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Premature babies face higher death risk as kids,adults: study

Health problems linked to earlier death included heart disease,diabetes and asthma,says study

Premature babies are more likely to die during early childhood and young adulthood than their full-term born peers,according to a new study.

Casey Crump,M.D.,Ph.D.,of Stanford University,and colleagues looked at data on more than 600,000 people born in Sweden between 1973 and 1979.

The researchers found a strong inverse association between gestational age at birth and mortality in early childhood (ages 1-5 years).

In other words,children were more likely to die in their first five years the more prematurely they were born.

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That link disappeared in late childhood and adolescence,but then re-emerged in early adulthood — from 18 to 36 years.

Preterm birth was associated with increased mortality even among individuals born late preterm (34-36 weeks),relative to those born full-term.

The health problems linked to earlier death included heart disease,diabetes and asthma.

“It appears that some of these causes have a long period of development,” Crump said.

The study was recently published in the journal JAMA.