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Dr. William Singer

Pediatric Neurology
Wellesley Hills, MA
52 years experience male

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Tuesday: 9:00am - 4:30pm
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Tell us about your background, specialties, interests...Practicing Pediatric Neurology for 38 years. Have been on medical school faculties - Tufts University School of Medicine and Harvard Medical School. My practice emphasizes cognitive and behavioral Neurology, including ADHD, Learning Disabilities, Developmental Disabilities, Headaches and stress related disorders, in addition to the range of pediatric neurology referrals. I have been working with the Brain Injury Association of America and the North American Brain Injury Society since 1986. I have a special interest in children and adolescents with Traumatic Brain Injury, especially sports concussions.

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Pediatric Neurology

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English

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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. William Singer
Pediatric Neurology 52 years experience
Similar: Adipex - Phentirimine, is pharmatologically similar to amphetamine. It is used as an appetite suppressant. It is not well studied as a treatment for... Read More
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. William Singer
Pediatric Neurology 52 years experience
Yes: As an adult, if you did not have ADHD as a child, have not had a brain injury or infection, it is unlikely you have aDHD. You should have an appropri... Read More
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. William Singer
Pediatric Neurology 52 years experience
ADDis real disorder: Whether the term is ADD or ADHD, this is a real neurochemical disorder whose chemsitry has been known since the 1970's..It is a treatable condition th... Read More
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A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. William Singer
Pediatric Neurology 52 years experience
No: If tremors are interfering with your ability to function, ask your doctor for an alternative medication.
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. William Singer
Pediatric Neurology 52 years experience
Yes: It is possible to have them both at the same time. However, the anxiety that characterizes OCD may interfere with your ability to focus and attend. ... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. William Singer
Pediatric Neurology 52 years experience
Have evaluation: Speak to your doctor about your concerns. Have an evaluation for conditions that mimic ADHD symptoms including medical and psychological. If needed,... Read More
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A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. William Singer
Pediatric Neurology 52 years experience
Unusual at your age: If you did not have ADHD as a child and you have not experienced a brain injury or brain infection, it is unlikely you have ADHD. There are many cond... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. William Singer
Pediatric Neurology 52 years experience
An actual disorder: ADHD is a neurochemical diosrder well researched and validated. It involves a deficiency of brain Dopamine and nor epinephrin. the disorder is over d... Read More
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. William Singer
Pediatric Neurology 52 years experience
Make symptoms worse: If a person really has ADHD, based on the known neurochemistry, is given sedatives, it should make the symptoms worse. If the symptoms are really from... Read More
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A 41-year-old female asked:
Dr. William Singer
Pediatric Neurology 52 years experience
Not epilepsy: If the EEG was normal during the movements you described, they do not represent seizure activity. Pseudoseizures are triggered by anxiety. You shoul... Read More
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A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. William Singer
Pediatric Neurology 52 years experience
Dangerous: You ae doing dangerous things with the medication. Snorting drugs results in very rapid absorption and very high levels quickly which may be very dan... Read More
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A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. William Singer
Pediatric Neurology 52 years experience
Try alternative med: I would speak to your prescriber about alternative medications such as methylphenidate (Ritalin, Concerta), Adderall, (dextroamphetamine and racemic a... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. William Singer
Pediatric Neurology 52 years experience
Tips: Get a good amount of sleep - at least 8 hours per night. Eat a well balanced diet, with a protein source at each meal. Keep a consistent schedule.
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. William Singer
Pediatric Neurology 52 years experience
Adrenalin reaction: If you do not have aDHD, taking methylphenidate or amphetamines will cause an increase in brain nor epinephrin. Among the potential effects are stimu... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. William Singer
Pediatric Neurology 52 years experience
Depends on med: Stimulant medications such as Ritalin (methylphenidate) and Adderall can have very positive effects for people with ADHD.Other medications such as Pro... Read More
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A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. William Singer
Pediatric Neurology 52 years experience
Not medical: Pseudo seizures are related to an underlying psychological problem, most commonly anxiety. The often occur in individuals who are having epileptic se... Read More
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A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. William Singer
Pediatric Neurology 52 years experience
Unlikely: If you did not have ADHD as a child and have not experienced a brain injury or infection, it is unlikely you have aDHD at your age. Consult your doct... Read More
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A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. William Singer
Pediatric Neurology 52 years experience
Yes: You are not likely to have a brain tumor after a thorough eWorld up. If your doctor thought you had a brain tumor I expect he would have ordered a CAT... Read More
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. William Singer
Pediatric Neurology 52 years experience
Social pragmatics: There are many reasons why an individual may have difficulty socializing, among them being on the autism spectrum, for instance aspergers disorder. ... Read More
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. William Singer
Pediatric Neurology 52 years experience
ADHD and jobs: Untreated adhd, may interfere with job performance. However, some with adhd are successful at multitasking. As long as your academic performance and... Read More
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. William Singer
Pediatric Neurology 52 years experience
Components Adderall (dextroamphetamine and racemic amphetamine): Dextroamphetamine sulfate is one of the 4 amphetamine salts that make up adderall (dextroamphetamine and racemic amphetamine).
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A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. William Singer
Pediatric Neurology 52 years experience
Stimulants: Adderall is a mixture of 4 amphetamine salts. focalin (dexmethylphenidate) is a form of methylphenidate, actually the active half of the methylphenid... Read More
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. William Singer
Pediatric Neurology 52 years experience
Ketones: Urine that contains ketones, which accumulate in people who have diabetes. You should see your doctor as soon as possible to determine if you have di... Read More
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. William Singer
Pediatric Neurology 52 years experience
Asthma vs panic: Asthma attacks are due to allergic triggers setting off an inflammatory response in the lungs, narrowing breathing pathways. Panic attacks are due to... Read More
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. William Singer
Pediatric Neurology 52 years experience
Hyperglycemia: Your mother's blood sugar is extremely high. She should be seen by a physician for evaluation of type 2 diabetes.
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. William Singer
Pediatric Neurology 52 years experience
Possibly: You should contact yoiur doctor about this. Why do are you considering Adderall (dextroamphetamine and racemic amphetamine) at this age? Are you co... Read More
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A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. William Singer
Pediatric Neurology 52 years experience
Blow to head: A blow to the head which causes a rapid movement of the head on neck causes the brain to deform a bit and temporally cause the brain and brain stem to... Read More
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. William Singer
Pediatric Neurology 52 years experience
Anxiety: While anyone can fake an anxiety attack, people with aspergers have an underlying high anxiety state. They are less likely to fake an anxiety attack ... Read More
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. William Singer
Pediatric Neurology 52 years experience
Over the counter med: Over the counter medications that work to bring down fevers include aspirin, acetaminophen, Ibuprofen and naprosyn (naproxen) (aleve). If the cause o... Read More
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A female asked:
Dr. William Singer
Pediatric Neurology 52 years experience
Childhood seizures: You need to contact a pediatric neurologist. Your pediatrician should be able to recommend one. If you are located near a medical center, contact th... Read More
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A 17-year-old female asked:
Dr. William Singer
Pediatric Neurology 52 years experience
Confidentiality: Your relationship with your doctor is covered by confidentiality. If you do not want your mother to know about sexual activity, indicate that to the ... Read More
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. William Singer
Pediatric Neurology 52 years experience
No: Diazepam is used to reduce anxiety. If anxiety is interfering with your ability to focus and attend, it might be helpful, but your would be treating ... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. William Singer
Pediatric Neurology 52 years experience
Not a problem: Chicken is high in protein therefore good to have after exercise.
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. William Singer
Pediatric Neurology 52 years experience
Moderation: After a concussion you need to rest, both physically and mentally, until symptoms resolve. after symptoms resolve, you can drink but be moderate in i... Read More
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A 31-year-old female asked:
Dr. William Singer
Pediatric Neurology 52 years experience
Infection: It is not the symptom, for instance the encephalitis or peripheral neuropathy, but the infectious agent that causes them.
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. William Singer
Pediatric Neurology 52 years experience
Concussion: Symptoms include altered mental status, loss of consciousness, being stunned or confused, headache, dizziness, difficulty thinking clearly, slurred sp... Read More
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A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. William Singer
Pediatric Neurology 52 years experience
High WBC: Bacterial infections are usually characterized by high white blood celll count. Bacterial meningitis should have an associated high white blood count... Read More
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A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. William Singer
Pediatric Neurology 52 years experience
Combination drugs: Your combination is safe, but your diagnosed is complicated. In your case, adderall, (dextroamphetamine and racemic amphetamine) an amphetamine and r... Read More
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A 22-year-old male asked:
Dr. William Singer
Pediatric Neurology 52 years experience
Call 911: If you do not know the first aide principles for treating people having a seizure, call immediately. If a seizure lasts more than 2 minutes, call 911,... Read More
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A 34-year-old female asked:
Dr. William Singer
Pediatric Neurology 52 years experience
Withdrawal symptoms: You are experiencing withdrawal symptoms . Options include changing medications or adding a second smaller dose 30t to 45 minutes before the effect o... Read More
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A 43-year-old male asked:
Dr. William Singer
Pediatric Neurology 52 years experience
CO2 poisoning: First is to leave the contaminated environment. The environment, i.e. Your home should be checked to determine the source. If one is exposed to high... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. William Singer
Pediatric Neurology 52 years experience
Possibly: If injury to the placenta or uterus occurred, there is a possibility that the trauma could be at the root of the child's problems.
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A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. William Singer
Pediatric Neurology 52 years experience
Shingles: If you have ever had even a mild case of chickenpox, the virus that causes it remains in your body forever. It can be reactivated due to changes in y... Read More
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A 19-year-old male asked:
Dr. William Singer
Pediatric Neurology 52 years experience
No need for hyperact: You do not need to be hyperactive to have the inattentive form of ADHD. If the symptoms are recent onset,start with your doctor to evaluate possible ... Read More
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A 63-year-old female asked:
Dr. William Singer
Pediatric Neurology 52 years experience
Seek another neurolo: Ask your doctor for another referral or call around to otehr neurologists to see if you can get an earlier appointment. If you indicate how severe yo... Read More
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. William Singer
Pediatric Neurology 52 years experience
Consult neurologist: You need to be followed by a neurologist or neurosurgeon to determine if there is a change in the size of the cyst or if it impinges on vital structur... Read More
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A 45-year-old female asked:
Dr. William Singer
Pediatric Neurology 52 years experience
Usually ok: The combination should not cause you any problems.
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A 18-year-old male asked:
Dr. William Singer
Pediatric Neurology 52 years experience
Better combination: You could use that combination. However another consideration would use Focalin (dexmethylphenidate) Xr in the morning and short acting methylphenida... Read More
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A 32-year-old female asked:
Dr. William Singer
Pediatric Neurology 52 years experience
Chronic tics: Your history is consistent with a chronic tic disorder. Chronic tic disorder which changes over time and exists for more than one year is consistent ... Read More
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. William Singer
Pediatric Neurology 52 years experience
Outgrow autism: In some cases, when the diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder is made very early in life, with early intervention and early education, concentrating a... Read More
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KnowledgeableN, helpful and clear responses. Thank you for answering the immunization question that continues to surprisingly generate debate!
Apr 22, 2015
I enjoy and learn a great deal from Dr. Singer's answers. A real asset to HealthTap!
Mar 23, 2015
Great doctor. Consistently gives thoughtful, insightful and expert advice.
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This was very helpful. Thanks! Thank you, Doctor. "Maybe" is the most common answer I get and, given that two neurologists have ruled out ALS, Parkinsons, etc. that will have to do!
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This was very helpful. Thanks! I have 2nd opinion on 6/11 but this doc has me feeling like nothing is wrong. Thank you. Not just headaches, screaming and stabbing. NS f/u 1 year.
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This was very helpful. Thanks! As a stage 3 BC survivor, reading that she has lumps both in her breast and axilla had me very concerned. I hope whatever she has, it is benign.

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

State University of New York Upstate Medical University, NY
Graduated 1970MD

Residency

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Awards

Top Doctor, First Place, Massachusetts - Summer
2013
Thought Leader, Second Place, Massachusetts - Summer
2013
Top Child Neurologist, First Place, National - Summer
2013
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