Two drugs used to treat behavior disorders in children might increase other disease risks, as research suggests Benzedrine and Dexadrine are linked to Parkinson's disease. That‘s according to new research presented at last month‘s meeting of American neurologists. For this study, researchers looked at data for 66,000 men and women living in California. During the 30-year study, 1,154 people developed Parkinson's disease.

Researchers discovered the drugs Benzedrine and Dexadrine and are linked to Parkinson's disease. In fact, volunteers who took these drugs were 60 percent more likely to develop Parkinson‘s (compared to those who didn‘t take the drugs).

Benzedrine and Dexadrine are components in drugs used to treat ADHD, narcolepsy, and brain injuries. The researchers call for more research into the problem. But clearly, there‘s a connection.

So before anyone puts their kid on an amphetamine for ADHD, I suggest looking at artificial food additives instead. Two weeks ago, I told you about a study that connected hyperactivity in children with artificial food coloring. As always, investigate all your options before resorting to risky drug treatments.