Recently, Reuters published an article highlighting a new scientific publication of Twilhaar et al in collaboration with Danone Nutricia Research.
This was shown in the study of Sabrina Twilhaar et al, who performed a meta-analysis and meta-regression of 71 studies (7752 VP and 5155 term controls).
The investigators showed a large 0.86 SD difference in IQ between Very Preterm (VP)/Extreme Preterm (EP) and term born children, which was stable in children born between 1990-2008. Bronchopulmonary dysplasia (BPD) explained 65% of the variance in intelligence across studies.
BPD was found to be the most important risk factor for poor academic performance and may be a crucial target for (nutritional) interventions to improve outcomes. Read more on academic performance of preterm infants here
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