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Extreme ‘Preemies’ Often Have Lifelong Challenges

MONDAY, May 23, 2016 (HealthDay News) — Extremely premature infants often face lifelong challenges, enduring more physical, emotional and social difficulties as adults than their peers born full-term, researchers report. In general, however, these tiny babies grow up to contribute to society and live independently, a study of nearly 200 adults in Canada has found. Still, researchers found those born very prematurely were more likely to be unemployed, earn less and have chronic health problems compared to those born full-term. A higher proportion were single, said they’d never had sex, and tended to engage in fewer risky behaviors. “Most of these differences were accounted for because they had neurological impairments like cerebral palsy and blindness,” said lead researcher Dr. Saroj Saigal, a professor of pediatrics at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario. If you exclude the 20 percent with physical or neurological disabilities, some of the differences disappear, she said. For example, most were employed. “However, …

May 23, 2016 2:47 pm

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