Premature Birth Elevates Risk of Death

by Savitha C Muppala on  September 22, 2011 at 11:10 PM Research News
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A study has highlighted that children born prematurely carry a risk of early death.

A study of data of more than 600,000 people born in Sweden between 1973 and 1979 showed a connection between premature birth and early death.  
 Premature Birth Elevates Risk of Death
Premature Birth Elevates Risk of Death

Researchers from Stanford University in California, who conducted the study said, "The underlying mechanisms are still largely unknown but may involve a complex interplay of foetal and post-natal (post birth) nutritional abnormalities, other intra-uterine exposures including glucocorticoid (a steroid hormone) and sex hormone alterations, and common genetic factors. Clinicians will increasingly encounter the consequences of pre-term birth throughout the life course and will need to be aware of the long-term effects on the survivors, their families and society."



Source: Medindia

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