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  1. Adults With ADHD Miss More Workdays

    May 27, 2008 -- Adults with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) work 22 fewer workdays than their co-workers without the condition, according to a new study. The total takes into account days absent and days of low productivity. "When you compare these people to other people of the same

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  2. Experts Revisit Food Additives and ADHD

    May 22, 2008 -- The notion that artificial colors and preservatives in foods may play a role in hyperactivity has been largely dismissed within conventional medicine, but there are signs that this is beginning to change. In a newly published editorial appearing in BMJ, pediatrics professor Andrew Ke

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  3. Adult ADHD Underdiagnosed?

    May 6, 2008 (Washington) -- The criteria used to diagnose adult ADHD are outdated, and as a result, many cases could be missed or misdiagnosed, researchers say. The problem, says James J. McGough, MD, is that the criteria are based in large part on diagnosing attention deficit hyperactivity disorder

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  4. ADHD: An Update on Diagnosis and Treatment for Kids

    At age 4, Jeremiah Ryans routinely refused to wait in line at the water fountain at his summer day camp. Sometimes he'd get so cranky he would hit his classmates. But an alarm bell went off when he grabbed a pair of children's scissors and cut his teacher's hair. Just a kid being a kid -- or extreme

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  5. ADHD Summer Survival Tips

    When her son Anthony was diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) at age 6, Mary Robertson quickly became an amateur travel agent during his summer vacations. She didn't have much of a choice. "One day Anthony came home hiding a handsaw behind his back because he had sawed down

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  6. FDA OKs ADHD Drug Vyvanse for Adults

    April 23, 2008 -- The FDA has approved the drug Vyvanse for the treatment of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in adults, according to the drug company Shire, which makes Vyvanse. Vyvanse, a stimulant drug, was first approved by the FDA in 2007 to treat ADHD symptoms in children ages 6

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  7. ADHD Drugs: Heart Screen Recommended

    April 21, 2008 -- Children and teens taking stimulants to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) should be screened for hidden heart problems, the American Heart Association now says. In an updated consensus statement released today, the organization recommends that in addition to a c

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  8. ADHD Drugs, Substance Abuse Not Linked

    March 3, 2008 -- Children treated with stimulants for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder are no more likely to abuse drugs or alcohol during early adulthood than their untreated peers, new research shows. More than 100 boys were followed for 10 years after they were diagnosed with ADHD, and th

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  9. Heart Events Rare in Kids on ADHD Drugs

    Dec. 5, 2007 -- Stimulants used to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) are known to raise blood pressure and heart rate, but serious heart complications seem to be rare among the children who take them, a new study suggests. The findings appear reassuring, but researchers say impor

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  10. ADHD Brain Matures, but Later

    Nov. 12, 2007 -- ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder) may delay, but not prevent, the development of the brain's attention center. Researchers from the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) and Canada's McGill University reported that news today. The finding "should be reassuring to

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