As I was researching the University of Phoenix Library for a subject for this individual assignment, I found the subject research article to be of interest for two reasons; 1) my stepson had ADHD which was treated with the subject medication and 2) I take the medication for treatment of cataracts and macular degeneration.
Hypothesis Identification Article Analysis
It is known that in many children, a common psychiatric disorder is ADHD or Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (Trebaticka, J., et al., 2006). An open study was conducted that showed that an effective treatment for alleviating ADHD symptoms was the administration of an extract from the French maritime pine tree bark called Pycnogenol. In the article “Treatment of ADHD with French maritime pine bark extract, Pycnogenol” the hypothesis was that the action of Pycnogenol would relieve children’s ADHD symptoms.
Researchers used a group of 61 children with ADHD for their research conducted over a four-week period. This was a randomized, placebo-controlled double-blind four-week study (p. 329). Prior to the start and upon completion of the study, each of the 61 children was given an exam. Children with ADHD display many symptoms, including academic underachievement, impulsive behavior, inattention, and developmentally inappropriate over-activity. Pycnogenol had a positive effect on the children. Pycnogenol was shown to improve attention span, concentration, visual-motoric coordination, and reduce hyperactivity. This proves the hypothesis to be accurate. In the children who took the placebo, no positive effects were seen.
Because of these studies, parents will have an alternative treatment compared to existing drugs. This would be important to parents who are concerned about the negative effects of drugs currently used. During the studies, it was noticed by the teachers that children’s hyperactivity levels decreased while the attention span was increased. The parents did not see the...