Researchers: ADHD meds prescribed more to youngest students

11/19/2012 | ABC News

The youngest students in a class are twice as likely to have lower test scores and 50% more likely to be prescribed medication for attention-deficit/ hyperactivity disorder, researchers at Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York City found. Researchers examined academic and medical records of more than 11,000 9- to 12-year-olds in Iceland and found students whose birth dates fell within four months of the cut-off date to start school fared worse when compared with same-grade peers. This "maturity gap" appeared to persist until age 14.

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