Avoid licorice during pregnancy to boost child IQ

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For years studies have shown a link between a woman’s licorice consumption and lower IQs in their offspring. The problem is thought to originate with the compound glycyrrhizin that is found in licorice. A recent Finnish study has confirmed that finding, and has also linked licorice consumption during pregnancy to an increased risk of children developing Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). On average, a mother’s high consumption of licorice reduced a child’s IQ by seven points. It also tripled the risk for the child developing ADHD, and in girls, led to an earlier onset of puberty. Read more...

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Traits of intelligent people

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Much is known about the benefits of high intelligence — but did you know a high IQ can be an indication of some traits that might be considered less desirable? Messiness in their environment, a desire to stay up late at night and — believe it or not — a tendency to swear have been shown to be more common in highly intelligent people. Read more here....

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EQ versus IQ: Which matters more?

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When it comes to hiring staff, many companies place more value on a high Emotional Quotient (EQ) score as opposed to a high IQ. The thinking is more socially adept employees make better leaders. This article features an interesting take on hiring folks with high EQ — and how many companies are using EQ testing to help in the hiring...

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High IQ no guarantee of success

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It used to be that people with a high IQ were considered to be set for life — they were thought to have a better chance for a higher income, more successful career and overall successful life.  Recent research on the different types of intelligence and how social or emotional IQ can play into outcomes calls this whole line of reasoning into question. You can read more about how a high IQ is no guarantee of success...

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Night owls are more intelligent?

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Those of us early birds may take issue with this, but the latest thinking is that those who like to stay up late are more intelligent and creative than the rest of us. A study in Psychology Today attributes higher IQ levels to those who are more nocturnal.  Interesting idea.  Read more here.

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