Children who were institutionalized exhibit signs of shortened life span

05/18/2011 | U.S. News & World Report

Children who were institutionalized before age 5 exhibited shorter chromosome tips -- which correlates with a shorter life span -- by ages 6 to 10, a study in Romania found. In girls, length of stay in the institution before 22 months of age determined chromosome tip shortening, while time spent in the institution before 54 months of age was the strongest predictor in boys, according to the study in the journal Molecular Psychiatry.

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