Author : Isabella Sotlar
Joplin High School Joplin, MO, United States
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is a disorder commonly diagnosed in children. Stimulants are the most common medicine used to treat ADHD. Stimulant medication used to treat ADHD in children has been suspected to stunt growth. Pseudoephedrine is a decongestant used to treat colds, but is also a stimulant similar to the medicines used to treat ADHD. Using Caenorhabditis elegans (C. elegans) as a model for humans, tests were done to determine if growth was affected by the use of pseudoephedrine. The tests consisted of administering pseudoephedrine to the C. elegans once daily, observing their movement and growth, measuring them, and recording the data collected from those trials. The data was run through statistical analysis and comparisons were made. The average length of the group treated with pseudoephedrine was 7.06% shorter than the control group. Overall the data comparisons were cohesive with the hypothesis that the use of pseudoephedrine negatively affects growth.
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