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  1. Kids With ADHD Have Distinct Brain Patterns

    Nov. 28, 2011 (Chicago) -- Children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) process visual information differently than children without the disorder, preliminary research shows. By finding distinct patterns of activity in the brains of children with ADHD, researchers hope to someday de

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  2. Tips to Reduce the Side Effects of ADHD Medications

    For many children, ADHD medications curb restlessness, impulsivity, and inattention well enough for them to flourish at home, school, and on the playground. But the drugs can also prompt common side effects, such as low appetite, stomach pain, or sleep problems. In rare and serious cases, they can c

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  3. Study: ADHD Drugs Likely Do Not Boost Heart Risk

    Nov. 1, 2011 -- Medicines to treat ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder) do not seem to substantially increase the risk of serious heart problems or stroke in children and young adults. That’s the finding of a new study that included more than a million people. When looking at the populati

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  4. New Guidelines: Diagnose Kids for ADHD at Age 4

    Oct. 17, 2011 -- Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) should be diagnosed and treated in children as young as age 4, according to new guidelines from the American Academy of Pediatrics. Previous guidelines for pediatricians, issued 10 years ago, had limited the diagnosis and treatment of

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  5. Teen Use of Stimulants for ADHD on the Rise

    Sept. 28, 2011 -- More teens are receiving prescription stimulants to treat symptoms of their attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Close to 9% of children aged 4 to 17 years have received a diagnosis of ADHD. It's a behavioral disorder marked by impulsiveness, hyperactivity, and inattent

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  6. Kids' Poor Bedtime Habits May Bring ADHD Misdiagnosis

    Sept. 20, 2011 -- A child's bedtime habits could result in behavior problems -- and a misdiagnosis of ADHD, a new study suggests. The study is based on a survey of 704 parents of children ages 2 to 13. The parents, mostly mothers, filled out brief questionnaires in randomly selected pediatricians' w

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  7. ADHD in Children Is on the Rise

    Aug. 18, 2011 -- The percentage of children diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) has risen from 6.9% to 9% in the past decade, a CDC study shows. The study suggests the increase may be influenced by racial, ethnic, and economic factors. The report is published in the Nation

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  8. Kids With ADHD Have Trouble Expressing Themselves in Writing

    Aug. 22, 2011 -- Children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) are more likely to have trouble expressing themselves in writing than children who do not have the disorder, a new study finds. As many as 9% of children aged 5 to 19 have ADHD, according to the most recent estimates from

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  9. Crossing the Street May Be Riskier for ADHD Kids

    July 25, 2011 -- Mom always said to look both ways before crossing the street, and this is still great safety advice, but it may not be sufficient for children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). These children are at increased risk of being struck by a car when crossing the street

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  10. Childhood ADHD Linked to Later Risk of Drug Abuse

    June 1, 2011 -- Childhood attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) increases the risk of cigarette smoking and drug and alcohol abuse problems in early adulthood, a study shows. The study is published in the Journal of the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry . Researchers found

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