THE DAILY DOSE: Poor children more prone to mental health problems; Diabetes and TB linked in developing world

According to a study published in the Public Library of Science, children raised in lower socioeconomic status environments suffer from more mental health problems later in life than peers from higher economic statuses. The authors conclude, “The findings suggest that the reduction of socioeconomic inequalities and interventions for families with low parental education might help to reduce children’s mental health problems.”

Illumina is throwing its hat into the ancient DNA arena. They will be helping to map out fragments of thousands of years old DNA in the hopes of learning about today’s mental health problems and neurological disorders. “It will be extremely valuable if, by going back 10,000 years, we can acquire new information about when, and under which environmental conditions, a brain disorder may have been introduced into human DNA,” Paula Dowdy, Illumina’s general manager for Europe, Middle East and Africa, said in a statement.

A recent study published in the Lancet Global Health has called attention to the link between diabetes and tuberculosis, particularly in low income settings. The researchers pooled data from 200 observational studies. “The systematic review showed a very high prevalence of diabetes occurring among patients receiving treatment for tuberculosis in low-resource settings, including Africa. The pooled estimate for these patients was nearly twice as high as in general adult population.”

Very hot drinks may pose a cancer risk, according to scientists at Tehran University of Medical Sciences in Iran. They conducted a large scale study that observed and examined 50,000 men and women. Drinking 700 milliliters or more a day of tea that was at least 60 degrees Celsius “was consistently associated with an about 90 percent increase in esophageal squamous cell carcinoma risk.”

A dig site at Huanchaquito-Las Llamas has turned out to be the largest child and camelids sacrifice discovered in the New World. Radiocarbon dating indicates that the remains were from a single mass killing where 140 children and 200 camelids were sacrificed. While researchers can’t be certain as to why the sacrifice occurred, they believe it is because of a climatic event that disrupted life in the city.

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