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  1. Antipsychotic Drug Use Rising Among ADHD Kids

    Aug. 2, 2004 -- A growing number of children with behavioral problems, such as ADHD, are being treated with new antipsychotic medications that haven't been well-studied or proven to work safely in children, according to a new study. Researchers found the proportion of children on TennCare, Tennessee

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  2. Anxiety During Pregnancy Increases ADHD Risk

    July 16, 2004 -- For most women, stress and anxiety come with the territory during pregnancy. Added to the stresses of daily life is a mother-to-be's fears for her unborn baby. While a certain amount of anxiety during pregnancy may be inevitable, there is growing evidence that high levels can affect

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  3. Test Predicts ADHD Response to Ritalin

    June 22, 2004 -- Ritalin and other stimulant drugs don't help everyone with ADHD. Now it looks as though brain scans can predict who will benefit and who won't. ADHD -- attention deficit hyperactivity disorder -- isn't just for kids. People who suffer from this common problem often get help from sti

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  4. Food Additives May Affect Kids' Hyperactivity

    May 24, 2004 -- Artificial food colorings, preservatives, and other additives may play a role in increasing hyperactive behavior among young children, a new study suggests. British researchers found removing food additives from the diet of a group of 3-year-olds caused a reduction in the children's

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  5. Zinc May Boost Effectiveness of Ritalin

    April 8, 2004 -- Behavioral problems in children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) frequently don't resolve with Ritalin, the medication most commonly used to treat the condition. But new research suggests that combining a daily zinc supplement with Ritalin can boost the efficacy

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  6. Effects of ADHD Treatment May Vary Over Time

    April 5, 2004 -- Treating attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) with medication and behavioral therapy can provide lasting results, but the risks and benefits of those treatments may vary substantially over time, according to new research. In a follow-up to a large study comparing ADHD tre

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  7. ADHD and Alcoholism May Be Linked

    Oct. 14, 2003 -- Adults with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) may face a much higher risk of becoming alcoholics. A new study shows the two disorders have a lot in common, but the genetic link between them remains elusive. Researchers say they have found a distinctive profile of adult

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  8. Test Parents of ADHD Kids, Too

    Jan. 8, 2004 -- When it comes to attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, the apple doesn't fall far from the tree. More than 20 studies already confirm that ADHD can be inherited, affecting parent, child, and even cousins and other extended family members. But a new study indicates just how strong

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  9. Docs Overlook After-School Treatment of ADHD

    Dec. 19, 2003 -- When a child has attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), the disease does not begin and end with the school day, as any parent can attest. But new surveys show that virtually all doctors focus only on controlling symptoms during school hours, while parents are distressed by

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  10. Preteen Ritalin May Increase Depression

    Dec. 8, 2003 -- Ritalin use in preteen children may lead to depression later in life, studies of rats suggest. It's an open question whether what passes for depression in lab rats has anything to do with depression in humans. But early use of Ritalin and other stimulant drugs seems to permanently al

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