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Your child’s performance in school may be affected by your depressive tendencies. This was revealed by a recent study that delved into a potential link between parental depression and the child’s scholastic attitude.
A research team led by Brian K. Lee of Philadelphia’s Drexel University School of Public Health arrived as this discovery after reviewing depression cases of parents in Sweden, as well as the school records of more than 1.1 million Swedish children born between 1984 and 1994.
Results of the study, as posted in a news report, showed that mothers and fathers who were diagnosed with depression before a period known as the final compulsory school year were more likely to have their kids perform poorly in school. The biggest impact was observed on the depression of the mother, which led to a larger effect on the performance of their daughters in school.
The team believes that their research shows how the psychology of parents can affect how their children act and perform in school “Because parental depression may be more amendable to improvement compared with other influences, such as socioeconomic status, it is worth verifying the present results in independent cohorts. If the associations observed are causal, the results strengthen the case even further for intervention and support among children of affected parents,” the authors said.
The study was recently published in JAMA Psychiatry.
Before you buy that bottle of energy drink for your kids, check out this latest update from a study by a faculty member of the University of Calgary.
Study author Dr. Jane Shearer, who works as kinesiology associate at the university, investigated the effects of energy drink consumption on the overall health of teenagers. The study involved 10 male and 10 female teenagers between the ages of 13 and 19 who were given one sample each of an energy drink called 5-Hour Energy. For the experiment, the participants were handed a random variant of the energy drink: caffeinated or decaffeinated, with both variants being sugar-free. Forty minutes after drinking the energy beverage, each participant was given a portion of sugar.
Results of the study showed that those who drank the caffeine-containing energy drink variant had 25 percent higher levels of glucose and insulin than the group who consumed decaffeinated drinks. Shearer explained that this might be due to a potential effect of the energy drink in the natural insulin resistance of the body. “If you have a teenager consuming two of these drinks a day and they are susceptible for Type 2 diabetes… Having this dietary habit may promote or accelerate that disease process,” Shearer said in a news release.
Shearer believes that the study could pose as a warning for parents in guiding their children towards avoiding these types of drinks. “We know that about approximately 30 per cent of teens consume energy drinks… We know that about 50 per cent of college-age athletes in Alberta consume energy drinks,” she added.
A single can of energy drink may look innocent, but a recent study revealed that it can significantly increase the level of stress hormones and blood pressure in young adults.
Study lead author Dr. Anna Svatikova, who works as cardiologist at a Minnesota Mayo Clinic, discovered that after drinking 16 ounces of the “Rockstar Punched” energy drink, there was a 74 percent boost in the level of the hormone norepinephrine, which is responsible for the fight-or-flight action in people. The drink also caused a significant spike in blood pressure. “The worry is that if these responses are seen in healthy young people, perhaps the effects of energy drinks may be more pronounced in people who already have high blood pressure,” Svatikova said in a news release.
The study followed 25 individuals between age 26 and 31 who weren’t diagnosed with heart ailments. The participants were asked to drink either Rockstar Punched or a fake energy drink in two separate days. Results showed that the branded drink caused the norepinephrine level to shoot up more than twice than the people who drank the fake variant.
Svatikova attributes this alarmingly huge impact to Rockstar Punched’s contents, which include “caffeine, taurine, guarana, ginseng and milk thistle extract.”
The study poses as a warning to the general public. “For the consumers, they should use caution when consuming energy drinks, because these drinks may increase their risk of sudden heart problems, even among young people,” the study author added.
More than one in every five adults between 18 and 24 years old have tried using electronic cigarettes, according to a recent report by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The findings were presented as part of the agency’s National Health Interview Survey in 2014, and reported in this news article.
The survey was conducted on close to 37,000 adults, who were asked if they have tried using e-cigarettes at least once in their lifetime, and if they are currently using the smoking device. Results revealed that about 13 percent of U.S. adults have tried e-cigarettes, while 4 percent have admitted to be using them at the present.
What troubles the agency, though, is the disparity in the usage per age group. While the members of the older generation (i.e. at least 65 years old) have tried the device at least once, the figure for young adults aged 18 to 24 was at 22 percent. In terms of current use, more than 5 percent of young adults admit to use electronic cigs now, significantly higher than the one percent of elders.
Despite the conduct of the survey on an annual basis, this marks the first time that questions on e-cigarette use were asked. “This was the first year that the NCHS has even asked these questions. So we can only speculate as to why, as we watch to see how the trends unfold over time,” said study co-author Charlotte Schoenborn, who also works at the CDC’s U.S. National Center for Health Statistics.