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  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. 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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  9. 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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  10. 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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