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Researchers at Brunei University in London have developed the Pavlidis test which is a ten minute eye test that can be used to diagnose ADHD. This is the first objective test for ADHD and has the potential to remove a lot of misdiagnoses and undiagnosed cases. ADHD diagnosis has long been controversial with no conclusive test available to correctly diagnose it and some experts even doubting whether such a condition actually exists. Traditional diagnosis involves a subjective questionnaire whereas the new test involves following a spot on the computer screen which moves around. Some studies estimate that up to 7% of school aged children may have ADHD. Some recognized symptoms of ADHD include lack of concentration and hyperactivity. Research found that ADHD sufferers had much more erratic eye movements than those who didn't have ADHD and a computerized test was able to correctly diagnose 93% of cases.
Source: summary of medical news story as reported by The Herald
About: New eye test may be able to correctly diagnose ADHD
Date: 18 January 2005
Source: The Herald
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