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Almost 40% of army recruits have a reading age of 11, MPs warn. A similar proportion (38%) can only do maths aimed at pupils in their last year of primary school, says a Commons Defence Select Committee report.

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September 2013    

Here at Invest Inside Yourself, Andrew Bendefy has for a long time drawn a link between individuals diagnosed with ADD or ADHD, the high % who have literacy/numeracy challenges and the reason why these individuals simply aren't listening when it comes to phonics and rote repetition. The following scientific research now appears nearly 8 eight years after Andrew started work to address this.

Inner ear disorders 'linked to hyperactivity'

Inner-ear problems could be a cause of hyperactive behaviour.

A study on mice, published in Science, said such problems caused changes in the brain that led to hyperactivity.

It could lead to the development of new targets for behaviour disorder treatments, the US team says.

A UK expert said the study's findings were "intriguing" and should be investigated further.

Behavioural problems such as ADHD are usually thought to originate in the brain.

But scientists have observed that children and teenagers with inner-ear disorders - especially those that affect hearing and balance - often have behavioural problems.

The researchers in this study suggest inner-ear disorders lead to problems in the brain which then also affect behaviour.

Gene mutation:

The team from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University in New York noticed some mice in the lab were particularly active - constantly chasing their tails.

They were found to be profoundly deaf and have disorders of the inner ear - of both the cochlea, which is responsible for hearing, and the vestibular system, which is responsible for balance.

The researchers found a mutation in the Slc12a2 gene, also found in humans.

Blocking the gene's activity in the inner ears of healthy mice caused them to become increasingly active.

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