How safe are general anesthetics for infants?

February 26, 2015 3:08 AM

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Human trials are urgently needed to determine the dangers posed by general anesthetics to the forming brains of infants and toddlers, a panel of experts says.

With animal studies — on creatures ranging from roundworms to monkeys — showing general anesthetics can cause “profound” disruptions in neurodevelopment, the group says it’s past time to assess their effects on young children.

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