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Bad News, Good News: ADHD-risk gene has silver lining

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4:36pm, August 8, 2007

A gene variant that increases the risk for attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder also appears to help children grow out of the worst of their behavioral problems as certain brain structures normalize, new research suggests.

"It looks like a double-edged sword," Philip Shaw says of the gene variant. Shaw led the work at the National Institute of Mental Health in Bethesda, Md.

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