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  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. Brain Scans Reveal ADHD Differences

    Dec. 4, 2003 -- Children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) may actually have different levels of certain chemicals in the brain than other children, a new study shows. Using new imaging techniques, researchers found that children with the hyperactive form of ADHD had 2 1-2 times m

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  6. Brain Imaging Targets ADHD Differences

    Nov. 20, 2003 -- A brain imaging study has pinpointed exactly where the brains of children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder differ from those of other children. Researchers say the finding could one day lead to better drugs and behavioral interventions to treat kids with ADHD. Earlier s

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  7. New ADHD Medication Affects Sleep Less

    Oct. 23, 2003 -- In one of the first studies to compare Strattera, the first non-stimulant to treat ADHD, with the ADHD medication Ritalin, researchers found that Strattera caused fewer sleep disturbances. And Strattera may work better in kids who also have a tic disorder. "Strattera is being used b

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  8. Teachers Usually First to Report ADHD

    Sept. 30, 2003 -- Teachers and other school personnel may largely be responsible for the surge in the use of medications to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in children, a new study shows. Among children who received ADHD medications, more than half were initially recommended fo

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  9. Drug Abusers Can't Learn From Experience

    August 25, 2003 -- People who keep taking drugs never seem to learn from their experience. Now there's an explanation. It offers insight into the bizarre behavior of drug addicts. But it also raises troubling questions about the long-term use of stimulants used to treat kids with attention deficit/h

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  10. ADHD Linked to Later Substance Abuse

    Aug. 18, 2003 -- Children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) -- especially those with severe symptoms -- are more likely to smoke and abuse drugs and alcohol as teens, a new study shows. Overall, the risk is similar to that of a child of an alcoholic, which is considered strongly p

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