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Sadly, for some time, it has been known that children who suffer abuse, neglect, poverty, or trauma often develop depression and other psychiatric illnesses. As adults, that kind of stress often translates into greater incidence of medical illnesses, including cancer, cardiovascular disease, and diabetes.
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Parenting from before conception: Babies’ health doesn’t ‘start from scratch’

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August 14, 201, University of Adelaide There’s now overwhelming evidence that a child’s future health is influenced by more than just their parents’ genetic material, and that children born of unhealthy parents will already be pre-programmed for greater risk of poor health, according to University of Adelaide researchers.
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Older fathers linked to offspring’s serious psychiatric and academic problems

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Examining an immense data set — everyone born in Sweden from 1973 until 2001 — the researchers documented a compelling association between advancing paternal age at childbearing and numerous psychiatric disorders and educational problems in their children, including autism, ADHD, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, suicide attempts and substance abuse problems.
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Acetaminophen During Pregnancy Linked to ADHD in Children

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 Date: February 25, 2014

The UCLA researchers used the Danish National Birth Cohort, a nationwide study of pregnancies and children, to examine pregnancy complications and diseases in offspring as a function of factors operating in early life.  The researchers studied 64,322 children and mothers who were enrolled in the Danish cohort from 1996 to 2002.
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Bullying, Bad Even for DNA!

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Dr. Louise Arseneault’s group from King’s College London has discovered that being bullied can actually lead to a wide range of epigenetically induced mental health problems like depression and anxiety. In twin studies they observed that the bullied twin showed a decreased cortisol response.Decreased cortisol responses have  been linked to poor stress coping strategies and play a role in a number of  mental disorders.
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Medical Effects of Pessimism and Optimism

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CHRIS PETERSON,a professor at Virginia Tech discovered  that pessimists had twice as many infectious diseases and made twice as many trips to the doctor as the optimists.  Martin Seligman of the University of Pennsylvania, in effect explained Peterson’s observations by establishing that optimists actually have better immune activity than pessimists.
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From the Pilgrims to the Cage Fighters

In Control, Dopamine, Dumb Things, Epigenetics, Influences, Neuroplasticity and Society, Politics, Success by DC McGuireLeave a Comment

The vector of development our species has followed to this point is exhausted. Thinking and behavior that propelled humanity out of caves, into tribes with, livestock, crops, into villages with guilds and governments, and finally into nations, with opportunities to learn, grown and express our potential, has hit a wall.
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Wire My Brain QUIZ!

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1.  True or False?

a.  T __ F__The brain we get at birth is hardwired from birth

b.  T __ F__Our fate of our DNA is written in stone from the moment of  conception


a. False:  Until very recently scientists believed the answer was True, with the exception of limited tweaking we could do with the nurturing of parents, enriched intellectual and physical environments, and education.
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