Tuesday, October 6, 2015
Birth Weight and Growth Associated with Poor Vision
"A study of up to 433,390 UK adults, led by The University of Manchester, has linked being under and overweight at birth with poorer hearing, vision and cognition in middle age," reports Medical News Today. "Researchers in Manchester, Nottingham, Cincinnati and Madison, Wisconsin analysed data from up to 433,390 UK adults from the UK Biobank study. Associations with birth weight - an index of prenatal growth - were complex. Larger babies falling within the 10th and 90th percentile of weight had better hearing, vision and cognition in adulthood. But very small and very large babies had the poorest hearing, vision and cognitive function. Better growth during childhood (as indexed by adult height) was associated with better hearing, vision and cognition in adulthood." Read more.