Childhood ADHD Associated with Air Pollution Exposure

May 24, 2013 by Dr. Yannick Pauli

When I evaluate children for ADHD, I ask a lot of questions about their environment – specifically, where they spent their first few years of life. The developing brains of infants and young children are sensitive to the effects of mind-altering chemicals like pesticides and lead. Asking about where they grew up helps me identify the possible trigger for the disorder, which helps me determine what treatments work best.

Recently, a lot of attention has been focused on air pollution and its relationship to childhood ADHD. There is new evidence that shows infants who have had heavy exposure to air pollution from traffic are more likely to develop ADHD.



Red Dye 40 May Trigger ADHD

May 10, 2013 by Dr. Yannick Pauli

How many kids diagnosed with ADHD are really suffering from the disorder? Last week, we talked about how ADHD might be a sleep disorder in disguise. Today, there is more research that suggests a link between hyperactive children and an artificial food coloring called red dye 40.


Is ADHD a Sleep Disorder in Disguise?

May 2, 2013 by Dr. Yannick Pauli

Never underestimate the power of a good night’s sleep, or it’s detrimental effects to your child’s mood and attention span. This is my main takeaway from an illuminating article written by Dr. Vatsal Thakkar in the New York Times. He examines childhood ADHD and poses an interesting question: what if cases of attention deficit disorder are really just undiagnosed sleep disorders?