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School bullying laws exist in most states, U.S. Department of Education reports analysis of policies
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Most states now have bullying laws that require schools to adopt bullying policies, and efforts to combat school bullying have escalated over the last decade, according to a report released by the U.S. Department of Education. Between 1999 and 2010, more than 120 bills were adopted by state legislatures to introduce or amend legislation that address bullying, harassment or similar behavior in schools. By the time of the Education Department study's conclusion, there were 46 states with enacted anti-bullying laws, 36 with regulations that work against cyberbullying and 13 that give schools the authority to monitor and address bullying behavior even when it occurs off school grounds. More

The health risks of being left-handed
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Left-handers have been the subject of curiosity, stigma and even fear over the centuries. Researchers now, however, are recognizing the scientific importance of understanding why people use one hand or the other to write, eat or toss a ball. Handedness, as the dominance of one hand over the other is called, provides a window into the way our brains are wired, experts say. And it may help shed light on disorders related to brain development, like dyslexia, schizophrenia and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, or ADHD, which are more common in left-handed people. More

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Concern grows over special education vouchers in Florida
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As the number of private school voucher and scholarship programs for students with disabilities across the country grow, meeting a variety of challenges along the way, one lawmaker in Florida is taking a hard look at that state's program. Florida's McKay Scholarships Program is one of the oldest private school voucher options for students with disabilities. Over the summer, the Miami New Times wrote a scathing piece about some of the schools that accept the vouchers. Here's one description: Two hundred students were crammed into ever-changing school locations, including a dingy strip-mall space above a liquor store and down the hall from an Asian massage parlor. Eventually, fire marshals and sheriffs condemned the "campus" as unfit for habitation, pushing the student body into transience in church foyers and public parks. More

ADHD drugs do not raise stroke, heart attack or sudden cardiac death risk
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Young and middle-aged adults who are prescribed ADHD (attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder) drugs do not have a higher chance of developing serious cardiovascular events, such as sudden cardiac death, heart attack or stroke, researchers from Kaiser Permanente Northern California, Oakland, reported in Journal of the American Medical Association. More

Top 10 supports for college students with learning differences
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Here are 10 key areas of support that can help the growing population of students with ADHD, nonverbal learning disability and learning differences transition successfully to college. More

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Study: Obesity more common among kids with special needs
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Children with disabilities and special health care needs are more likely to be overweight or obese than their typically developing peers, according to a first-of-its-kind federal report. Over 36 percent of kids ages 10 to 17 with special needs are overweight or obese compared to about 30 percent of other children. And the likelihood that a boy or girl will struggle with weight appears to increase with the severity of the child's condition. More

One writer's journey from dyslexia to poetry
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They laughed at my struggle to read, says Philip Schultz, but fighting back made me into a writer. This much is clear: The mind of a dyslexic is different from the minds of other people. Learning that my problem with processing language wasn't stupidity seemed to take most of my life. Like every other important trade-off in life, giving up this negative image of myself has been complicated and difficult. More

Study: More evidence links specific genes to ADHD
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Variations in genes involved in brain signaling pathways appear to be linked to attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), according to a new study. The findings suggest that drugs that act on these pathways may offer a new treatment option for ADHD patients with the gene variants, the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia researchers said. More

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How our brains keep us focused
Medical News Today    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
In a new study to appear in Neuron, scientists at the RIKEN Brain Science Institute have uncovered mechanisms that help our brain to focus by efficiently routing only relevant information to perceptual brain regions. The results provide valuable insights on how our brains achieve such focus and on how this focus can be disrupted, suggesting new ways of presenting information that augment the brain's natural focal capabilities. More

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