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Attention Deficit Pays at Shire. Davis M, published on 5/11/2005 by TheStreet.Com. Accessed on 2005-05-23. For a while, Gretchen LeFever was able to draw national television coverage to her crusade: what she calls the excessive diagnosis and treatment of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. The pediatric clinical psychologist made a name for herself after studying the apparent prevalence of ADHD in her eastern Virginia community. At one local school district, for example, LeFever found that 17% of the children in grades two through five had been diagnosed with ADHD. Moreover, she discovered that the vast majority of those diagnosed with the disorder were being treated with prescription stimulants like Ritalin and the next-generation drugs manufactured by Eli Lilly, Johnson & Johnson and Shire Pharmaceuticals.

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Improving Medical Statistics and the Interpretation of Medical Studies. Roehm E. Accessed on 2005-05-06. There is considerable variability in the information that the public and physicians receive regarding the results of medical trials. One contributing factor is the incorrect application of statistics in the medical literature. A more common source of error is that the conclusions of a study are not always a reasonable reflection of the data presented. The following includes examples of the misuse of statistics and inappropriate conclusions in the medical literature. Some suggestions for improvement are included.

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