Updated 10 March 2016

Action point


Children with ADHD are able to retain information which they use on a daily basis, but they often have difficulty with what's called working memory, i.e. the updating or mental rearrangement of information in the mind.

New research in the US looked at what would happen if hyperactive children weren’t told to sit still, and how it would affect their working memory.

To their surprise, they found hyperactive movement specifically helped working memory. This insight would be difficult to apply at school, but it’s worth a try at home.

Read more on treatments for ADHD


Live healthier

Gut health »

Can't lose weight? Blame it on your gut

Our nutrition experts weigh in on why gut health is such an important factor in weight loss, on World Obesity Day.

Sleep better »

Yes, there is such a thing as too much sleep

A new study confirms that too little sleep can impair your brain, but interestingly, too much sleep is also a problem.