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Sugar, food additives not a cause of ADHD

The number of children getting treatment for ADHD has risen, although it's not clear whether more children have ADHD or more children are receiving a diagnosis of ADHD. According to national data, ADHD affects about 9.4 percent of U.S. children ages 2-17―including 2.4 percent of children ages 2-5 and 4.0 to 12.0 percent of school-aged children. Boys are more than twice as likely as girls to be diagnosed with ADHD. Both boys and girls with the disorder typically show symptoms of an additional mental disorder and may also have learning and language problems. Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder is a neurobiologic condition whose symptoms are also dependent on the child's environment. It's now one of the most common and most studied conditions of childhood. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, research to date has shown ADHD may be caused by a number of things, including brain anatomy and function, genes and heredity, significant head injuries, prematurity, prenatal exposures, and toxins in the environment. According to researchers, there is no evidence that ADHD is caused by eating too much sugar, food additives, allergies, or immunizations. For more information on ADHD, parents may visit or call 800-233-4050.

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