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Nosarti C, Reichenberg A, Murray RM, Cnattingius S, Lambe MP, Yin L, Maccabe J, Rifkin L, Hultman CM. Preterm Birth and Psychiatric Disorders in Young Adult LifePreterm Birth and Psychiatric Disorders. Arch Gen Psychiatry . 2012 Jun 1 ; :610-617. PubMed Abstract

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Primary News: Gestation Matters: Preterm Birth Raises Risk for Psychiatric Illness

Comment by:  Marit S Indredavik
Submitted 6 July 2012 Posted 6 July 2012

This study provides important and partly new information on long-term psychiatric outcomes after preterm birth. It is a historical, population-based cohort study using data from Swedish national registers, showing increased risk for severe psychiatric disorders—nonaffective psychosis, depressive, bipolar, and even eating disorders—in the very preterm population. The risk was also increased, although to a lesser degree, for the moderately preterm group (except for eating disorders). Maternal psychiatric history, socioeconomic or perinatal factors could not explain the findings. Interestingly, being small for gestational age increased the risk for drug and alcohol dependency.

This expands present knowledge, and supplements the emerging evidence of increased risk for adult psychiatric disorders in low-birth-weight populations (Moster et al., 2008; Walshe et al., 2008; Hack, 2009; and   Read more

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