poverty

  1. ScurveDream

    Jobs will not fix poverty, improve standard of living much, or overall quell financial problems

    It's said by many political figureheads, workaday people, your neighbors possibly and family, etc. that more access to jobs will help lift people out of poverty. The funny thing is, though, that plenty of substantial data can likely be found that shows fluctuations in job demand, supply, etc...
  2. haidut

    Childhood stress causes mental illness in adults by blunting androgens

    Yet another great study solidifying the evidence on just how detrimental early childhood stress is. It has been known for decades that childhood stress leads to early puberty, and that the latter is associated with greatly increased risk of chronic diseases later in life, as well as early death...
  3. haidut

    Poverty Makes People Dumb And Prematurely Old

    A common debate in public policy is whether people slide into poverty because they are stupid or being poor makes people stupid and unable to cope with life. The study below adds some evidence to the latter claim and found that extended poverty (20 years or longer) exposure also causes premature...
  4. haidut

    Environmental Quality, Not Genetics, Determines Testosterone Levels In Men

    The genetic theory of testosterone (T) levels is one of the cornerstones of all authoritarian regimes. Genetically superior males, it goes, are destined to rise to the top and dominate their more submissive brethren, with the Hulks hoarding up all the women and natural resources along their way...
  5. haidut

    Stress (from Poverty) Leads To Early Puberty And Health Problems In Adulthood

    I recently posted a study on the effects of pregnancy stress (cortisol) on the development and aging of an organism. Chronic Stress During Pregnancy Accelerates Fetal Aging And Harms Its Health Peat also wrote that virtually all features of aging can be produced by administering a large dose of...
  6. haidut

    Low Socioeconomic Status Affects Life Expectancy More Than Obesity

    I think the "war on obesity" we are seeing currently, while well-intentioned, may be a bit misplaced as obesity itself has now been tied to low socioeconomic status. This study has now found that that low status is more important for your overall life expectancy than how much you weigh. Given...
  7. haidut

    Poverty Causes Depression By Increasing Serotonin Activity

    The conditions of learned helplessness and PTSD have many features in common and both of them have been linked to dysfunction of the monoaminergic system. There has been a lot of research over the last decade tying adverse life conditions in childhood to mood and memory problems as an adult...
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