Brain Deficits in Preemies May Start Before Birth

Published on: January 16, 2017

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Study links weak brain wiring connections in fetuses with preterm delivery
By Robert Preidt

Thursday, January 12, 2017

The study authors said that roughly 10 percent of American babies are born preterm. The findings suggest that factors contributing to premature birth may also affect brain development, and might be associated with problems such as autism, attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder and cerebral palsy.
The study team said its future research will look at infection and inflammation as potential causes of premature delivery, and how those factors might affect fetal brain development. Also, they plan to follow up on the children in the current study to see how they do over the long term.

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