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American Academy of Pediatrics Nixes Heart Tests Before ADHD Drugs


7/30/2008 6:04:43 AM

CHICAGO - The nation's largest pediatricians' group says most children getting attention-deficit drugs don't need heart screening with electrocardiogram tests, challenging advice from a leading heart doctors' association. The new policy from the American Academy of Pediatrics renews a debate over the safety of the powerful stimulants. More than half of the 4 million U.S. children diagnosed with attention-deficit disorders are being treated with stimulant drugs.

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