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ATLANTA | Nearly one in 10 U.S. children is reported to have ADHD, a sizable increase from a few years earlier that government scientists think might be explained by growing awareness and better screening.

ADHD, or attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, makes it hard for youngsters to pay attention and control impulsive behavior. It’s often treated with drugs, behavioral therapy or both.

In the new government study, about two-thirds of the children who have ADHD are on medication.

The new estimate comes from a survey released Wednesday that found an increase in ADHD of about 22 percent from 2003 to the most recent survey, in 2007-08. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention interviewed parents of children ages 4 through 17 in both studies.

In the latest survey, 9.5 percent said a doctor or health care provider had told them their child had ADHD. The earlier study found that fewer than 8 percent of children had been diagnosed with it.


Ruling favors state in smoke-shop tax fight

BUFFALO | A federal judge has sided with New York in the latest ruling in a dispute over the state’s plans to tax most Indian reservation smoke-shop sales, but collection of the tax is on hold for now.

U.S. District Judge Richard Arcara in Buffalo denied a request to block the state from collecting a sales tax on cigarettes sold to non-Indians. However, he froze his decision so the two tribes that sought the order can appeal.

Judge Arcara’s ruling Tuesday in a case brought by the Unkechaug and St. Regis Mohawk tribes mirrors an earlier decision in a challenge by the Seneca and Cayuga nations.

The decisions mean New York still can’t start collecting the $4.35-per-pack sales tax until a higher court, the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals, hears the issue.

From wire dispatches and staff reports