By Dr. Brian McDonough, Medical Editor

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – There is a disturbing report in the journal Pediatrics which may have an important message about racial disparities in health care.

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Compared to white children, African American children were 69% less likely to be diagnosed with ADHD, and Hispanics were 50% less likely.

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In addition to this, the study found that minorities were less likely than whites to be taking ADHD medications.

From a study standpoint it is important to note that the authors aren’t saying minority children are less likely to have ADHD, they are just less likely to get diagnosed.

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Many cases are picked up in school: kids are more likely to have an ADHD diagnosis if they’re male, raised by an older mother, being raised in an english-speaking household, and if they show problem behaviors like arguing with teachers, fighting or disrupting the classroom.