Aside from teaching at one of the most respected universities in the world, Jerome Kagan has likewise made a name for himself in the field of psychology. In fact, he has been listed at #22 among the most eminent psychologists of the 20th century, putting him a rank higher than Carl Jung, famed Swiss psychiatrist and psychoanalyst, who is at #23.
With his impressive background in mind, we can all assume he knows what he’s talking about when he says something. Recently, he did come up with a pretty bold claim saying ADHD is not a real condition.
According to Harvard professor and psychologist Jerome Kagan, ADHD is a big hoax.
In a shocking statement that eventually earned mixed reactions, Kagan declared that ADHD, which is short for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, is actually fake.
“(ADHD) is an invention. Every child who’s not doing well in school is sent to see a pediatrician, and the pediatrician says: ‘It’s ADHD; here’s Ritalin.’ In fact, 90 percent of these 5.4million (ADHD-diagnosed) kids don’t have an abnormal dopamine metabolism. The problem is, if a drug is available to doctors, they’ll make the corresponding diagnosis.”
Apparently, it’s all about the money.
Kagan further went on saying that it’s all business as usual for physicians and pharmaceutical companies.
Physicians, said Kagan, benefit financially from endorsing and prescribing certain brands of medication. This, of course, can be a problem as some medical professionals have the tendency to “over-diagnose” with the intent of growing their earnings. Kagan labels this as an immoral practice.
The Harvard professor likewise accused pharmaceutical firms of having a huge influence in politics. Some companies, according to him, go as far as spending billions of dollars every year to ensure that politicians cooperate with their demands.
In addition, Kagan shared that psychologists, psychiatrists, and those who conduct studies pertaining to ADHD and other conditions also make loads of bucks.
Naturally, Kagan’s controversial comments raised a lot of eyebrows.
Numerous psychologists and medical professionals expressed disagreement with Kagan’s statements but disproving him has been a real challenge for them.
Who gets diagnosed with ADHD? Think about it!
“If you do interviews with children and adolescents aged 12 to 19, then 40 percent can be categorized as anxious or depressed. But if you take a close look and ask how many of them are seriously impaired by this, the number shrinks to 8 percent.”
Meanwhile, a report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) tells us that “approximately 11% of children 4-17 years of age (6.4 million) have been diagnosed with ADHD as of 2011.”
The psychologist also pointed out:
“Who’s being diagnosed with ADHD? Children who aren’t doing well in school. It never happens to children who are doing well in school.”
Lab-Grown Leather Might Just Be the Next Big Thing in Fashion
The fashion staple is getting an upgrade.
When you talk about fashion staples, a trusty leather jacket is always on top of the list. It's a style classic and a flexible piece of clothing. While some may still prefer genuine leather when filling up their closets, the movement to a more responsible consumer culture has encouraged even the pickiest shopaholics to go for alternatives to genuine leather.
And soon, a new, science-backed option could become available to all. A New York-based company is saying bye to the cow and hello to the lab as they create lab-grown leather.
Modern Meadow is a biofabrication company that grows animal-free leather made from living cells.
Plastic-Eating Fungus in Islamabad Could Be The Solution To Waste Problem
Could this help solve our plastic waste problem?
Even though green is in and reducing waste is all the rage today, humans still consume great amounts of plastic every day. Much of these plastics end up in dumpsters and our oceans. And since plastic does not break down the same way and as fast as organic materials do, it can stay in our environment for hundreds of years. It can clog drainage systems, endanger animals, and release harmful chemicals.
In addition to environmental cleanups, eco-friendly lifestyles, and worldwide green campaigns, there might be a new way to deal with the world's plastic waste problem. Scientists from the World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF) and the Kunming Institute of Botany in China have recently discovered a fungus that uses enzymes to rapidly break down plastic materials.
The soil fungus, Aspergillus tubingensis, was found in samples taken from a rubbish dump in Islamabad, Pakistan.
No Need To Exercise! Researchers Develop a Skin Patch That Melts Fat
This could mean saying bye to our love handles soon!
A skin patch that can melt excess fat wherever you stick it in your body might sound too good to be true, but it actually exists, thanks to a new study titled "Locally-Induced Adipose Tissue Browning by Microneedle Patch for Obesity Treatment" by researchers at the Columbia University and the University of North Carolina. Trials with obese lab mice show that the medicated skin patch reduces fat in treated areas by as much 20 percent.
We might have to wait a while, though, as the new treatment approach has yet to be tested on humans. The researchers, however, are hopeful they can develop one that works on humans.
Drugs are encased in nanoparticles that are then loaded into a small centimeter-square skin patch containing dozens of microneedles.
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