CNN One in 10 babies around the world is born prematurely, and the vastly improved survival rates of preemies is one of the most striking advances of modern health care -- with the overwhelming majority of those born preterm reaching adulthood. For individuals born preterm, there is a modestly greater risk of dying prematurely in adulthood when compared to those born after 38 weeks, a recent study has revealed. But what are the long-term health risks of being born too early as these infants approach middle and old age? It's a question that has been difficult to answer with many individuals in follow-up studies still too young to draw meaningful conclusions. However, new research that looked at more than 6 million people born in Sweden, Norway, Denmark and Finland -- mainly in the s, s and s -- has found that individuals born preterm are at a modestly greater risk of dying prematurely in adulthood when compared to those born after 38 weeks.
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Babies do not seem like they have a lot going on, besides what every adult wishes they could do all day, eat and sleep. Each year has its unique part in development, but this first year after a baby is born is one of the most important, if not the most. This is the transition from developing without contact to the world, to now being exposed to it. There are many changes the baby needs to go through in order to adapt to this new world. The immune system is starting to learn how to fight off germs, and the baby is also learning how to move and become more coordinated.
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Adults often make snap judgments about babies. First impressions lead us to assign them personalities, such as fearful, active or easy to please, and with good reason. Fifty years of evidence shows that babies begin life with traits that set the stage for how they interact with the world—and how the world reacts to them. That might be one reason why siblings can have such wildly different takes on their own families. But what if babies make hard and fast judgments about us, too?
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