provides links to news sites based on their RSS feeds.
    All trademarks, copyrights, videos, photos and logos are owned by respective news sources.


    ESPN Live News Video Events Coverage and More!CNN Live News Video Coverage During The Day and More!MSNBC Live Video Coverage During The Day and More!US Active Amber Alerts From National Center for Missing & Exploited Children.

    ;CBS Live News Coverage During the Day and More!Fox News Video. Live Coverage During the Day and more!C-Span Live Politics Coverage During the Day and More!AP Associated Press Live News Coverage During the Day and More!.Univision Video News Special Coverage During the Day and More!Weather Channel Video. Live Video Coverage During The Day and More!RobinsPost Espanol Noticias


    ROBINSPOST.COM Is Proudly Made In America. - Where Quality, Safety and Service Comes First.