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November 17, 2004

Sleep Disorder Retards Childhood Cognition

Research presented at Tokyo University on Monday strongly links sleep disorders and other causes of oxygen deficiency in the bodies of children with stunted mental and physical development. Dr. Bernard Kinane, an assistant professor at Harvard Medical School, presented a study of four decades of research into hypoxia, a deficiency of oxygen reaching the tissues of the body, as well as conditions with a similar effect, such as sleep apnea and congenital heart disease. The results showed that 71% of those under 14 suffered delayed development of IQ or academic ability, 60% had growth problems, and 72% had less than usual mobility.
The Effect of Chronic or Intermittent Hypoxia on Cognition in Childhood

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