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By NewsGram Staff Writer

Sydney: According to media reports, on Wednesday, a nine-year-old Indian-origin boy won the first edition of ‘The Great Australian Spelling Bee’ contest.

Herald Sun newspaper reported that the boy, Anirudh Kathirvel won the competition on September 7 after he correctly spelled words such as exorbitant, continuum, Guernsey, ricochet and camaraderie.

Kathirvel beat his five opponents Harpit, Harrison, Marko, Mica and Grace to bag the title and won 50,000 Australian dollars (Rs 23.5 lakhs) as education scholarship.

source: reuters
source: reuters

While another Indian-origin participant Harpit, and Marko were knocked out in the first challenge, Speed Spell- a fast-paced spelling bee, Harrison and Mica lost the second round. Kathirvel and Grace moved to the final round.

After a close fight, Kathirvel emerged as the winner as Grace stumbled on the word ‘ratatouille’.

“I need to rub my eyes and see if this is a dream! Rub, rub, rub – nope!” Kathirvel exclaimed.

“He is a very down-to-earth boy,” Kathirvel’s mother Sujatha said, adding: “All the children on the show were very supportive of each other even though they were competing. They have become good friends.”

Kathirvel considers Albert Einstein as his hero and he dubbed the competition as “nerve-racking”.

“I was nervous at first but I knew that nervousness would only make me let myself down, so I pushed it away,” he said.

 

(With inputs from IANS)

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Trauma in Childhood is Linked to Negative Outcomes in Adulthood

"The participants who felt more optimistic or in control of their lives may have been better at waking up with pain but somehow managing not to let it ruin their day.

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The findings, published in the Journal of Behavioural Medicine, suggested that experiencing trauma or adversity in childhood or adolescence was linked with mood or sleep problems in adulthood.
A Child in pain, Pixabay

Do you want your children to be happy when they grow up? If yes, then you have to make sure that they are not experiencing any kind of trauma as a child. A new study, including an Indian-origin researcher, suggests that childhood trauma or adversity may trigger physical pain in adulthood.

The findings, published in the Journal of Behavioural Medicine, suggested that experiencing trauma or adversity in childhood or adolescence was linked with mood or sleep problems in adulthood.

“The findings suggest that early life trauma is leading to adults having more problems with mood and sleep, which in turn lead to them feeling more pain and feeling like pain is interfering with their day,” said co-author Ambika Mathur from the Pennsylvania State University.

But the connection was weaker in those who felt more optimistic and in control of their lives, the researcher said.

“The participants who felt more optimistic or in control of their lives may have been better at waking up with pain but somehow managing not to let it ruin their day.

“They may be feeling the same amount or intensity of pain, but they’ve taken control of and are optimistic about not letting the pain interfere with their day,” Mathur added.

The findings, published in the Journal of Behavioural Medicine, suggested that experiencing trauma or adversity in childhood or adolescence was linked with mood or sleep problems in adulthood.
Childhood Trauma can lead to pain in Adulthood, Pixabay

The findings build on previous research that suggests a link between adult physical pain and early-in-life trauma or adversity, which can include abuse or neglect, major illness, financial issues, or loss of a parent, among others, the researcher said.

For the current study, researchers recruited a diverse group of 265 participants who reported some form of adversity in their early lives.

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They answered questions about their early childhood or adolescent adversity, current mood, sleep disturbances, optimism, how in control of their lives they feel, and if they recently felt pain.

The researchers also looked at how optimism or feeling in control could affect how much pain a person experiences.

They found that while participants who showed these forms of resilience didn’t have as strong a connection between trouble sleeping and pain interfering with their day, the resilience didn’t affect the intensity of pain. (IANS)

 

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