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Animals in Translation: Using the Secrets of Autism to Decode Animal Behavior, a commentary

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The Nerve Damage of Diabetes Mellitus

Diabetes has become a very common part of our vocabulary nowadays. We know that it is a disease caused by the malfunctioning of the pancreas and also the malfunctioning of receptors in our cells. We know that there is a high chance of getting hyperglycemia (too much sugar in the blood) or hypoglycemia (too little blood sugar), and that the disease can sometimes lead to mood problems if not taken care of. However, there are many other side effects. One is the numbing of the hands and feet, along with diminished eyesight, or even blindness. Another is the increased risk of dementia. A lot of these side effects are neurological and vascular, and due to there being a lack of something occurring, we can assume nerve death or at least damage.
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The Disorder in ADHD Prevalence

ADHD is a disorder that has “a persistent pattern of inattention and/or hyperactivity-impulsivity that is more frequently displayed and more severe than is typically observed in individuals at a comparable level of development”(1). Symptoms are usually seen before the age of 7, and the patient has to show disruption of functioning in 2 environments (eg. Home and school), and have disruption in educational, social or occupational settings. As children are the ones that are usually diagnosed, they can appear fidgety, distracted, hyper and confused. One odd thing about the appearance of the disorder is that at one point or another, children usually look and feel this way. This has led to a hypothesis of over-diagnosing this disorder.
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