Your Health Oct.-24 Exercise helps students with ADHD focus

      Here is good news for people with ADHD.

      Just minutes of exercise a day can help children with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) do better at school.

      A new small study suggests that exercise could provide an alternative to drug treatment.

      Twenty children with ADHD and 20 children without the disorder, ages 8 to 10.

      They either walked briskly for 20 minutes on a treadmill or sat and read.

      The children then completed a short reading comprehension and math test, and also played a computer game that assessed their ability to ignore distractions and focus on their goal.

      The study shows that a single session of exercise can help children with ADHD ignore distractions and focus on a task.

      All of the children performed better on both tests after exercising.

      The study is published in the latest Journal of Pediatrics.