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  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. 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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  9. 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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  10. 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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