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UVa. Researchers Studying Impact of Fevers on Developing Brains

Feb. 24, 2014

Researchers at the University of Virginia are looking into how the immune system affects brain development in young children.

Researchers working in Bangladesh found the more days infants suffered from fevers, the worse they performed on developmental tests.

They also found that inflammation-causing proteins in the blood were also associated with developmental delays.

Scientists say this is often a problem in developing countries where children do not have access to good health care.

"I think we need to learn a lot more about how early inflammation exposures early in life would affect the child's developing brain as the child is growing and learning, and what are the best ways we can protect that to give every child the best opportunity to learn," said Rebecca Sscharf, assistant professor of pediatrics.

Researchers say they want to help decrease the pathogens children are exposed to over time, and see how that affects their development.

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