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  1. FDA Approves New ADHD Drug

    Feb. 27, 2007 -- The FDA has approved a new prescription drug, called Vyvanse, to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Vyvanse, a stimulant, will bear the same warnings as all other ADHD drugs. Those warnings include reports of heart-related problems -- including sudden death -- an

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  2. FDA Highlights ADHD Drug Warnings

    Feb. 21, 2007 -- The FDA today ordered all ADHD drug makers to print patient medication guides warning of possible heart and psychiatric risks associated with the drugs. Those possible risks are already noted in the warning labels of all drugs approved by the FDA to treat ADHD (attention deficit hyp

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  3. Ritalin for Preschoolers?

    Oct. 19, 2006 -- Ritalin has a "moderate" effect on preschool kids with moderate-to-severe attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), finds a National Institute of Mental Health study. "We found that a carefully diagnosed and carefully selected sample of 3- to 5-year-old children with ADHD can

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  4. 1/3 ADHD Cases Linked to Lead, Smoking

    Sept. 20, 2006 -- Nearly a third of ADHD cases may be due to two preventable causes: early childhood exposure to environmental lead and exposure to tobacco smoke in the womb. "That's a whopping percentage," says Andrew Adesman, MD, chief of developmental and behavioral pediatrics at Schneider Childr

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  5. New Heart Alert for Some ADHD Drugs

    Aug. 22, 2006 -- Amphetamine-based drugs for ADHD, such as Adderall and Dexedrine, now come with a new, expanded 'black box' warning for an increased risk of sudden death in patients with heart problems. A black box warning is the most serious warning added to a drug's label information. Earlier thi

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  6. A Summer of Fun for Children With ADHD

    Each year, tens of thousands of kids across the U.S. say goodbye to desks and books and hello to summer camp. For most it means a season filled with swimming, softball, arts and crafts, and tons of fun. For some, however -- a select group of children with a behavioral disorder known as attention def

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  7. 6 Tips for Better Time Management

    The simple, unpleasant truth is that we are probably busier than we ever have been. Notwithstanding the fact that little science backs up this notion, the anecdotal evidence is overwhelming.   "You can see it all around us," says Jana Jasper, a New York-based productivity expert and author of Take B

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  8. ADHD Drugs Tied to ER Visits

    May 25, 2006 -- Doctors from the CDC estimate that more than 3,000 people visited hospital emergency departments in 2004 due to side effects from drugs to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). The estimate -- made by the CDC's Adam Cohen, MD, MPH, and colleagues -- appears in a lett

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  9. Do ADHD Drugs Stunt Kids' Growth?

    May 1, 2006 - Kids who take stimulant drugs for their ADHD are shorter and lighter than their peers, a review of existing studies concludes. It's one of the most controversial aspects of treatment for ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder). Stimulant drugs can be a great benefit to these ki

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  10. FDA OKs ADHD Treatment Patch for Kids

    April 6, 2006 - The FDA has approved the first skin patch for treating attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, despite ongoing debate about whether similar drugs should require stricter safety warnings. The agency announced Thursday that it had approved Daytrana for use by children aged 6 to 12. T

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