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Stimulant medications may harm sleep for kids with ADHD

By Kathryn Doyle (Reuters Health) – Taking stimulant medications may decrease quantity and quality of sleep for kids with attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), according to an analysis of existing studies. “Some researchers note that stimulants may improve sleep, because they reduce bedtime-resistant behaviors,” said lead author Katherine M. Kidwell, a psychology doctoral candidate at the University of Nebraska. “However, our study shows that stimulant medications impair sleep in children,” Kidwell told Reuters Health by email.

Poverty drives Myanmar girls into underage sex work

By Htet Khaung Lin YANGON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Teenager Wut Yee was devastated when her mother, a sex worker, told her that she had just agreed to sell her daughter’s virginity to a businessman for $3,000. Wut Yee, then 14, had quit school to handle household chores and look after her brother but had no other source of income. The monsoon was coming and their thatch-roofed house in Yangon’s Hlaingthaya Township required urgent repairs.

Kenya’s transgender warrior: from suicide bid to celebrity: TRFN

By Katy Migiro NAIROBI (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Audrey Mbugua will not say whether it was a razor blade, pills or carbon monoxide that she used to try to kill herself. Born a male in Kenya and given the name Andrew, she felt trapped in the wrong body and started dressing in women’s clothes while at university, attracting ridicule and rejection. After graduation, Mbugua was jobless, penniless and alone.