Poor health for early babies

The population-based cohort study studied 18,000 British babies born between September 2000 and August 2001 looking at health outcomes including height, weight, BMI, hospital visits, illness, disability, wheezing and use of medication at nine months, then at three years and five years.

Researchers found a “dose-response” effect of prematurity, with a strong correlation between decreasing gestation and increasing risk of poor health outcomes.

The study demonstrated a “continuum of increasing risk of adverse outcome with increasing

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