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BMJ 2007; 335 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.39311.654479.BD1 (Published 23 August 2007) Cite this as: BMJ 2007;335:406

The accumulation of wealth and socioeconomic status in their family has more influence on the health of the child than social mobility or variability in socioeconomic status. In a prospective longitudinal study families with a lower cumulative family income were more likely to have a child developing a condition that required treatment by a doctor at age 10 or 11 years or that limited activities in childhood (Pediatrics 2007;120:e297-303 doi: 10.1542/peds.2006-3098). The findings were similar among teenagers in the 14-15 year old sample. Evening out disparities in wealth among families with young children could bring about better health.

The detection of disgust occurs in the basal ganglia and insula in the brain, and patients with pre-symptomatic or symptomatic Huntington's disease are less able to recognise disgust as an emotion. But this isn't the only emotion these patients find difficult to identify. Studies indicate that the identification of anger, fear, surprise, and sadness—but not happiness—is also limited (Brain 2007;130:1732-44 doi: 10.1093/brain/awm107). People with more pronounced motor problems find recognition …

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