GET YOUR RED HOTS, CAREFULLY. Bacon and hot dogs were singled out in a study that concludes that women who eat a lot of red meat in general are at increased risk for type 2 diabetes.
The report, appearing in the medical journal Diabetes Care, is based on the long-running Women's Health Study. Women who ate the most red meat were 28 percent more likely to develop diabetes over almost nine years than women eating the least.
HOUSEHOLD BUDGET DEFICIT DISORDER. Attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) costs Americans suffering from the condition about $77 billion in lost income a year, a Harvard researcher said last week.
Usually considered a childhood disorder, ADHD also affects about 8 million U.S. adults and is linked to job loss, lower income, higher divorce rates and more driving accidents, said Joseph Biederman, professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School.
By comparison, the direct and indirect costs of drug abuse are estimated at $58.3 billion a year, depression about $43.7 billion, and alcohol abuse about $85.8 billion, he said.
About 3 to 5 percent of adults suffer from ADHD and most do not know they have it, he said. "Unless someone asks the key questions to make a diagnosis, diagnosis is impossible," he said.
Researchers' figures were based on the the reduced incomes reported by ADHD sufferers and the number of Americans with the disorder.
High school graduates with ADHD had household incomes about $10,800 lower than those without the disorder, he said. For college graduates, household incomes were $4,300 lower.
Properly treated, adult ADHD sufferers can complete degrees, get jobs and secure their financial future, he said.
WHY ARE WOMEN NOT SURPRISED? Half of British fathers either continue to doze or pretend to be asleep when their babies cry during the night, a survey released last week shows.
In addition to the 52 percent of dads who do not get up with their wailing children, a further 22 percent only get up after their partner has already crawled out of bed. The magazine Mother & Baby surveyed 2,000 U.K. parents.
The lack of support leaves six in 10 mothers feeling bitter toward their partners. Restless nights also mean 86 percent of mums prefer sleep to sex.
-- From News Services and Staff Reports