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Complementary and Alternative Medicine: Fair, Balanced, and to the Point
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    This blog is intended as an objective and dispassionate source of information on the latest CAM research. Since my background is in pharmacy and allopathic medicine, I view all CAM as advancing through the development pipeline to eventually become integrated into mainstream medical practice. Some will succeed while others fail. But all are treated fairly here.

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    John Russo, Jr., PharmD, is president of The MedCom Resource, Inc. Previously, he was senior vice president of medical communications at www.Vicus.com, a complementary and alternative medicine website.

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    Is there a relationship between omega-3 and childrens’ behavior?

    It’s suggested that omega-3 fatty acids might have an effect on disorders such as ADHD, autism, and dyslexia.

    Researchers from the University of Wales, in Newport, UK looked for an association between omega-3 tissue levels and learning and behavior in school-aged children.

    First, the details.

    • Cheek cell samples from 411 school children were collected and analyzed to establish the range in this population.
    • Teachers and parents assessed general classroom attention and behavior in these children.
    • Cognitive performance was evaluated for an association between behavior and/or cognitive performance vs omega-3 levels.

    And, the results.

    • Reading, spelling, and intelligence showed no association with omega-3 levels.
    • Some associations were noted with the level of omega-3 fatty acids and teacher and parental reports of behavior.
      • Higher omega-3 levels were associated with decreased levels of inattention, hyperactivity, emotional and conduct difficulties
      • Higher omega-3 levels were associated with increased levels of prosocial behavior (helping and sharing for harmonious group relations).

    The bottom line?

    The results suggest an association between higher omega-3 levels in cheek cells and more appropriate behavioral activities in children.

    Now, it might be useful to do the same study in children with ADHD, using these data as a baseline.

    4/23/10 22:34 JR

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