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Premature Birth Elevates Risk of Death

by Savitha C Muppala on  September 22, 2011 at 11:10 PM Research News   - G J E 4
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
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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."

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