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Global Health
February 19, 2014

For Malnourished Infants, Deficits Reversible After 2 Years of Age

JAMA. 2014;311(7):666. doi:10.1001/jama.2014.1053

Children who are malnourished in infancy and who experience stunted growth and developmental delays can show improvements in cognitive achievement in school even if nutrition interventions are started after the first 2 years of life, reports an international research team (Crookston BT et al. Am J Clin Nutr. 2013;98[6]:1555-1563).

Nutritional interventions have typically focused on very young children who are malnourished in their first 1000 days. Until recently, it was thought that interventions later in childhood could not reverse growth failure and the resulting cognitive deficits.

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