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  1. CDC: Nearly 1 in 10 Kids Has ADHD

    Nov. 10, 2010 -- Nearly one in 10 children in the U.S. has a diagnosis of ADHD, with rates rising by 22% in just four years, government health officials said Wednesday. The CDC estimates that between 2003 and 2007, a million children and teens were diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity diso

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  2. ADHD Symptoms Raise Obesity Risk

    Oct. 29, 2010 -- Having ADHD symptoms in childhood is associated with an increased risk for obesity later in life, a new study suggests. Symptoms such as problems with impulse control and hyperactivity were strongly linked to obesity in young adulthood, even among children without a diagnosis of ADH

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  3. ADHD May Be Linked to Depression, Suicide

    Oct. 4, 2010 -- Children diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) at ages 4-6 face greater risks for depression and suicide at ages 9-18, and this risk may be more pronounced among girls, a study shows. “The importance of this study is simply that it confirms that ADHD in child

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  4. New Genetic Clues for ADHD

    Sept. 29, 2010 -- Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a brain disorder and not purely a behavioral problem, say the first researchers to identify rare genetic errors in ADHD kids. People with ADHD have an unusually large number of "copy number variants" or CNVs -- chunks of DNA that a

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  5. Many ADHD Kids Also Have Reading Problems

    Sept. 24, 2010 -- About half of children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) may experience problems with reading, according to a new study in Pediatrics. The National Institute of Mental Health estimates that 3% to 5% of children have ADHD, a behavioral disorder marked by difficult

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  6. Pesticides and ADHD: Is There a Link?

      Q. I heard that pesticide exposure may cause ADHD. Should I be worried? A. At least one in 10 American kids has attention deficit disorder with hyperactivity, or ADHD. And a recent study published in Pediatrics did find an association between pesticide exposure and ADHD, so there may be a link. Re

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  7. Talk Therapy May Help Adults With ADHD

    Aug. 24, 2010 -- Adults who take medicine for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) may benefit from adding cognitive behavioral therapy, a new study says. Doing so may yield better results than using medication alone. Cognitive behavioral therapy appears to significantly reduce symptoms a

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  8. Immaturity Mistaken for ADHD?

    Aug. 19, 2010 -- If your child is the youngest in the class and has a diagnosis of ADHD -- attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, marked by inattention and impulsiveness -- it may be a mistake, researchers say. What is actually immaturity may be mislabeled as ADHD, according to new studies. ''It'

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  9. Pesticide Exposure Linked to ADHD Risk

    Aug. 20, 2010 -- Exposure in the womb to pesticides known as organophosphates may increase the chance that children, especially boys, will develop attention problems by age 5, a study shows. The research is published in Environmental Health Perspectives. Researchers followed more than 300 children w

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  10. Structured Homework Strategy Helps ADHD Kids

    Aug. 16, 2010 -- Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and homework problems often go together. Now, a simple and structured approach to doing homework appears to cut homework problems by more than half, according to a new study. ''The drop in the problems related to homework were very dra

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