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Worse mental health linked to premature birth

7th June 2012

A new study has indicated that babies born prematurely are at an increased risk of a range of mental health problems much later in life.

The study in The Archives of General Psychiatry comes from researchers at the Institute of Psychiatry at King's College London and the Karolinska Institute in Sweden who analysed data from 1.3m people born in Sweden between 1973 and 1985. While the overall risk of bipolar disorder, depression and psychosis remained very low, it was higher in premature babies.


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