Increase in Childhood ADHD Linked to Poverty

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  • Increase in childhood ADHD linked to poverty: A recent study from the University of Exeter Medical School in UK published in the Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry found that there is a link between poverty and childhood ADHD. Their results indicate that significantly more children with ADHD come from lower class families. Specifically children who lived in social housing or in rented apartments were almost three times more likely to have ADHD than children from families who owned their apartment or who were paying off a mortgage on their own homes. The results also showed that younger mothers and single parents were more likely to have a child diagnosed with ADHD. The principal researcher Dr. Ginny Russell stated: ”There is a genetic element to ADHD, but this study provides strong evidence that ADHD is also associated with a disadvantaged social and economic background.”
  • Male contraceptive pill is on a horizon: New findings that could lead to the male contraceptive pill were recently published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. The Australian and British researchers identified two proteins that can be blocked to prevent the launch of sperm cells from testicles during ejaculation. As they described their finding: “This concept is indeed a feasible mechanism of producing male contraception.” A male contraceptive pill is far more complicated process since the fundamental problem is ensuring that every single one of the millions of sperm cells produced by a man is stopped from fertilizing the female egg; and it only takes one sperm to do the job.
  • Not all healthy vegetable oils are actually good for your heart: A recent study published in the journal of Canadian Medical Association suggests that some vegetable oils that claim to be healthy may actually increase the risk of heart disease. Specifically vegetable oils rich in omega-6 linoleic acid but relatively poor in omega-3 α-linolenic acid such as corn and safflower oil. In their study, researches replaced saturated fat with sources of safflower oil or safflower oil margarine. The results shown significant decrease in serum cholesterol levels (by about 8-13%) however death rate from all causes of cardiovascular and coronary artery diseases significantly increased in the treatment group.
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