Efficacy of probiotics in improving memory and symptoms of anxiety and ADHD in children: A double-blind study
LE3 .A278 2016
Bachelor of Science
In a world where there are limited treatments that do not have adverse side effects for children affected by anxiety and/or ADHD, the current study examined the therapeutic potential of probiotics for these conditions. The effects of probiotics on anxiety, ADHD, and memory were assessed in children aged 6 to 14 years. Participants (n=21) consumed probiotics or placebo for 4 weeks. Outcome measures included the Screen for Child Anxiety Related Emotional Disorders (Parent & Child versions), the Child Disruptive Behaviour Disorders Rating Scale (ADHD items only) and memory tests (visual & verbal). As hypothesized, visual memory improved in the probiotic, compared to the placebo, condition. Hyperactivity also improved, but in both groups. There were no other significant effects on any of the measures. However, many results were in the hypothesized direction. With a larger sample size, perhaps these results would reach significance
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