Premature Births Up

By Nat'l Psychologist Editor
July 23, 2012



A study backed by the United Nations headquartered in New York City shows that 15 million babies were born prematurely in 2010 and the rate is increasing because of medical advances that permit even extremely premature babies to survive. Meanwhile, studies in Britain and Sweden found that people born very prematurely — a less than 32 weeks gestation — are three times more likely to be hospitalized some-time after age 16 with a mental illness such as psychosis, severe depression or bipolar disorder.

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