The stress of adult life can make living with undiagnosed ADHD very difficult, doctors say.
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June 9, 2014 Boys are more likely to be diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder than girls, though both sexes are equally affected. Women are increasingly seeking treatment as young adults.
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Have daunting to-do lists contributed to the rise in ADHD drug prescriptions?
March 14, 2014 Teenage boys are still the primary users of stimulant medications to treat ADHD, but increased use by adults, particularly young women, has fueled a 36 percent rise in prescriptions in five years.
Boy meets girl, sperm meets egg — how much does the age of each matter?
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February 26, 2014 A study that took many other potential influences into account found that kids born to men 45 and older were more likely than the children of younger fathers to develop autism or ADHD.
November 22, 2013 The number of children diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder has been rising since the 1990s. Now, the CDC reports that two-thirds of children with a current diagnosis are being medicated — a jump of 28 percent from 2007 to 2011.
The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that children have no more than two hours a day of "screen time."
July 29, 2013 Boys with autism spectrum disorders or ADHD put in twice as much time each day playing video games as do typically developing boys. But researchers say they don't know if the games contribute to behavior issues or if the children's difficulties make video games more alluring.
May 30, 2013 People with ADHD in childhood are more likely to have problems with drugs and alcohol later. Studies have disagreed on whether treatment with stimulant drugs like Ritalin makes that abuse more likely, or protects against it. The biggest review yet says stimulant treatment neither helps nor hurts.
Does ADHD affect eating and weight?
May 20, 2013 People diagnosed with ADHD as children may be more apt to be obese in adulthood, scientists say. Differences in brain biology or the impulsiveness typical of ADHD may contribute to lasting, bad eating habits.
Ten milligram tablets of the prescription drug Adderall. The drug is used to treat ADHD and is used by some students to boost their academic performance.
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March 14, 2013 Adderall and other stimulant drugs help students stay focused, a benefit that hasn't been lost on people without ADHD. Now the nation's neurologists say children and teens shouldn't be be prescribed these drugs for "neuroenhancement."
January 22, 2013 Researchers found the number of children being diagnosed with ADHD by doctors in the Kaiser Permanente system in Southern California rose 25 percent over the past decade. Though more black and Hispanic kids are being diagnosed with the disorder, the diagnosis is still most common in white boys from high-income families.
If the label of ingredients on the Adderall pack says "singel entity," that's a tip-off for trouble.
May 29, 2012 The FDA says fake Adderall pills are easy to spot: They're white instead of peachy-pink; and the packaging of the counterfeit pills is riddled with typos and misspellings — "aspartrte" instead of "aspartate," and "singel" instead of "single."
Eliminating junk food from a child's diet is usually not enough to effectively treat attention deficit disorders, a paper shows.
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January 9, 2012 A review has found that eliminating foods from a child's diet is usually not enough to effectively treat attention deficit disorders. Instead, researchers recommend a healthy diet high in protein and low in processed, sugary foods.
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December 12, 2011 An analysis of medical records for more than 400,000 users and nonusers of ADHD drugs found no association between use of the medicines and serious cardiovascular problems, including heart attacks and strokes, in adults.
November 1, 2011 ADHD drugs like Ritalin don't pose a big risk of dangerous cardiovascular problems, according to new research. But the risk could still be doubled for the 2.7 million children taking stimulant drugs to treat the symptoms of attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder.
Diagnosed with ADHD at age 5, Blake Taylor poses on campus at University of California, Berkeley, in 2009, when he was 19.
October 17, 2011 The most controversial part of the new advice is its endorsement of medication, such as Ritalin and Vyvanse, to treat even 4- and 5-year-olds with moderate-to-severe problems when behavioral therapy falls short.
May 23, 2011 About 1 in 7 children in the U.S. has a developmental disability, such as autism, according to a report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The prevalence, as determined by parents' answers to a survey, has increased 2 percentage points since 1997.
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