Wednesday, January 07, 2009

Premature births and mental-health problems

Children who are born prematurely may be at an increased risk of developing mental-health problems later in life according to a Swedish study of 545,628 people born in the 1970s and tracked until they were between 23 and 29. Compared with those children who were born full-term those born between 24-32 weeks had a 68% higher risk of psychiatric disorders while those born between 33-36 weeks had a 21% higher risk and those born between 36-39 weeks had an 8% higher risk. Alcohol- and drug-related hospital admissions were not more common in those born prematurely.

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