Students start Fish Oil trial
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
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.
Best Syndication Staff Writer
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