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