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New study reveals direct genetic link to ADHD

1st October 2010

Researchers have discovered genetic variations which are directly linked to the diagnosis of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).

The Lancet has published a new study from the University of Cardiff which found that children with ADHD are more likely to have segments of their DNA, known as copy number variants, either missing or duplicated.

This conclusion was reached following analysis of the genomes of 366 children diagnosed with ADHD, compared with more than 1,000 control samples.

It represents the first piece of direct evidence that ADHD is genetic, with the condition having previously developed a stigma as being caused by bad parenting or poor diets.

Dr John Williams, head of neuroscience and mental health at the Wellcome Trust, said study leader Professor Anita Thapar and her team has "begun to shed light on the causes of what is a complex and often distressing disorder for both the children and their families".

According to NHS data, ADHD is the most common behavioural disorder in the UK, affecting between three and nine per cent of schoolchildren and young people.ADNFCR-8000103-ID-800094816-ADNFCR

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