So, yesterday, I described a meta-analytical study about ADHD. You recall that effecting a meta analysis means one examines data collected from various studies and attempts to see if there are correlative results among the studies. (See that word- correlative? Meta-analysis doesn’t really help to determine causation; it just lets one correlate large collections of data to see if there is a trend or factor that stands out.)
I’ve written about Bob Langer before. (This is one of my more recent mentions.) He’s one of the smartest guys I’ve ever known and has been involved in the development of a slew of radically different products. He’s also one of the founders of Pure Tech. (He is not an employee there- he stays associated with MIT, where he guides the next generation of prolific inventors to help make this world great.)
I’m old enough that I was spared the craze of this generation. The diagnosis of ADD or ADHD (attention deficit disorder or attention-deficit-hyperactivity disorder). It spared my elder children, as well- but my youngest was born when such diagnoses were far more prevalent.
I admit it. My desk at home is a mess. My office is chock-a-block full with stuff. (That’s even after I gave away some 25000 books this past year.) My desks at my clients’ facilities are spic and span. (That has more to do with the fact that I am only at their facilities one, two, or three days a week- and I don’t want prying eyes when I am gone.)
I’ve written about breastfeeding before- for example, it’s potential ability to preclude asthma in these breastfed children. Well, now, there seems to be another reason. Breastfed children may not develop ADHD [Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder].