Stem cell advancements may help treat ADHD

H.E. Dr Maryam Matar, MD, PhD

By H.E. Dr Maryam Matar, MD, PhD

Her Excellency, Dr Matar is the Founder and Chairperson, UAE Genetic Diseases Association. She is a leading healthcare influencer, and pioneered the study of genes and advocates public education and awareness of genetic disorders across the ME region. She serves as a Chairperson/senior advisor in over 15 international, regional and local committees for preventive healthcare initiatives, women in STEM, and youth leadership. Dr Mater has been recognised as the most powerful scientist in the UAE since 2014; amongst the top 20 Arab scientists with the biggest contribution to humanity by British Scientific Community 2016; amongst the “top 100 most influential Arabs in the world” recognised by Arabian Business for four consecutive years since 2013.

19 Dec 2018
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Stem cell advancements may help treat ADHD

ADHD

It is normal for children to get fidgety, forget their homework sometimes or have a low attention span and daydream during class. It is normal to have some inattention, unfocused motor activity, and impulsivity, but for people with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), these behaviours are more severe, occur more often, and interfere with or reduce the quality of how they function socially, at school, and at home.

The first step to addressing the problem and getting the child the help he or she needs is to learn to recognise the signs and symptoms of ADHD. Children with ADHD are excessively restless, impulsive and distracted, and can experience difficulties at home and in school.

Cord Blood BankingScientists believe that ADHD probably involves at least two genes. Non-genetic causes such as abnormal brain development, brain injury, or environmental factors are also believed to play a role in the disorder.

There is a real ray of hope as recent advancements and better understanding of stem cells will make it possible to manage and treat several disorders, including ADHD. The best gift a parent can give to their children is to store their cord blood cells. As we believe that the future of healthcare innovation and management of most of the disorders and illnesses is very much linked to the stem cells.

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