The C.A.M. Report
Complementary and Alternative Medicine: Fair, Balanced, and to the Point
  • About this web log

    This blog ran from 2006 to 2016 and was 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.

  • About the author

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

  • Common sense considerations

    The material on this weblog is for informational purposes. It is not medical advice or counsel. Be smart, consult your health professional before using CAM.

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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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