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Researchers are collecting data on college students in Rhode Island and three other states, who have been diagnosed with Attention Deficit and Hyperactivity Disorder. Rhode Island Public Radio's Elisabeth Harrison reports the study is believed to be the first of it's kind, following hundreds of college students over a five-year period. The study follows more than 400 college students in Rhode Island, Pennsylvania and North Carolina. Roughly half have been diagnosed with ADHD, the other half...

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College students have long been known to experiment with drinking when they’re blowing off steam, and even use illegal drugs like marijuana. But a growing number of college students are now turning to prescription drugs to get ahead academically. The drugs, like Adderall, are used legally to treat conditions like Attention Deficit and Hyperactivity Disorder, and they’re increasingly common on college campuses around the country. Rhode Island Public Radio's education reporter Elisabeth...

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is highlighting new data (published in the Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry) about reported ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder) rates among kids aged 4 - 17. Here's the snapshot in Rhode Island : In 2003, the percentage of kids ever diagnosed in Rhode Island was 9.8. In 2011, it went up to 13.4. This is a parent-reported diagnosis by a health care provider. And it puts Rhode Island's rate above the...

New data from the national Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show nearly one out of every five high school boys has been diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. The data also show an overall 11 percent of American schoolchildren have received a diagnosis for the condition, which is characterized by difficulty paying attention and controlling impulsive behavior. The New York Times reports the new numbers represent an increase in the prevalence of A.D.H.D . , which may...