New study finds link between brain function and birth size

A baby's birth size could have lasting effects on their brains

A new study has determined that the size of a child at birth may affect their brain function later on in life.

According to researchers from the University of Southampton and the Medical Research Council (MRC) Lifecourse Epidemiology Unit at Southampton General Hospital, brain function variations between the left and right sides is linked to birth size and the weight of the placenta.
The researchers suggest that one of the ways that birth size can be affected is by how much the mother eats during pregnancy. The study suggests that a smaller birth size and larger placental size could ultimately cause long-term affects on the child’s brain function.
Researchers are hopeful that these new findings will help shed light on certain mental conditions such as depression.
"This is the first time we’ve been able to link growth before birth to brain activity many years later," said study author Dr. Alexander Jones. "We hope this research can begin to shed new light on why certain people are more prone to diseases such as depression."

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