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Your Health Oct.-24 Exercise helps students with ADHD focus

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Here is good news for people with ADHD.

Just minutes of exercise a day can help children with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) do better at school.

A new small study suggests that exercise could provide an alternative to drug treatment.

Twenty children with ADHD and 20 children without the disorder, ages 8 to 10.

They either walked briskly for 20 minutes on a treadmill or sat and read.

The children then completed a short reading comprehension and math test, and also played a computer game that assessed their ability to ignore distractions and focus on their goal.

The study shows that a single session of exercise can help children with ADHD ignore distractions and focus on a task.

All of the children performed better on both tests after exercising.

The study is published in the latest Journal of Pediatrics.

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