An FDA-backed study in Pediatrics found that children who had more than a single exposure to general anesthesia with surgery before age 2 had a twofold increase in learning disorders. The findings add to evidence linking early anesthesia exposure to an increased risk of learning disabilities, but does not prove the connection, lead researcher Dr. Randall Flick said. The study included 1,050 children born between 1976 and 1982 in Rochester, Minn.

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