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America ready for the 2015 Free Surf Bodyboarding World Tour
23 January 2015 | Bodyboarding Jeff Hubbard, Dave Hubbard, Tanner McDaniel, Iain Campbell, Jacob Romero, Kainoa McGee, Jared Houston, Mike Stewart, and Baby Quiñones are some of the names in the shortlist. Bodyboarders
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Green light for the Free Surf Bodyboarding World Tour 2015
12 January 2015 | Bodyboarding Until February 15th, a group of 20 European bodyboarders will perform their best tricks in the best waves. Wearing an orange arm band, they'll try to put together a one-minute clip
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Hugo de Sousa storms the freestyle windsurfing world
12 January 2015 | Windsurfing The talented young sailor is already traveling the world in search of multiple winds and conditions to improve his competitive performance. But Hugo de Sousa will win events. It's written in
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The best speed windsurfing tips 24 January 2015, 00.25 Sports
The best speed windsurfing tips
21 January 2015 | Windsurfing Windsurfers can easily reach 30 knots in almost any gear, but you have to make sure your windsurf sail, board and fins are finely tuned. Training is learning, so start your speed tests in
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Jaeger Stone masters the Western Australian swells
21 January 2015 | Windsurfing The region was blessed with the traditional epic sea breezes. Winds were ranging between 20 and 30 knots. The one-to-two meter swell on offer kept the waves at a perfect size for the pros to
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Ricardo dos Santos dies at 24 years of age 24 January 2015, 00.25 Sports
Ricardo dos Santos dies at 24 years of age
20 January 2015 | Surfing The surfing world is mourning the death of Ricardo dos Santos, a talented wave rider shot by drug addicts in Praia da Guarda do Embaú, a beach located in Palhoca, Santa Catarina, Brazil. Dos
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Jaws is ready for the Peahi Challenge 2015 24 January 2015, 00.25 Sports
Jaws is ready for the Peahi Challenge 2015
20 January 2015 | Surfing The Big Wave Tour (BWT) has raised the green flag. The Peahi Challenge is expecting giant waves as a projected 30-to-40-foot swell prepares to hit the Hawaiian island. "We've greenlit the Peahi
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Things we can learn surfing small waves 24 January 2015, 00.25 Sports
Things we can learn surfing small waves
21 January 2015 | Surfing Do you sit out the day in a vague haze of depression, watching videos and compulsively checking surf forecast? Or do you grab your fish or longboard and have some fun in the small waves? The
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Ricardo dos Santos: a candle in the waves 24 January 2015, 00.25 Sports
Ricardo dos Santos: a candle in the waves
21 January 2015 | Surfing Ricardinho, the Brazilian surfer from Praia da Guarda do Embaú, was not an average surfer. He excelled in surfing, and he had his greatest professional moments inside the barrel. But he died at
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Nathalie Vigia chases her dream in a Volkswagen surf van
21 January 2015 | Surfing Fourteen years ago, Nathalie got in love with the Volkswagen surf van while visiting Australia. She saw people cruising around and chasing waves with surfboards on top of the vehicle. When she
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Helium: the Switch kite for light winds 24 January 2015, 00.25 Sports
Helium: the Switch kite for light winds
16 January 2015 | Kiteboarding The new kite has been designed by Bill Hansen. According to Switch, "the new Helium is a moderately swept, high aspect, high projected area wing specially designed for light air
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Surfers, wax your surfboards: it's the 2015 Volcom Pipe Pro
22 January 2015 | Surfing A fleet of 112 world-class surfers travel to Hawaii to fight for 3000 Qualifying Series (QS) points and a $100,000 prize purse. The 2015 surfing season is officialy opened in the venue of all
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High heel kiteboarding with Hannah Whiteley 24 January 2015, 00.25 Sports
High heel kiteboarding with Hannah Whiteley
15 January 2015 | Kiteboarding Men know how difficult it is to walk on high heels. And women too. Now, imagine the challenges of walking over water in court shoes. It's true, leave it the pros. "Kitesurfing in high heels
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Dale Stanton prevails in the waves of Lancelin 24 January 2015, 00.25 Sports
Dale Stanton prevails in the waves of Lancelin
19 January 2015 | Kiteboarding A windy and consistent afternoon above 22 knots gave athletes a strong base, although the swell being on the smaller side resulted in challenging conditions for the earlier half of the
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The Black Yeti welcomes SP Gadgets in the tour 08 January 2015, 00.14 Sports
The Black Yeti welcomes SP Gadgets in the tour
Elite Other events Industry News 30/12/2014 SP Gadgets is the new 2015 World Rookie Tour general sponsor, supporting all the Northern Hemisphere upcoming events. The 2015 tour will start next week in Laax, Switzerland,
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WST/WSF Asia Regional Judge Session 2015 – Beijing January 11th to 12th 2015
Elite Other events Industry News 27/12/2014 The World Snowboard Tour (WST) and The World Snowboard Federation (WSF) are pleased to announce the WST/WSF Asia Regional Judge Session in Beijing, China from January 11th to
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Battle ROJal – Freestyle Showdown in Schöneben
Elite Other events Industry News 31/12/2014 The QParks Snowboard Tour is on the road again and will once again pay a visit to the Snowpark Schöneben. On January 10th, 2015, the snowpark will be hosting the Battle ROJal
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Audi Snowboard Series – Big Air contest replaces the Pipe event in Davos
Elite Other events Industry News 07/01/2015 Due to the late winter start, Davos was forced to decide not to build a Half Pipe this season. But besides the medium sized Jatz Park on the Davos-Jakobshorn they will also
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13th Red Bull Nanshan Open National Qualifier – This Saturday
Elite Other events Industry News 06/01/2015 The 13th Red Bull Nanshan Open National Qualifier, (World Snowboard Tour National Level) event goes down this Saturday, 10th of January 2015! The qualifier offers all
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Jacob Romero is the 2014 Hawaiian bodyboarding champion
23 December 2014 | Bodyboarding The 29-year-old ripper from Waiehu, Maui, was able to secure his lead in the overall rankings in the Westside Challenge, the last event of the season, held at Keaau. Ben Severson, one of
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Guillermo Cobo wins the Frontón King 2014 08 January 2015, 00.13 Sports
Guillermo Cobo wins the Frontón King 2014
22 December 2014 | Bodyboarding El Frontón didn't deliver the biggest waves of all time, but the Canarian beast did provide pretty contestable rides. If you're a bodyboarding enthusiast, then this spot is for you, no
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"Fans will judge bodyboarders", says Liam O'Toole, co-founder of the Free Surf World Tour
19 December 2014 | Bodyboarding O'Toole is a former professional bodyboarder. He knows the sport, and how it has evolved through time. The Free Surf World Tour will not compete directly with the APB World Tour. Instead,
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Manny Vargas joins the Free Surf World Tour 08 January 2015, 00.13 Sports
Manny Vargas joins the Free Surf World Tour
08 January 2015 | Bodyboarding The Free Surf World Tour (FSWT), founded by Liam O'Toole, is ready to go. Manny Vargas is in the boat, and the first event will run in Europe with the likes of Amaury Lavernhe, Pierre-Louis
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How to enter and exit a rocky bodyboarding break 08 January 2015, 00.13 Sports
How to enter and exit a rocky bodyboarding break
07 January 2015 | Bodyboarding Some reef breaks are tricky. Walking over slimy rocks with your fins on is not a comfortable moment, especially if waves are pounding, and the swell period is particularly short. That is
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Riccardo Leccese drives kite to gold at the 2014 ISAF Sailing World Cup Melbourne
14 December 2014 | Kiteboarding Kiteboarding was added to the Sailing World Cup after the ISAF Council approved their inclusion at the 2013 ISAF Annual Conference in Muscat, Sultanate of Oman. The Abu Dhabi Final last
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For a Swedish surfer getting changed by the fire is a luxury
08 January 2015 | Surfing Hennes & Mauritz, commonly known as H&M, is a multinational retail clothing brand. In wintertime, the Swedish brand produces and sells warm clothes for men and women: hoodies, jackets and
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New Zealand gets ready for The Ultimate Waterman 08 January 2015, 00.13 Sports
New Zealand gets ready for The Ultimate Waterman
07 January 2015 | Surfing The Ultimate Waterman will run between 14th-21st March, in Auckland. The invitation-only contest will get athletes into tow-in surfing, waka ama, longboarding, surfing/shortboard, stand up paddle
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The best surf spots in Northern California 08 January 2015, 00.13 Sports
The best surf spots in Northern California
06 January 2015 | Surfing However, it would be a mistake to cross these shores off of your surf trip lists; some of the most amazing waves can kick up here when the right wind conditions meet powerful west/northwest
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Slingshot develops kite suspension system 08 January 2015, 00.13 Sports
Slingshot develops kite suspension system
06 January 2015 | Kiteboarding The team led by Slingshot Chief Designer Tony Logosz believe they've "did to kites what the suspension system did for mountain bikes. It's a huge breakthrough in the engineering of the RPM
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McNamara's airplane wing foam surfboard by Mercedes-Benz
05 January 2015 | Surfing What's the best way to sell high-end cars? Call a big wave surfer and design a set of innovative surfboards for extreme rides. Then, test them in the most outrageous marine conditions. In this
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Lennart Schulenburg is "Gone With The Wind" 08 January 2015, 00.13 Sports
Lennart Schulenburg is "Gone With The Wind"
05 January 2015 | Kiteboarding The German kiteboarder, born in the Baltic Sea town of Lübeck, rode the best winds and waters of Cumbuco (Peru), Jericoacoara (Brazil), Bolivia, South Africa and Australia. "When I was a
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The extraordinary surfing life of Duke Kahanamoku
02 January 2015 | Surfing Kahanamoku, nicknamed "The Duke" and "The Big Kahuna," is considered to be the father of modern surfing. The Hawaiian won five Olympic medals as a swimmer, but he also showed off in the movie
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Andrew Wong and Erika Heineken steal the 2014 West Coast Tour
31 December 2014 | Kiteboarding The competition attracted 47 participants from 15 countries to both Foil and Formula Raceboard divisions. Wong won two Raceboard events and took the overall title. "The level of competition
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COMMUNITY CUP: THE DOCUMENTARY RELEASES ON ITUNES 26 December 2014, 02.50 Sports
COMMUNITY CUP: THE DOCUMENTARY RELEASES ON ITUNES
Elite Other events Industry News 18/12/2014 16 Women Slopestyle Olympians. A bold caused based event tacking: style, creativity, injuries, community, sustainability. 15 professional female snowboarders gather amongst
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Red Bull Nanshan Open Returns for 13th Edition! 26 December 2014, 02.50 Sports
Red Bull Nanshan Open Returns for 13th Edition!
Elite Other events Industry News 18/12/2014 The Red Bull Nanshan Open continues its hot streak as one of the most talked about contests on the tour as it enters its 13th year. With snowboarding hitting the spotlight
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O’NEILL OPEN 2014 and WORLD SNOWBOARD DAY CHINA AT DOLOMITI
Elite Other events Industry News 16/12/2014 The World Snowboard Tour (WST) seasons kicks off in China with a Regional Level event, the first annual O’NEILL OPEN at Dolomiti Mountain Resort in Chongli, Hebei Province. On
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WORLD SNOWBOARD DAY 26 December 2014, 02.50 Sports
WORLD SNOWBOARD DAY
Elite Other events Industry News 21/12/2014 Sunday, December 21, 2014, promises good times and snowboard-sliding fun. So get your gear ready pronto; today at a resort near you things are about to rock! As usual, you will
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U.S. Rookies Win Top Spots at Revolution Tour 26 December 2014, 02.50 Sports
U.S. Rookies Win Top Spots at Revolution Tour
Elite Other events Industry News 19/12/2014 The first U.S. Revolution Tour of the season took place this week at Copper Mountain, CO with U.S. Rookie Team riders Gabe Ferguson and Maddie Mastro taking home top honors in
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Top Riders Are Confirmed For The 2015 Burton European Open Presented By MINI In Laax
Elite Other events Industry News 19/12/2014 Snowflakes have arrived in the Alps, the snowboarding equipment is ready and many snowboarders have had their first day on snow. Riders and event organizers are in the middle of
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Julian Wilson wins the 2014 Billabong Pipe Masters
20 December 2014 | Surfing But Could Gabriel Medina back the 2014 ASP World Tour title with a victory in the Billabong Pipe Masters? The surfer from Maresias, São Paulo, put on the yellow jersey for a laid-back final
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Gabriel Medina wins maiden ASP World Championship Tour title
20 December 2014 | Surfing Precisely 50 years after the inaugural ISF World Surfing Championships won by Midget Farrelly and Phyllis O'Donnell, a Portuguese-speaking surfer raises the ultimate surfing cup. Gabriel Medina
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East Coast surfing pioneer Mike Tabeling passes away at 65
22 December 2014 | Surfing Tabeling is a legend. A shining star in the Cocoa Beach surfing scene. Mike was a passionate surfer, who didn't let a rare and aggressive form of Renal Cell Carcinoma/Papillary II change his
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World reactions to Gabriel Medina's ASP World Tour title
22 December 2014 | Surfing Brazil is proud of his surfer boy. Gabriel Medina has written a new chapter in the history of competitive surfing. Dilma Rousseff, President of Brazil "Congratulations to Gabriel Medina, the
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The Top 34 surfers of the 2015 World Surf League 26 December 2014, 02.50 Sports
The Top 34 surfers of the 2015 World Surf League
22 December 2014 | Surfing The ASP World Tour lived 30 years. In 2015, the brand gets a new name. The World Surf League will kick off with three Australian legs, starting February 28th. There will be 12 Australian
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Titans of Mavericks: 24 surfers defy the legendary wave
23 December 2014 | Surfing The one-day competition will crown a legend for the history books. Surviving huge wipeouts, cold water, and a shark-infested line-up is not a challenge for the average surfer. But the Titans of
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Gallery | Alex Lynn 26 December 2014, 02.50 Sports
Gallery | Alex Lynn
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The best kiteboarding spots in California 26 December 2014, 02.50 Sports
The best kiteboarding spots in California
17 December 2014 | Kiteboarding The best season to launch a kite in California is definitely summer. The northwest air current, and the temperature differences between the sun-heated land and the fresh Pacific waters are
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Unicorn Picnic: Pretty Faces 26 December 2014, 02.50 Sports
Unicorn Picnic: Pretty Faces
Ski videos are rarely short of breathtaking scenary, abundant powder and fresh tricks, but one potent ingredient has been missing from the spotlight for too long—female athletes. This season, Unicorn Picnic Productions is
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5 Reasons to Get OnTheSnow’s New App, Stat 26 December 2014, 02.50 Sports
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Your new favorite app awaits you in the Google Play/App Store. Unless, that is, you’re among the early adopters who’ve already downloaded the brand new OnTheSnow Ski & Snow Report app as of 10.27.2014.   Whether
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Five flags win gold medals at the 2014 ISA World Bodyboard Championship
13 December 2014 | Bodyboarding Five bodyboarders from five different countries claimed top honours on the last day of competition. Tristan Roberts, from South Africa, stole the show in the Open Men's division. "Words
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The 2015 APB World Tour schedule 26 December 2014, 02.50 Sports
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24 December 2014 | Bodyboarding The 2015 APB World Tour schedule is out. There are seven 5-star events (Arica, Itacoatiara, New South Wales, Maldives, Nazaré, Teahupoo, and Middles Beach), four 4-star contests (Bahia,
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Virgin Kitesurfing Armada improves British record
15 October 2014 | Kiteboarding Despite failing to break the Guinness World Record (352 kiteboarders) set in Tarifa, Spain, the British fleet improved last year's mark (318 participants). "As a keen kitesurfer, I am fully
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The worst kitesurfing accidents caught on tape 19 October 2014, 22.27 Sports
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Oliver Bridge and Julien Kerneur storm the 2014 Kiteboard North American Championships
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The Surfing Christmas Gift Guide for 2014 19 October 2014, 22.27 Sports
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Papoa welcomes big wave surfing enthusiasts 19 October 2014, 22.27 Sports
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How can surfers rescue struggling swimmers? 19 October 2014, 22.27 Sports
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The 2014 ASP World Tour will be decided in Pipeline
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Ritalin use for ADHD soars fourfold as child psychologists warn of untested drug cocktails PDF Print E-mail
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More youngsters are being prescribed Ritalin for ADHD despite clinical guidelines to the contrary, say child psychologists Photograph: Murdo Macleod for the Observer

Prescriptions of Ritalin for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder have quadrupled in a decade, prompting fears it is being pushed on children at the expense of alternative treatments and without appreciation of long-term effects.

Figures released by the NHS business services authority to the Liberal Democrat MP Tessa Munt reveal the number of prescriptions of methylphenidate hydrochloride, the generic name for Ritalin, rose in England from 158,000 in 1999 to 661,463 in 2010.

Ritalin is a psychostimulant drug most commonly approved for treatment of ADHD in children. It is also used to treat conditions such as narcolepsy and in certain cases may also be prescribed for lethargy, depression and obesity.

The Association of Educational Psychologists said its members were reporting an increase in children with behavioural difficulties being prescribed the drug in conjunction with antidepressants, despite the fact there was "little to no evidence about the effect which these cocktails of drugs are having on the development of children's brains".

The association claims clinical studies show the "beneficial effects of psychostimulant medication are not sustained over the long term, necessitating stronger and stronger dosages to be prescribed over time" and that it is "becoming a common practice for children to be prescribed stronger dosages than recommended in the morning as a 'top-up' or 'kickstart' dose so that medication lasts the full school day".

Munt, who until recently sat on the education select committee, said there were natural alternatives that could help combat ADHD. She highlighted a report commissioned by the RSPB that suggested activities in a natural environment appear to improve children's symptoms by 30% compared with urban outdoor activities, and threefold compared to playing indoors. But Munt said many young people were prevented from enjoying the outdoors because of reasons such as lack of school playing fields and the distractions posed by video games, smartphones and social networking.

"It is extremely alarming that in the decade up to 2010, prescriptions for Ritalin quadrupled," she said. "Statistics show that 90% of prescriptions for this powerful drug in 2004 were used to combat behavioural problems in school-age children. I am shocked that there has been such a huge explosion in use."

ADHD is believed to affect between 5% and 10% of schoolchildren in the UK. Symptoms include overactive and impulsive behaviour and difficulty paying attention. The increase in Ritalin prescriptions appears to mirror the US where there was an 83% increase in sales of the drug between 2006 and 2010.

How many children are being prescribed the drug is difficult to quantify from official data. Munt said: "Unless the Department of Health collects vital statistical data about prescribing habits, no one will know what is happening.

"We hear teachers tell of their students' lack of ability to concentrate, from police about increasingly disruptive and antisocial behaviour, and from parents unable to control the actions of young family members. We need to show young people how to deal with the normal stresses and strains of growing up. Resorting to powerful drugs only stores up trouble for the future."

The Association of Educational Psychologists said it believed guidelines were not being followed. The guidelines recommend that ADHD medication should not be prescribed to pre-school children for the long term.nor in isolation from other therapeutic interventions, without consultation But the association said it was aware of a substantial increase in the number of children aged under six, and in some cases as young as three, being prescribed ADHD drugs. It said an informal survey of educational psychology practitioners across the West Midlands had revealed there were more than 100 children under six on the medication in the area. "This is reaffirmed across the country by our members," the association said.

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