Premature Babies At Elevated Risk for Psychiatric Disorders

the Psychiatry Advisor take: Premature babies are at a higher risk of developing psychiatric and neurological disorder due to weakened connections in brain networks related to attention, communication, and emotion. Cynthia Rogers, MD, of the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, Mo., and colleagues conducted functional magnetic resonance imaging and diffusion tensor brain imaging on 76 infants born at least 10 weeks early and 58 babies born at full term. Brain networks involved in attention, communication and emotion were found to be weaker in premature infants, which explains why children born prematurely may have an elevated risk of psychiatric disorders, the researchers reported today at Neuroscience 2015, the annual meeting of the Society for Neuroscience, in Chicago. White matter in the brain are made of axons that connect…

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