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General Anesthesia May Be a Brain-Changer


Background: Animal studies have raised concerns about general anesthetic effects on the developing brain. Epidemiological studies have attempted to find associations between anesthetic exposure and cognitive and language development. However, epidemiologic studies have been unable to make indubitable associations due to diverse outcome measures and the inability to adjust for strong confounders of cognitive performance such as socioeconomic status. Objective: To assess whether anes more...
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