Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Developing and Advancing project

ADHD is a developmental disorder affecting about 5% of the world's population.

ADHD is usually diagnosed during childhood but is considered to be a chronic condition with no cure. The exact cause of the disorder is not clear. Researchers have found that ADHD often runs in families, signifying that it could be passed through genes. Currently, research is being conducted on identifying the actual genes that causes a person to be susceptible to ADHD. Researchers have also found positive correlations between ADHD and a number of other things. For example, the National Institute of Mental Health has suggested a possible link between alcohol and tobacco consumption during pregnancy and ADHD.

A better understanding of the current theories on the cause(s) of ADHD would give me an idea of the possibility of curing this disorder. In the near future, pinpointing the cause of ADHD would help people create better treatment options for the disorder.

What is the current method used for identifying genes?
Whats going on in genetics right now?
What are the main theories?
What are current subjects of debate within this area of interest?

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