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Premature Birth Tied to Increased Risk of ADHD - featured April 20, 2011

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[Source: Reuters]

Researchers found that babies born as little as three weeks before their due dates had an elevated risk for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).

The findings suggest that mothers considering scheduling cesarean births a few weeks early reconsider and deliver as close to term as possible, the authors say.

People with ADHD have trouble paying attention or controlling impulsive behaviors, and can be treated with behavioral therapy or medication.

The condition is diagnosed in about three to five percent of school-aged children in the United States.

In the new study, the researchers analyzed a Swedish database of more than a million children aged 6 to 19 years; 7,506 of them had received a prescription for ADHD medication.

The children born extremely prematurely -- between 23 and 28 weeks of pregnancy -- were most at risk of later developing ADHD, with their chances being two and a half times greater than a baby born at full term (after 39 weeks).

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