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  1. CDC: About 5% of Kids Have ADHD

    July 23, 2008 -- The CDC today reported that about 5% of U.S. children aged 6-17 have been diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), according to their parents. Data came from the parents of almost 23,000 children aged 6-17. The parents were asked, in telephone interviews condu

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  2. FDA OKs Concerta for Adult ADHD

    June 30, 2008 -- The FDA has approved the drug Concerta for the treatment of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in adults. Concerta isn't a new ADHD drug. The FDA first approved it in 2000 for use in children as young as 6. Concerta may now be used to treat ADHD in adults aged 18-65, ac

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  3. St. John’s Wort May Not Ease ADHD

    June 10, 2008 -- Many parents believe that herbal medicines can help children with ADHD focus better and ease other symptoms. However, a new study shows that in children and teens diagnosed with ADHD, taking St. John’s wort was no better than taking a placebo pill. Attention deficit hyperactivity di

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  4. Adults With ADHD Miss More Workdays

    May 27, 2008 -- Adults with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) work 22 fewer workdays than their co-workers without the condition, according to a new study. The total takes into account days absent and days of low productivity. "When you compare these people to other people of the same

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  5. Experts Revisit Food Additives and ADHD

    May 22, 2008 -- The notion that artificial colors and preservatives in foods may play a role in hyperactivity has been largely dismissed within conventional medicine, but there are signs that this is beginning to change. In a newly published editorial appearing in BMJ, pediatrics professor Andrew Ke

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  6. Adult ADHD Underdiagnosed?

    May 6, 2008 (Washington) -- The criteria used to diagnose adult ADHD are outdated, and as a result, many cases could be missed or misdiagnosed, researchers say. The problem, says James J. McGough, MD, is that the criteria are based in large part on diagnosing attention deficit hyperactivity disorder

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  7. FDA OKs ADHD Drug Vyvanse for Adults

    April 23, 2008 -- The FDA has approved the drug Vyvanse for the treatment of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in adults, according to the drug company Shire, which makes Vyvanse. Vyvanse, a stimulant drug, was first approved by the FDA in 2007 to treat ADHD symptoms in children ages 6

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  8. ADHD Drugs: Heart Screen Recommended

    April 21, 2008 -- Children and teens taking stimulants to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) should be screened for hidden heart problems, the American Heart Association now says. In an updated consensus statement released today, the organization recommends that in addition to a c

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  9. ADHD Drugs, Substance Abuse Not Linked

    March 3, 2008 -- Children treated with stimulants for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder are no more likely to abuse drugs or alcohol during early adulthood than their untreated peers, new research shows. More than 100 boys were followed for 10 years after they were diagnosed with ADHD, and th

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  10. 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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