Monday, August 11, 2008

Chronic protein deficiency hard on kids' brains

Chronic protein deficiency hard on kids' brains - Yahoo! News: "NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Chronic protein deficiency may cause delays in a child's brain development that improve little over time...malnourished children had problems with tests of attention, memory, visual perception, verbal comprehension and other so-called "higher cognitive processes."...Moreover, there was only minimal improvement with age. The cognitive performance of malnourished 5- to 7-year-olds was "poor and much lower" than that of adequately nourished children their age, and the gap was not much smaller among 8- to 10-year-olds...A chronic lack of protein does not seem to affect basic cognitive processes like movement speed, which is affected in cases of other nutritional deficiencies, the investigators note..."

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