Nov 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.
Jul 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.
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.
Mar 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."
Jan 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.
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."
Jan 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.
Dec 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.
Nov 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.