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Childhood ADHD linked to adult obesity, study finds

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Boys diagnosed with ADHD in elementary school are more likely to be obese in adulthood than those without the condition, a new study suggests, according to news sources.

In a survey of two groups of men, researchers found that about twice as many men in the group with childhood attention-deficit hyperactive disorder were obese compared to men who never had ADHD, Reuters Health reported.

These findings are consistent with past studies focused on ADHD and obesity, according to Reuters.

"There's definitely been enough research now where it does appear there is some connection between these two disorders," said Sherry Pagoto, professor at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, in an interview with Reuters Health.

The authors of the National Institute of Mental Health and the National Institute on Drug Abuse study said the impulsiveness and lack of inhibition that occur with ADHD could play a part in eating behaviors that contribute to obesity risk, according to dailyRx News.

Queen Elizabeth set to sign an equal rights charter

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Queen Elizabeth II is expected to sign a Commonwealth charter on Monday that shows support for gender equality and gay rights, according to news sources.

The charter will outline the values of the 54 member states, according to CTV News.

The charter states: "We are implacably opposed to all forms of discrimination, whether rooted in gender, race, color, creed, political belief or other grounds," the Washington Times reported.

Buckingham Palace is typically apolitical, said royal commentator Bonnie Brownlee, and the Queen is approaching the charter with a "diplomatic fashion," according to CTV News.

Raul Castro to retire in five years

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Raul Castro announced on Sunday that he will retire as Cuba's president after he completes his 5-year-term , news sources report.

In his 35-minute speech at a conference of legislative leaders in Havana, Castro selected Miguel Diaz-Canel as his top vice president and first in the line of succession, USA Today reported.

Diaz-Canel, 52, is a vice president of the Council of Ministers and a former minister of higher education. He is known as the second most powerful political figure in Cuba, the Associated Press reported.

Castro also announced that he wants to establish term limits and age caps for political offices, according to the New York Times. When Castro retires in 2018, it will be the first time in 59 years that a Castro has not been in charge.


Pope sets date for resignation

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The world was shocked Monday when Pope Benedict XVI stated his plans to resign on Feb. 28, news sources reported.

Pope Benedict will be the first pontiff to resign in 600 years, the Wall Street Journal reported.

The Pope, who is 85-years-old, said it was his health and old age that led him to the decision, according to The New York Times.

"After having repeatedly examined my conscience before God, I have come to the certainty that my strengths due to an advanced age are no longer suited to an adequate exercise of the Petrine ministry," the Pope said, as reported by the New York Daily News.

Vatican officials said after the Pope resigns he will go to Castel Gandolfo, the papal summer retreat south of Rome, and eventually spend the rest of his life in prayer at a cloistered monastery, according to the New York Daily News.

World's largest captive crocodile dies in Philippines

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Lolong, the world's largest captive crocodile, died in the Philippine town Bunawan on Sunday, news sources reported.

The over 50 -year-old, 1-ton crocodile died in a custom built eco-tourism park where he had resided since September 2011, when he was captured after killing at least one person, USA Today reported.

The crocodile was found flipped over with a bloated stomach on Sunday and was pronounced dead a few hours later, BBC News reported.

The town plans to preserve the crocodile's remains to keep tourists coming to the Southern Philippine town, according to the Houston Chronicle.

The 20.24 foot saltwater crocodile held the Guinness World Record for the largest of its kind last year, USA Today reported.

Australian teen arrested for impersonating a doctor

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A 17-year-old Australian boy was arrested on Friday for impersonating a doctor, news sources report.
The teenager had been prescribing drugs to patients of Royal Adelaide Hospital and other local hospitals in Adelaide, South Australia while wearing scrubs, a stethoscope and a falsified name tag, the Huffington Post reported.
The state health department warned hospitals about the impersonator in December after three different reports had been made of a fake doctor roaming around area hospitals since October, ABC News reported.
The teenager, whom the hospital staff had been referring to as "Dr. Who", was removed from his job as an ambulance volunteer last year for "inappropriate behavior," according to Time magazine.
"Dr. Who" was arrested after assisting a 12-year-old girl who been injured in a scooter accident and giving her unauthorized medication. He has since posted bail, ABC News reported.

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