Researchers at the University of Warwick report that the IQ of people born very premature or with very low birth weight can be predicted as early as when they are 2 years old.
By contrast, the IQ of people born full term usually defies accurate prediction until age 6.
Previous studies have linked very premature birth and very low birth weight with impaired cognitive function in childhood and throughout adulthood.
"Some children born very premature or with very low birth weight score low on cognitive tests but beat the odds and improve into adulthood," said Dieter Wolke, who followed and assessed hundreds of children born in southern Bavaria between 1985 and 1986 until they reached age 26. "However, many with persistent problems can be detected in the second year of life. Early identification of cognitive problems in these children may help to plan specialized therapeutic and educational interventions to help them and their families."
Body of Knowledge
One in 12 men are colorblind, which still doesn't explain what you're wearing today, sir.
A serving of hush puppies (five pieces, 78 grams) contains 257 calories, 104 from fat. It has 11.6 grams of total fat, or 18 percent of the recommended total fat intake for a 2,000-calorie daily diet. It also contains 135 milligrams of cholesterol (45 percent), 965 milligrams of sodium (40 percent), 34.9 grams of total carbohydrates (12 percent) and 4.9 grams of protein.
Stories for the Waiting Room
A preliminary study of 780 people by Australian researchers suggests that replacing two hours of sitting per day with two hours of standing or stepping may be good for your heart — and possibly your waistline. More standing was associated with better blood sugar and cholesterol levels and lower levels of fats in the blood.
Bury the hatchet: to accidentally leave a surgical instrument inside a patient.
Never Say Diet
The Major League Eating record for cream-filled glazed doughnuts is 47 in five minutes, held by Patrick Bertoletti. Afterward, Bertoletti presumably had a sort of cream-filled glazed look.
First guy: Did you hear about the paranoid dyslexic?
Second guy: Yes, he's always afraid he's following someone.
"If fitness came in a bottle, everybody would have a great body." — American actress and singer Cher
In 1987, Franco Brun, a 22-year-old prisoner in the Toronto East Detention Centre, choked to death while attempting to swallow a Gideons Bible.
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