Bismillah, alhamdulillah: what do playing tennis and Ritalin have to do with one another? The clue is in the first 4 letters of the word Ritalin. Rita happened to be the name of the wife of the chemist who discovered the drug. She is supposed to have used it to boost her tennis games! This Eyewitness program by the BBC on the discovery of Ritalin and the first RCT for children who had ADHD is a great listen. One child in the trial told his mum after taking the drug, ‘You don’t have  to shout at me, I understand you now.’

Have a listen…
URL: http://open.live.bbc.co.uk/mediaselector/5/redir/version/2.0/mediaset/audio-nondrm-download-low/proto/http/vpid/p03xhd0c.mp3

The drug Ritalin was originally used as a stimulant for adults – until researchers discovered it could help children concentrate. It’s now taken by millions of patients around the world to treat Atten…

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