A new study links same-sex attraction to parents' socioeconomic status during pregnancy. Researchers report the highest frequency of same-sex attraction was found in children in the lowest income group and elevated levels of same-sex attraction in children who came from the most affluent backgrounds. They speculate higher levels of fetal estrogen is a factor in both male and female same-sex attraction in the lowest-income group, while elevated levels of fetal testosterone is a factor in the higher income group. Higher fetal estrogen was related to more submissive roles in same-sex relationships, while higher fetal testosterone was associated with more assertive characteristics.
Adopting a healthy lifestyle or adopting minor lifestyle changes helps reduce the risks of developing Alzheimer's disease, especially for those from a lower socioeconomic background.
Fathers experiencing economic hardship who exhibit depressive symptoms have higher levels of emotional conflict and verbal aggression than mothers.
Black adults who grew up socially disadvantaged and poor in the American South are more likely to experience cognitive decline as they age than white people with a similar background. Researchers report socioeconomic status, race, and childhood factors play a significant role in cognitive decline associated with aging.
Both genetics and environmental factors contribute to socioeconomic status' impact in an interplay with effects that spans several areas of the brain.
Only 1 in 3 infants enrolled in the government's WIC program are receiving the daily recommended dose of vitamin d, a new study reports. Vitamin d deficiency plays a role in a number of disorders including rickets, multiple sclerosis, and type 2 diabetes.
A person's socioeconomic background may impact how well they respond to treatments for depression. Depressed people without a college degree had 9.8% less improvement in symptoms following treatment compared to graduates, and those who were unemployed had 6.6% less improvement than those with a steady job.
Infants from lower socioeconomic backgrounds show improvements in brain activity associated with learning and thinking after one year of monthly cash support provided to their families. The findings show interventions designed to reduce poverty positively impact a child's brain development.
Findings reveal the relationships between socioeconomic status, brain size, and cognition are established early in life.
People who are financially more comfortable during mid-life tend to live longer, researchers say.