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    1. 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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    2. 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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    3. 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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    4. 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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    5. 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 Bac

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    6. 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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    7. 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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    8. 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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    9. Tonsil Surgery Helps Kids With ADHD

      April 3, 2006 -- New research suggests a surprising potential treatment for at least some children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder -- surgical removal of the tonsils. Children in the study who had their tonsils removed showed improvements in both behavior and sleeping, and half of thos

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    10. New Warnings Urged for ADHD Drugs

      March 23, 2006 -- Government advisors urged new warnings and information for parents of children using drugs to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), though they avoided strong safety alerts backed by a separate panel last month. A committee of mostly pediatric experts urged the FDA

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