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US says proportion of attention deficit kids up

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Posted: Nov 10, 2010 12:27 PM
Source: Associated Press

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Topics: ADHD, children, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, impulsive behaviors, drugs, CDC, WBRZ

ATLANTA - Health officials say ADHD is becoming more common in the U.S. The latest study says nearly 1 in 10 children ages 4 through 17 has been diagnosed with it.

The numbers come from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which surveyed parents in 2007.

A similar survey in 2003 found that found fewer than 8 percent of kids had been diagnosed with ADHD, or attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.

The condition makes it hard for kids to pay attention and control impulsive behaviors.

Often drugs are prescribed to treat it.

The new study appears in the CDC publication, Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.

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