Study: ADHD is overdiagnosed and overtreated

Like autism, ADHD lies on a spectrum, and some children should not be treated.

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  • ADHD is an extremely contentious disorder in terms of diagnosis and treatment.
  • A research team examined 334 studies on ADHD published between 1979 and 2020.
  • The team concluded that ADHD is being overdiagnosed and overtreated in children with milder symptoms.
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Why kids take board games so seriously

How morally developed are you?

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  • Lawrence Kohlberg's experiments gave children a series of moral dilemmas to test how they differed in their responses across various ages.
  • He identified three separate stages of moral development from the egoist to the principled person.
  • Some people do not progress through all the stages of moral development, which means they will remain "morally undeveloped."
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The birth of childhood: A brief history of the European child

Did the 20th century bring a breakthrough in how children are treated?

Jan Steen - A School for Boys and Girls [c.1670]

It took several thousand years for our culture to realize that a child is not an object. Learning how to treat children as humans continues to this day.

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Targeting microbiome can help treat malnourished children

Healthy people need healthy microbiomes from an early age.

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  • 30 million children worldwide suffer from moderate acute malnutrition.
  • Lifelong problems from undernourishment include increased risks of diabetes and heart problems.
  • New research shows that targeting the microbiome could help malnourished children grow up healthy.
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Why hasn’t evolution made human childbirth easier?

The answer seems to be a series of evolutionary trade-offs that help protect organs in women, according to a recent study.

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  • Human childbirth is a relatively painful and dangerous process, due largely to the "obstetrical dilemma."
  • The obstetrical dilemma describes how human infants have big heads, but their mothers have relatively small birth canals and pelvic floors.
  • The new study found that having a smaller pelvic floor helps maintain the integrity of women's organs, even though it makes childbirth difficult.
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