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Study Finds Possible Link Between Childhood Deaths and Stimulants for ADHD

Date: June 16, 2009
Author: Shankar Vedantam
QUOTE: Children taking stimulant drugs such as Ritalin to treat attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder are several times as likely to suffer sudden, unexplained death as children who are not taking such drugs....In a press briefing called on short notice yesterday, FDA officials said that given the seriousness of ADHD and the rarity of sudden death -- which strikes fewer than 1 in 10,000 children -- the benefits of the drugs outweigh their risks.

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