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Study: Drivers with ADHD 50 percent more likely to be in serious car crash

Drivers with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder - or ADHD - are nearly 50 percent more likely to be in a serious car crash, according to a new study.
Syracuse (WSYR-TV/WebMD) - Drivers with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder - or ADHD - are nearly 50 percent more likely to be in a serious car crash, according to a new study.

Researcher Henrik Larsson and colleagues at the Karolinska Institute studied more than 17,000 people in Sweden with ADHD, aged 18 to 46.

The study utilized databases to track whether the patients had been in a car accident between 2006 and 2009, and if they had a prescription for ADHD medication at the time.

Overall, having ADHD increased a man's risk of a traffic crash by 47 percent and a woman's risk by 45 percent, the researchers found.

Taking medication to control the disorder greatly improved their safety, according to the study.

For more, read this WebMD story.


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