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  1. Most Kids With ADHD Take Medication

    July 20, 2010 -- More than 80% of children who are diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder take prescription medications at some point to treat their symptoms, according to a new nationwide survey of parents by Consumer Reports Health. Among the survey's major findings: 67% of parent

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  2. Pesticides May Raise Kids' Risk of ADHD

    May 17, 2010 -- Relatively low-level exposure to common pesticides -- probably from residues on foods -- doubles kids' risk of ADHD, Harvard researchers find. The findings come from a nationally representative sample of 1,139 U.S. kids aged 8 to 15  who were tested for ADHD (attention deficit hypera

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  3. ADHD Symptoms: How ADHD Differs in Boys & Girls

    Several years ago, neurology researcher Robert J. Melillo was preparing a presentation for a parent-teacher organization on attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and its treatment. He began to recognize the symptoms he was reading about in his own elementary-school-age son.  "He was hypera

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  4. New Gene Linked to ADHD

    Feb. 16, 2010 -- A newly discovered genetic link may offer new information on the causes of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) as well as help determine who might best respond to treatment. Researchers have found that a genetic variant on the latrophilin 3 gene (LPHN3) is associated wit

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  5. Lead, Tobacco Exposure Linked to ADHD

    Nov. 23, 2009 -- Prenatal exposure to tobacco smoke and childhood exposure to lead are linked to increased risk of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in children, a new study shows. The study is published in the December issue of Pediatrics. Researchers led by Tanya E. Froehlich, MD, MS

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  6. Diagnosing ADHD: Teacher Input Overlooked?

    Oct. 21, 2009 -- Pediatricians are most often involved in the diagnosis of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder in children, but many do not get recommended input from teachers before rendering a diagnosis, Consumer Reports says in a parent survey about their children with ADHD. The survey of pa

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  7. ADHD Tied to Brain's Reward Pathway

    Sept. 8, 2009 -- A problem in the brain's reward center may be behind symptoms like inattention associated with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). New research suggests this dysfunction in the brain's reward pathway interferes with how people experience reward and motivation. Dopamine

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  8. ADHD Drug Abuse Rising Among Teens

    Aug. 24, 2009 -- The abuse of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) drugs by teenagers is growing, according to a new study. Researchers found calls to poison control centers for adolescent ADHD prescription drug abuse increased out of proportion to other poison center calls in recent year

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  9. ADHD Drugs: Sudden Death Risk Higher?

    June 15, 2009 -- A new study suggests that children and teens who take stimulants like Ritalin for ADHD have an increased risk for sudden cardiac death, but the FDA says the study has major limitations and should not change the way the drugs are used. There have long been concerns that the stimulant

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  10. Got Adult ADHD? Get Organized!

    Some of the hallmarks of adult ADHD include forgetfulness, distractibility, chronic lateness, and general disorganization. This can make life miserable for you -- and the people who live and work with you.   But ADHD coach Nancy Ratey, EdM, author of The Disorganized Mind: Coaching Your ADHD Brain t

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