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Severity of ADHD may be Assessed by Hand Movements

by Kathy Jones on  February 15, 2011 at 9:07 PM Child Health News   - G J E 4
Hand-movement control can be used as a parameter to assess the severity of attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), says a new research by scientists from Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center and the Kennedy Krieger Institute in Baltimore.
 Severity of ADHD may be Assessed by Hand Movements
Severity of ADHD may be Assessed by Hand Movements
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Researchers noted that kids with ADHD had extra movements. Using sequential finger-tapping experiments on youngsters, the researchers observed that these "overflow" movements were twice the amount as seen in normal youngsters.

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The study involved 50 right-handed children ages 8 to 13. Half of them had ADHD, while the other half did not. The finger-tapping movements of these kids were recorded with a video and electronic finger positioning device that measured "excessive mirror overflow." It was found that boys with ADHD had nearly 4 times the excess overflow as compared with normal boys. This variation was not seen in girls.

"We now have a real, quantifiable measure of a problem with controlling behavior in these children," said Dr. Stewart Mostofsky, senior author of the finger-tapping study.

The study appears in the February 15 print issue of the journal Neurology.



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