Anesthesia linked to effects on children's memory

By Ashley Yeager, 11:56 AM June 9, 2014

Being put under anesthesia as an infant may make it harder for a person to recall details or events when they grow older.

Previous studies on animals had shown that anesthesia impairs parts of the brain that help with recollection. But it was not clear how this type of temporary loss of consciousness affected humans. Comparing the memory of 28 children ages 6 to 11 who had undergone anesthesia as infants to 28 children similar in age who had not been put under suggests that the early treatment...

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