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  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. Stimulants Help Students With ADHD

    Sept. 19, 2007 -- Kids with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) who take Ritalin or other prescription stimulants are more likely to achieve long-term academic success than children with ADHD who don’t take drugs. That is the finding from the longest and most comprehensive follow-up stud

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  4. Many Kids With ADHD Aren’t Diagnosed

    Sept. 4, 2007 -- A new study shows that ADHD is grossly undiagnosed. An estimated 2.4 million children between the ages of 8 and 15 in the U.S. have attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), but fewer than half of them have been diagnosed or are receiving appropriate treatments, researchers r

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  5. New Clues on Causes of ADHD

    Aug. 6, 2007 -- Two new studies show that a brain chemical called dopamine may play a role in attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). The studies, published in the August edition of the Archives of General Psychiatry, don't claim to explain exactly what causes ADHD. But the new findings zer

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  6. ADHD: It Can Run in the Family

    Rick Webster's son, Richy, stood out at school -- but not necessarily in a good way. He wasn't doing his homework, he was having combative interactions with teachers, and his grades were suffering as a result. While his classmates had trouble once in a while, Richy's difficulties were constant. Rick

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  7. ADHD Drug Does Stunt Growth

    July 20, 2007 - After three years on the ADHD drug Ritalin, kids are about an inch shorter and 4.4 pounds lighter than their peers, a major U.S. study shows. The symptoms of childhood ADHD -- attention deficit hyperactivity disorder -- usually get dramatically better soon after kids start taking sti

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  8. Treating ADHD: Drugs or Therapy Work

    July 20, 2007 -- Three years after starting treatment for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), children continue to experience improvement in their symptoms regardless of which treatment they use, a major follow-up study shows. But the advantage of medication, shown to be superior to oth

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  9. Ritalin Side Effects Rare in Long Run?

    July 3, 2007 -- Ritalin, a drug used to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), may not leave long-term side effects on the brain, a new study shows. The Ritalin side effects study, published in The Journal of Neuroscience, was conducted on rats, not people. The researchers included T

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  10. ADHD at 6, Alcoholic at 16?

    March 27, 2007 - Children with ADHD are more likely than other children to abuse alcohol in their teen years, a long-term study shows. The study looked at 364 children with ADHD -- attention deficit hyperactivity disorder -- enrolled in the Pittsburgh ADHD Longitudinal Study. Psychologist Brooke S.G

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