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Parents Smoking & Depression Linked
to Increased ADHD Risk in Children

A new study has identified adults smoking and depression as family environmental factors associated with the development of attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in children. The findings, which are published in Asia Pacific Psychiatry, come from an analysis of information on 23,561 children in Korea.

From a public healthcare perspective, the results illuminate the need to increase awareness of parental factors that have the potential to contribute to ADHD in children. This could be incorporated into stop smoking campaigns or depression self-recognition programs. Our finding added to the evidence supporting the need for ADHD prevention strategies and would be helpful in the development of effective public prevention policies intended to promote heathy family environments said corresponding author Dr. Jin-won Kwon, of Kyungpook National University, in South Korea.


 Can Community Exercise Help Prevent Bone Loss
Associated with Weight Loss in Older Adults?

In a Journal of Bone and Mineral Research study of older adults with obesity who were cutting calories, an intervention that incorporated resistance training, aerobic training, or neither did not prevent bone loss associated with active weight loss. The study’s results suggested that resistance training may help minimize long-term hip bone loss, However seIf minimizing bone loss during active weight loss proves necessary to offset long-term skeletal fragility, then our results suggest that resistance exercise may need to be coupled with other intervention strategies to maximize skeletal benefit, said lead author Dr. Kristen Beavers, of Wake Forest University. Additional research should seek to elucidate the mechanisms underlying weight-loss–induced bone loss, so that safe and effective strategies can be designed to preserve all aspects of bone health in dieting older individuals.

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