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Study: Healthy Students Don't Benefit From ADHD Drugs

July 20, 2018

A new study challenges the belief of many college students that medications for those with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) can help those without the disorder study and learn more effectively. In fact, the study finds that when healthy students use these drugs, cognition may not be improved, and, in many cases, it is worsened. The study -- by researchers at the University of Rhode Island and Brown University -- appeared in the journal Pharmacy.

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Scott Jaschik

Scott Jaschik, Editor, is one of the three founders of Inside Higher Ed. With Doug Lederman, he leads the editorial operations of Inside Higher Ed, overseeing news content, opinion pieces, career advice, blogs and other features. Scott is a leading voice on higher education issues, quoted regularly in publications nationwide, and publishing articles on colleges in publications such as The New York Times, The Boston Globe, The Washington Post, Salon, and elsewhere. He has been a judge or screener for the National Magazine Awards, the Online Journalism Awards, the Folio Editorial Excellence Awards, and the Education Writers Association Awards. Scott served as a mentor in the community college fellowship program of the Hechinger Institute on Education and the Media, of Teachers College, Columbia University. He is a member of the board of the Education Writers Association. From 1999-2003, Scott was editor of The Chronicle of Higher Education. Scott grew up in Rochester, N.Y., and graduated from Cornell University in 1985. He lives in Washington.

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