first_img“We believe this is the first time a research paper has looked into the prediction of the IQ of adults over the age of 26, who were born very premature or with very low birth weight,” said lead researcher Dieter Wolke, professor at the University of Warwick in England, Britain. “The results indicate that assessing two year olds who were born very pre-term or very underweight will provide a reasonably good prediction to what their adult IQ will be,” Wolke noted. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’In contrast, the research results found that the IQ of adults who were born full-term couldn’t be accurately predicted till the age of six. The study was conducted in southern Bavaria, Germany and followed children from birth into adulthood who were born between 1985-86. Two hundred and sixty babies born either very prematurely (before 32 weeks) or with very low birth weight (fewer than 1.5kgs) were compared with 229 babies who were born full-term. The findings were detailed in the journal pediatrics.last_img

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