A very low birth weight 'may increase risk of later-life psychiatric problems'

February 9, 2015 4:02 PM

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A very low birth weight 'may increase risk of later-life psychiatric problems'

But it is not all bad news for very low-birth-weight babies; the research team - led by Dr. Ryan Van Lieshout, professor of psychiatry and neurosciences in the Michael G. DeGroote School of Medicine at McMaster University in Canada - also found they are at lower risk of alcohol or substance abuse.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), around 8% of babies in the US were born a low birth weight (less than 2,500 g) in 2013, while around 1.4% of babies were born a very low birth weight (less than 1,500 g).

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