UCSF study: Ritalin works in more ways than one 

Ritalin – the study aid drug some say is a bit too popular among under-the-gun college students – not only helps improve young people’s ability to focus on tasks, but enhances speed of learning, according to a study penned by UC-San Francisco professors.

“The research demonstrated that one type of dopamine receptor aids the ability to focus, and another type improves the learning itself,” the university said in a statement released Monday.

The finding “could help in the development of better targeted drugs, with fewer side effects, to increase focus and learning,” said Antonello Bonci, principal investigator at the Ernest Gallo Clinic and Research Center and professor of neurology at UCSF.

The Gallo Center is affiliated with the UCSF Department of Neurology.

The paper was published online in “Nature Neuroscience” on Sunday.

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