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      If you have thyroid disease and have children this may explain some
      puzzing factors in their Education.

      You will find out more at:- Simon Hensby who looks after the site
      sent me the information below. Out of interest did anyone know about

      Thanet ADDers Web Site –




      Scientists at the National Institutes for Health (NIH) have
      discovered a link between Generalized Resistance to Thyroid
      Hormone (GRTH), a rare genetic disorder in which the body is
      unable to appropriately use thyroid hormone, and Attention
      Deficit Disorders (ADD). GRTH is believed to be relatively
      uncommon; it is highly unlikely that a substantial percentage of
      people with ADD have GRTH. The importance of this study is that
      it provides further evidence that ADD is a neurobiological disorder.


      NIH researchers have documented a link between ADD and GRTH, a
      disorder caused by a gene coding for a defective thyroid hormone
      receptor in a selected group of patients.
      Researchers at NIH studied 104 members of 18 families.

      (or Maybe Just a Little)(;-)

              Dr. P. Hauser and six colleagues from the NIH studied eighteen
      families with thyroid hormone resistance. 49 members of these
      families had the thyroid receptor problem, and 55 did not. 52 were
      adults and 52 were children. Psychiatric interviewers scored their
      ADD-like features, without knowing the results of the genetic studies.
              Of the folks with the abnormal thyroid hormone receptor gene,
      30 (out of 49) met diagnostic criteria for ADD (that’s 61%); it was even
      higher (70%) if you just looked at the kids. In contrast, the people who
      DIDN’T have the abnormal thyroid hormone receptor gene were
      unlikely to meet ADD criteria. Only two of the adults and five of the
      children could be diagnosed (12.7%). This difference was very highly
      statistically significant — which means it’s pretty bloody unlikely to
      turn up by chance alone.

      If you’d like to read more about it, the full reference is:

      Authors: Hauser-P. Zametkin-A-J. Martinez-P. Vitiello-B. Matochik
      J-A. Mixson-A-J. Weintraub-B-D.
      Institution: Molecular and Cellular Endocrinology Branch, National
      Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, National
      Institutes of Health, Bethesda, MD 20892.
      Title: Attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder in people with
      generalized resistance to thyroid hormone [see comments].
      Accompanying editorial: Comment in: N Engl J Med 1993 Apr 8;
      Source: N-Engl-J-Med. 1993 Apr 8. 328(14). P 997-1001.
      Full Journal Title: NEW ENGLAND JOURNAL OF MEDICINE.<<<<<<<

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        I have noticed that there are several individuals on the BB that
        have alluded to the fact that they have kids with ADHD. I have a
        five year old son who we suspect may have ADHD. Is there a link between
        GD and ADHD?? Is anyone on the BB aware of any studies regarding this
        matter? Any information regarding this matter would be greatly

        Best Regards to you all,


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