Preemies may be more likely to develop psychiatric disorders, study suggests

February 9, 2015 3:22 PM

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Preemies may be more likely to develop psychiatric disorders, study suggests

Preemies may be at a lower risk of developing drug and alcohol problems as adults, but they may be more likely to have psychiatric disorders, suggests a study published Monday in the journal PEDIATRICS.

"Importantly, we have identified psychiatric risks that may develop for extremely low birth weight survivors as they become adults, and this understanding will help us better predict, detect and treat mental disorders in this population," lead author Ryan Van Lieshout, psychiatry and behavioral neur...

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