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Special Needs Students start Fish Oil trial

January 9th, 2006

Special Needs Students start Fish Oil trial

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Researchers are starting a 6 month trial in Norfolk to see if fish oil supplements will improve behavior and learning skills. 

Their will be 38 students from Eaton Hall Special School that will participate in this study.  These students are between the ages of 10 years through 16 years old.  They all have either a learning or behavior disability such as Dyslexia, Asperger Syndrome, Autism, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD), Pervasive Development Disorder (PDD).

The researchers suspect that these children may have a Omega-3 fatty acid deficiency.  By correcting this, they hope to see improvement in learning and behavior in these children.  At any time the parents of these children can stop taking the fish oil supplement.


The treatment for ADHD with Ritalin has a side effect of decreased appetite and insomnia.  The researchers will study the combination of taking Ritalin and fish oil together.  They want to see if the fish oil will get rid of the side effects of Ritalin.  This is not the first study in the treatment for ADHD with fish oil.  In other studies reported by Best Syndication results showed that fish oil was helpful for ADHD children. 

The researchers do not expect that this will be a miracle cure, but will likely be a helpful treatment to increase a child’s potential.  In other learning and behavior disorders it is unclear how much benefit will be seen, it will be interesting to see the results. 

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By Nicole Wilson
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