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Kids with asthma, allergies could be more likely to develop ADHD

Attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a common problem among adolescents. Approximately 9.5 percent of all children between the ages of 4 and 17 have been diagnosed with the condition, and it's likely this number will grow in the coming years, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. While there are various predictions about what causes a youngster to develop ADHD, a new study found that it could be tied to allergies and asthma.

Researchers from the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology tested this notion by studying a group of boys with and without ADHD. Scientists reviewed the overall health of 884 young men with ADHD and more than 3,500 boys who did not have the disorder. From the data it was discovered that approximately 34 percent of kids with ADHD had asthma, while 35 percent had an allergy - both higher rates than their peers without the condition. 

The findings, published in the Annals of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology, suggest that medication used to curb allergy and asthma side effects could play a role in the development of ADHD, but more research needs to be conducted to verify this assumption. For now, parents can help youngsters with allergies breathe better at home by investing in a professional-grade air purifier like the IQAir HealthPro Plus