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Sleep Apnea May Increase Risk Of Learning Disabilities For Kids

Kids who suffer from sleep apnea may be at an increased risk for developing learning disabilities, according to a new study from researchers at University of Arizona in Tucson.

Researchers reviewed data collected as part of the Tucson Children's Assessment of Sleep Apnea Study (TuCASA) - following 263 children over the course of five years and found that kids who had sleep apnea at any time through the study were four to five times more likely to suffer learning disabilities.

They also found that those who had sleep apnea throughout the entire study were six times more likely to suffer the condition.

"This study provides some helpful information for medical professionals consulting with parents about treatment options for children with SDB that, although it may remit, there are considerable behavioral risks associated with continued SDB," lead researcher Michelle Perfect said.

by RTT Staff Writer

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