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Newborns' brains bear signs of adult illnesses

Disease-related genes associated with reduced volume in certain regions at birth

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11:13pm, January 10, 2013

At birth, some infants are already saddled with brains that carry features of Alzheimer’s disease and schizophrenia. Newborns who carry certain versions of genes already show brain shrinkage reminiscent of that in adults with brain illnesses, a study of 272 newborn babies reveals.

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