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    1. Diagnosing ADHD: Teacher Input Overlooked?

      Oct. 21, 2009 -- Pediatricians are most often involved in the diagnosis of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder in children, but many do not get recommended input from teachers before rendering a diagnosis, Consumer Reports says in a parent survey about their children with ADHD. The survey of pa

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    2. ADHD Tied to Brain's Reward Pathway

      Sept. 8, 2009 -- A problem in the brain's reward center may be behind symptoms like inattention associated with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). New research suggests this dysfunction in the brain's reward pathway interferes with how people experience reward and motivation. Dopamine

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    3. ADHD Drug Abuse Rising Among Teens

      Aug. 24, 2009 -- The abuse of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) drugs by teenagers is growing, according to a new study. Researchers found calls to poison control centers for adolescent ADHD prescription drug abuse increased out of proportion to other poison center calls in recent year

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    4. ADHD Drugs: Sudden Death Risk Higher?

      June 15, 2009 -- A new study suggests that children and teens who take stimulants like Ritalin for ADHD have an increased risk for sudden cardiac death, but the FDA says the study has major limitations and should not change the way the drugs are used. There have long been concerns that the stimulant

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    5. ADHD Medications Help Kids in School

      April 27, 2009 -- Kids with ADHD usually struggle in the classroom, but new research offers support that medication can help them achieve in school. In the study, grade school-aged children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) who took medication performed better on standardized math

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    6. ADHD Drugs: Hallucinations Not Uncommon

      Jan. 26, 2009 -- Treatment-related hallucinations and other psychotic symptoms in children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) may be more common than previously thought, FDA officials report in the latest issue of the journal Pediatrics. In an earlier investigation, FDA researchers

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    7. ADHD Drugs Don't Cause Genetic Damage

      Nov. 19, 2008 -- Ritalin, Adderall, and Concerta do not appear to cause genetic damage in children who take them for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), a new government-funded study concludes. The findings should reassure parents concerned that the stimulant drugs used to treat ADHD ma

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    8. Divorce More Likely in ADHD Families?

      Oct. 24, 2008 -- Married couples who have a child with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) are nearly twice as likely to divorce by the time the child is age 8 than are couples who do not have children affected by the disorder, according to a new study. "We've known that ADHD kids can be

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    9. ECG Not Required for Kids With ADHD

      July 30, 2008 -- Before a child goes on stimulant drugs to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, they don't necessarily need to get an electrocardiogram (ECG) to screen for heart problems. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and the American Heart Association (AHA) say it's "reasonabl

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    10. 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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