Some health problems linked to preterm birth may be hereditary

09/25/2013 | U.S. News & World Report

Premature birth was associated strongly with increased odds of infant and young adult death, autism and attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder according to an analysis of data on more than 3.3 million Swedish children born between 1973 and 2008. However, researchers said certain conditions previously linked to premature birth, including severe mental disorders, learning disabilities and suicide, may be more closely connected to other familial risk factors. The findings appear in the journal JAMA Psychiatry.

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