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  1. ADHD Drug Shortages: Why?

    Jan. 3, 2012 -- Many popular ADHD medications have been in short supply, particularly less-expensive generics. That's no surprise to people who've gone from pharmacy to pharmacy trying to fill their child's prescription -- or to those who've had to pay high prices for brand-name drugs to treat ADHD

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  2. ADHD Drugs Not Linked to Increased Heart Risks in Adults

    Dec. 12, 2011 -- A study of 150,000 adults taking drugs for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) found no conclusive evidence that the medications increase the risk for heart attack, stroke, or sudden death from heart-related causes. The research, published online Monday in the Journal of

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  3. Kids With ADHD Have Distinct Brain Patterns

    Nov. 28, 2011 (Chicago) -- Children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) process visual information differently than children without the disorder, preliminary research shows. By finding distinct patterns of activity in the brains of children with ADHD, researchers hope to someday de

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  4. Tips to Reduce the Side Effects of ADHD Medications

    For many children, ADHD medications curb restlessness, impulsivity, and inattention well enough for them to flourish at home, school, and on the playground. But the drugs can also prompt common side effects, such as low appetite, stomach pain, or sleep problems. In rare and serious cases, they can c

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  5. Study: ADHD Drugs Likely Do Not Boost Heart Risk

    Nov. 1, 2011 -- Medicines to treat ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder) do not seem to substantially increase the risk of serious heart problems or stroke in children and young adults. That’s the finding of a new study that included more than a million people. When looking at the populati

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  6. New Guidelines: Diagnose Kids for ADHD at Age 4

    Oct. 17, 2011 -- Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) should be diagnosed and treated in children as young as age 4, according to new guidelines from the American Academy of Pediatrics. Previous guidelines for pediatricians, issued 10 years ago, had limited the diagnosis and treatment of

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  7. Teen Use of Stimulants for ADHD on the Rise

    Sept. 28, 2011 -- More teens are receiving prescription stimulants to treat symptoms of their attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Close to 9% of children aged 4 to 17 years have received a diagnosis of ADHD. It's a behavioral disorder marked by impulsiveness, hyperactivity, and inattent

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  8. Kids' Poor Bedtime Habits May Bring ADHD Misdiagnosis

    Sept. 20, 2011 -- A child's bedtime habits could result in behavior problems -- and a misdiagnosis of ADHD, a new study suggests. The study is based on a survey of 704 parents of children ages 2 to 13. The parents, mostly mothers, filled out brief questionnaires in randomly selected pediatricians' w

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  9. ADHD in Children Is on the Rise

    Aug. 18, 2011 -- The percentage of children diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) has risen from 6.9% to 9% in the past decade, a CDC study shows. The study suggests the increase may be influenced by racial, ethnic, and economic factors. The report is published in the Nation

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  10. Kids With ADHD Have Trouble Expressing Themselves in Writing

    Aug. 22, 2011 -- Children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) are more likely to have trouble expressing themselves in writing than children who do not have the disorder, a new study finds. As many as 9% of children aged 5 to 19 have ADHD, according to the most recent estimates from

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