A study in the journal JAMA Pediatrics revealed that 10% to 15% of all intellectual disabilities in children in the study, who were evaluated after the age of 5, were associated with low birth weight. While better technologies and NICU care that saved the lives of low birth weight babies coincided with an increased future risk of intellectual disorders, researchers noted that these babies likely would have died without such improvements.
Improved NICU care linked to intellectual disabilities rates
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