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Health & wellness

Youngest kids in class more likely to get ADHD drugs, study finds

Much attention has been paid to the overdiagnosis of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder in children and the over-prescription of drugs such as ritalin, but a study published this week in the journal Pediatrics indicates that certain kids -- those in the youngest third of their class -- are 50 percent more likely than their older peers to be prescribed ADHD drugs.

They’re also more likely to under-perform on math and English standardized tests administered in fourth grade, one of the factors teachers and pediatricians use to help make a diagnosis of ADHD.

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