Fast Food Linked to Lower Test Scores in Children

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  • Fast food linked to lower test scores in children: According to a new study from the Ohio State University, the amount and frequency of fast food children consume may be linked to their school performance. This study doesn’t particularly explain reasons why fast-food consumption is linked to lower grades, however previous studies have proven that lack of certain nutrients in fast food such as iron, lowers child’s cognitive development. In addition, frequent consumption of foods high in fats and sugars, such a fast-food meals, have shown hurting immediate memory and learning processes. Researchers found that the more frequently children reported eating fast food in fifth grade, the lower their growth in reading, math, and science test scores by the time they reached eighth grade. As Kelly Purtell, lead author of the study and assistant professor of human sciences at The Ohio State University, explained: “Students who ate the most fast food had test score gains that were up to about 20 percent lower than those who didn’t eat any fast food. There’s a lot of evidence that fast-food consumption is linked to childhood obesity, but the problems don’t end there. Relying too much on fast food could hurt how well children do in the classroom as well.”
  • Cancer is predominantly caused by random mutations, not genetics or environment: According to a new research study from the Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center recently published in the journal Science, cancer is often caused by the “bad luck” of random mutations that arise when cells divide, not family history or environmental causes. The results indicate that about two-thirds of adult cancer incidence across tissues can be explained primarily by “bad luck,” when these random mutations occur in genes that can drive cancer growth, while the remaining one third are due to environmental factors and inherited genes. As Bert Vogelstein, M.D., the Clayton Professor of Oncology at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, co-director of the Ludwig Center at Johns Hopkins and an investigator at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute explained: “Cancer-free longevity in people exposed to cancer-causing agents, such as tobacco, is often attributed to their ‘good genes,’ but the truth is that most of them simply had good luck. However, poor lifestyles can add to the bad luck factor in the development of cancer.”
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