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Babies born a little early may have smaller brains: Study

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Jun. 11, 2014

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Babies born between 32 and 36 weeks of gestation may have smaller brains than other babies and could be more likely to have brain abnormalities.

Researchers in Australia had 249 infants - 199 born moderate and later preterm (MLPT), or between 32 and 36 weeks, and 50 full-term babies - undergo magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) exams and looked for signs of brain injury, size and maturation.

The MLPT babies tended to have a smaller brain size and less mature parts of the brain necessary for early development.

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"Given that brain growth is very rapid in the last one-third of pregnancy, it is perhaps not surprising that being born during this potentially vulnerable period may disrupt brain development," researcher Jennifer Walsh of the Royal Women's Hospital in Melbourne said in a release Tuesday.

The study was published online in the journal Radiology. The researchers said they plan to follow the same group of children to see if brain abnormalities affect them later in life.

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