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Tuesday, 12 November 2013
Major depressive disorder is the second greatest global cause of disability, and the eleventh greatest global burden, according to research from Australia.
Researchers from the University of Queensland and the Queensland Centre for Mental Health Research examined relevant research from all published studies regarding major depressive disorder and a milder form of depression called dysthymia. Then, they used mathematical tools to analyze and compare the effects of the diseases. They found that depression is the second greatest global disability burden, and when combined with suicide and ischemic heart disease, both of which can be attributed to depression,. The results also showed disability from depression varies by location, sex, occupation, and age, among many other factors.
SOURCE: PLOS Medicine, November 2013
Iron Supplements Benefits Anaemic Children
A study finds that children with iron deficiencies may benefit mentally and physically from supplementation.
The worldwide study included 7,089 anaemic children in low and middle-income countries, and included a group of children who received an iron supplement and a control group. The results showed that children who received an iron supplement had an increased cognitive level than the children that did not receive the supplement. The study also showed that children who received an iron supplement had higher IQ scores, they were taller in height, and they weighed more than the control group.
SOURCE: CMAJ, October 2013