Study: Poverty Is A Medical Condition


WASHINGTON (CBSDC) — Children who grow up impoverished may suffer negative physiological effects, according to new research.

The research, published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, used brain scans from hundreds of children and found that those from poor households were impacted mentally, as reported by Deseret News. The research showed that poor children have less gray matter in an area of the brain associated with learning, compared to kids from wealthier households. Gray matter is a major component of the central nervous system and a tissue responsible for processing information.

“It was really when we started getting down into real poverty, real abject poverty, that we started seeing a difference,” Seth Pollak, a professor of psychology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and co-author of the JAMA study, told Bloomberg.

The study found that children in households with an annual income below $24,000 for a family…

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