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Study: Kids with ADHD may be more likely to have accident in traffic

from HealthDay News

Children with attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder may be more likely to have accidents when crossing busy intersections on their bicycles because they're impulsive and have trouble paying attention, a new study suggests. Researchers said it was known that these children were at increased risk, but the reasons were unclear. "Crossing roads on a bicycle requires decision and action. What we found is children with ADHD have deficits in both areas," study corresponding author Molly Nikolas said in a University of Iowa news release. Nikolas is an assistant professor in the department of psychological and brain sciences. Bicycle crashes are a leading cause of severe injuries in children. Each year, nearly 400,000 kids are treated in U.S. emergency departments for bicycle-related injuries, according to the study. more


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