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Very premature babies have lower IQs, suffer academically, study finds
Southern California Public Radio

Babies born more than 12 weeks premature spend a lot of time in intensive care and their early delays have consequences in their school years, according to new research published online Monday in the journal Pediatrics.

Australian doctors found complications arising from early birth can have effects lasting into high school, a conclusion that differs from previous research.

The problems begin when extremely preterm babies are born before they are fully developed: they may require help with breathing and other medical interventions just to survive. They commonly suffer complications like bleeding in the brain that leads to early developmental delays.