August 24, 2012

Unhealed Inner Pain the Cause

1 ADHD Girls Often Injure Selves As Adults

American teenage and pre-teen girls who display signs of ADHD, or attention deficit hyperactivity disorder -- poor attention span, intense activity levels, impulsive behavior -- are much more likely later, in early adulthood, to engage in self-destructive behavior patterns to the detriment of their health. Specifically, a new U.C. Berkeley study which tracked such girls for ten years found that more than half of those with ADHD went on to intentionally physically injure themselves, while more than 20 percent attempted to take their own lives. The study involved 228 Bay Area girls, and supports previous research indicating that ADHD girls learn to control their outward signs of the disease over time, but not the painful inner emotions that underlie them.

More at Sfgate.com | Posted 5 years ago by Robert S. Wieder

Previously: ADHD Misdiagnosed in Some Immature Kids

Tags: ADHD, Teenage Girls with ADHD, ADHD and Self-Injury, ADHD and Suicide, Teenage Girls and Self-Injury

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Deteriorate More Rapidly

2 Women with Alzheimer’s Fare Worse Than Men

Women with Alzheimer’s deteriorate more rapidly than men, find researchers from the U of Hertfordshire. When testing Alzheimer’s patients for cognition, researchers found that men performed better across the five cognitive areas they examined, including episodic and semantic memory and visuospatial tasks. In addition, the verbal skills of afflicted women are worse than men with Alzheimer’s, which is in stark contrast to the healthy population in which women fare far better than men. While researchers are uncertain as to why it is that women with Alzheimer’s deteriorate faster than men, they say it may be due to estrogen loss - but emphasize that further studies are needed to examine sex differences. It’s estimated that there are currently 30 million people with Alzheimer’s worldwide.

More at ScienceDaily.com | Posted 5 years ago by Melody Lesser

Previously: Cognitive Exercises Don't Prevent Alzheimer's

Tags: Alzheimer's, Cognition, Cognitive Decline, Memory, Memory Loss, University of Hartfordshire

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Not Just an Adult Disease

3 Overweight Kids More Prone to Gallstones

Overweight children are twice as likely to have gallstones, says a Kaiser Permanente study that found that the more overweight a child is, the more at risk he or she is for gallstone disease. Extremely obese kids are 6 times as likely to have gallstones while those who are moderately obese are 4 times as likely to have the disease vs children with a normal BMI. The study, based on the health records of more than 510,000 children ages 10 - 19, also indicated a stronger association between obesity and gallstones in girls than boys - but overweight boys are not immune to the disease. "The high rate of gallstones in obese children and adolescents may surprise pediatricians because gallstone disease is generally regarded as an adult disorder,” says senior study author George Longstreth, MD.

More at ScienceDaily.com | Posted 5 years ago by Melody Lesser

Previously: A Program of Exercise Lowers Gallstone Risk

Tags: Childhood Obesity, Kaiser Permanente, Obesity, Gallstone Disease, Gallstones in Kids, Obesity and Gallstones, George Longstreth

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No Rotting Teeth Staring Back

4 Court Rules Against Graphic Cigarette Labels

Cigarette companies don't have to comply with the federal rules for including graphic warning images on their packages, ruled a U.S. appeals court. The graphic images include rotting teeth, a man exhaling smoke through a hole in his throat, diseased lungs and more. The FDA says that the images are accurate and necessary to warn people, especially teens, about the risks of smoking. However, the court found that the label requirement from the FDA violates corporate speech requirements. Judge Janice Rogers Brown of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit said that the FDA hasn't "provided a shred of evidence" to show that the images would help reduce smoking.

More at MSNBC | Posted 5 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: Graphic Warnings to Appear on Cigarette Packs

Tags: Graphic Cigarette Warning Labels Struck Down, Graphic Warning Labels Not Required, Violation Corporate Speech, Effectiveness Cigarette Warnings

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Over 50 More at Risk

5 Will You Become Sick from West Nile Virus?

So far in 2012, there have been 1,118 West Nile virus (WNV) cases in people (including 41 deaths) reported to the CDC, but not everyone who is infected gets sick. About 80 percent of people infected with WNV will not have symptoms. Yet, people who are more than 50 years old are at higher risk of developing severe illness from a WNV infection. The CDC says that anyone who spends time outside playing or working is at risk, but the risk for getting WNV from a blood transfusion or organ transplant is very low. Those who develop WNV symptoms do so between three and 14 days after being bitten by an infected mosquito. There is no specific treatment for WNV infection, but those with severe illness can receive supportive treatment in a hospital.

More at CDC | Posted 5 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: 2012 Worst Since 2004 for West Nile Virus

Tags: West Nile Virus Epidemic in Texas, Treatment West Nile Virus Infection, Infected Mosquito, West Nile Virus Sickness, Over 50 More Risk West Nile Virus

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