Stories about: smart drugs

Boosting brain power

As a recent 60 Minutes piece on Boosting Brain Power reveals, modern teenagers often feel pressure to do it all, and better than anyone else: make straight A’s, ace the SATs, excel at sports or music or art and still have time for fun and friends. Which is why healthy teens across the country are turning to stimulants like Adderal, Ritalin and other medications traditionally prescribed to treat attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).

In this article, Children’s Hospital Boston experts weigh in on the disturbing trend.

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"Smart" drugs are more popular—and more dangerous—than ever

rx pillsA new article in the Journal of Medical Ethics suggests that the number of students using cognitive enhancers, or so-called “smart” drugs, to boost their scholastic performance is on the rise. Children’s experts have certainly noticed the alarming trend. In this story, we take a look at the issue.

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