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Effects of Brain Trauma In Children May Last For Life Time

The effects of a traumatic brain injury in childhood may linger for years, a meta-analysis showed.

Deficits in intellectual functioning and attention in children with moderate traumatic brain injury resolved only modestly after two years, "suggesting that they do not fully catch up to their demographically-matched peers," according to Talin Babikian, Ph.D., M.P.H., and Robert Asarnow, Ph.D., both of the University of California Los Angeles.

Children with severe traumatic brain injury not only didn't catch up on a range of cognitive functions but also appeared to fall further behind their peers over time, the researchers reported in the May issue of Neuropsychology.

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