Sunday, 3 November 2013

Fluoride, Premature Birth And Impaired Neurodevelopment By John D. MacArthur

Premature or preterm birth is birth prior to 37 weeks (8.5 months) of pregnancy. Not just a temporary
problem dealt with during the first weeks of an infant’s life, premature birth is a leading cause of long- term neurological disabilities in children. Significantly more educational assistance than children who were born at term. The societal economic burden associated with preterm birth in the United States is estimated to be at least $26 billion per year, or more than $50,000 per infant born preterm. Premature birth is the most common pregnancy complication that can seriously compromise the newborn brain’s viability and normal development. Many studies have documented the prevalence of a broad range of central nervous system dysfunctions and neurodevelopmental impairments in people who were born preterm, including mental retardation, ADHD, and major depression. The genesis and wiring of the human brain during fetal development is one of the most remarkable feats in all of biology. During the last trimester, dynamic changes occur in the two brain areas most important to cognitive processes: the cerebellum whose surface area increases 30-fold; and the cerebral cortex whose white matter undergoes striking changes. Preterm infants are more likely to have lower IQs and require

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