Wednesday, February 6, 2013

News Items from the Publishers of 2e: Twice-Exceptional Newsletter

LD ACHIEVERS. A reader in the Houston, Texas, area tipped us off to an article in a regional publication. Titled "Learning Differences -- All Grown Up," the article profiles successful adults in the Houston area such as a dyslexic orthopedic surgeon, a PhD prep school head with dysgraphia, and a businessman with AD/HD. Our reader in Houston says she showed the article to her twice-exceptional son as encouragement. Find the article. Thanks, Tanya!

AD/HD AND PARENTS. Children in families with parental violence and/or depression are later diagnosed with AD/HD at statistically higher levels, according to a new study. Exposure to just parental depression was linked to later prescriptions of psychotropics. Find out more

SCIENCE AND GENDER. According to The New York Times, girls scored better than boys on a science test taken by 15-year-olds in 65 countries. But not in the United States. An interactive graph shows the study results, and accompanying text offers possible explanations for the disparity. Find the article

SOMETHING ELSE TO WORRY ABOUT. It turns out that some food manufacturers may be adding nanoparticles such as titanium dioxide to their foods, knowingly or unknowingly, but in the US, unlike Europe, acknowledging the presence of those particles on the label is evidently not required. The problem with the particles can be that they enter the blood stream through ingestion or inhalation, passing where larger particles cannot. At the current time, research into the effect of such particles in the body is apparently "limited." Find out more

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