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Home-Based Brain Balance® Program Study from California San Francisco (UCSF)

Brain Balance has recently begun a study, in collaboration with researchers at the University of California San Francisco (UCSF), to assess the impact of the home-based Brain Balance program in improving outcomes in a population of children with attention and cognition difficulties. 

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  • Parent reports of ADHD symptoms were obtained by researchers both at the start and at the end of the Balance training program. The results revealed a significant reduction in ADHD index scores, discernible changes in hyperactivity, enhanced cognitive attention, and smaller-scale reductions in oppositional behavior. It should be noted that while the test scores did improve, indicating a minimizing of symptoms, a small difference did remain between those participants with ADHD and those without.
  • Clinician ratings followed similar trends to the parent reports — a decrease in ADHD score, a reduction in the Hyperactivity Impulsivity subscale, and some reduction in inattention. Most participants with ADHD saw a meaningful reduction in their ADHD-RS scores after treatment.
  • Brain imaging results showed a number of discernible changes in connectivity of various brain areas to the amygdala and hippocampus, both of which play vital roles in memory and stress responses. The brain areas where connections significantly differed were responsible for a range of factors including emotion and response control, language processing, memory retrieval, concentration, and mind wandering. connections were significantly improved post-Balance training, not only immediately after training, but also on reassessment 7 months later. The lasting nature of these results holds promise of long-term interventions for the treatment of ADHD.
  • Objective measures were collected using the Quotient test, which uses a series of computerised tasks and psychological questions. Results here showed that Brain Balance training produced an effect on their ability to sit still that was equivalent, on average, to the effects of a low dose of methylphenidate. Furthermore, the participants who completed Brain Balance training responded in a more consistent and predictable manner compared with children on a low-dose methylphenidate treatment. Participants were able to sit equally still when undergoing Balance training or treatment using low-dose methylphenidate.
  • Researchers concluded that the effects of Brain Balance training are comparable to that of low-dose methylphenidate, which is used widely for the management and treatment of ADHD. The trends seen from the use of low-dose methylphenidate and Brain Balance training were nearly identical. Given the exploratory study was small in its sample size, the next steps in research should focus on repeating the experiment with a larger sample size.

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