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Addiction tends to run in families
If people find pleasure in ingesting a substance or engaging in an event, they keep doing it. Addiction occurs when the action becomes compulsive and interferes with life responsibilities.
New research suggests people may inherit the disease of addiction. Through our genes, it travels from generation to generation.
Author Jessica Berman talks about the hereditary risk of addiction in an article titled “Inherited Vulnerability to Drug Addiction Discovered.”
“Substance abuse is known to run in families,” Berman writes. “Having an addicted family member increases a person’s risk of addiction by eight to 10 percent above the general population.”
Those findings strike close to home for me and my sisters. We have an addictive parent, and must constantly watch how we conduct ourselves with substances to make sure we don’t relive the vicious cycle.
We know firsthand that addiction affects not only addicts but also those around them.
Having an alcoholic father is somewhat like a dormant storm. You never know when something is going to hit but when it does, it destroys everything within a 10-mile radius.
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Childhood trauma may contribute to teen weight problems
Children who have gone through trying times are more likely to be overweight by age 15, a new study suggests.
Stress in childhood has been associated with a greater risk of becoming overweight, although the link isn’t always consistent from study to study, researchers said.
“I felt like I was seeing a lot of children who had experienced stress early in their lives later gain weight pretty rapidly” Dr. Julie Lumeng at the University of Michigan Medical School told Reuters Health.
“There has been quite a bit of research looking at stress in the lives of adults leading to weight gain, but it has not been studied as much in children,” said Lumeng, who led the new study.
“We did this particular study because it looked at simply ‘events’ that had occurred in children’s lives and then asked mothers to rate the events in terms of how much of an impact they had,” Lumeng said.
The researchers used data from the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development Study of Early Child Care and Youth Development.
The mothers of 848 children enrolled in the study completed surveys when their children were 4, 9 and 11 years old. They were asked if any of 71 different life events had occurred during the previous year, and they rated the impact of the event on a scale from -3 (extremely negative) to zero (no effect) to +3 (extremely positive).
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Teens Who Stay Up Late Could Face Academic, Emotional Problems Later On
Teens who stay up late on school nights — whether it be due to homework, chatting online with friends or late sports practices — may experience more academic andemotional problems than their peers who are earlier to bed, a new study suggests.
Researchers from the University of California, Berkeley, found that teens who went to bed later than 11:30 p.m. on school nights and 1:30 a.m. in the summer had lower GPAs than teens who got to bed earlier. They were also more susceptible to emotional problems.
“This very important study adds to the already clear evidence that youth who are night owls are at greater risk for adverse outcomes,” study researcher Allison Harvey, a psychologist at UC Berkeley, said in a statement. “Helping teens go to bed earlier may be an important pathway for reducing risk.”
The Journal of Adolescent Health study included 2,700 teens in grades 7 to 12 who were part of the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health. Researchers analyzed their sleep habits and circadian patterns. About 30 percent of the teens said they went to bed later than 11:30 p.m. on school nights and 1:30 a.m. in the summer.
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