Health

Diarrhea's Hangover

Newsletter

Sign up for our email newsletter for the latest science news
 

Every year some 3 million children around the world die of diarrhea. Even those who survive may be handicapped by reduced intelligence. Richard Guerrant, a physician at the University of Virginia, studied 26 children from a poor community in Fortaleza, Brazil. Those who endured the most diarrhea in their first two years of life were most likely to score poorly on cognitive tests given between ages 6 and 9. Guerrant speculates that diarrhea-inducing bacteria, viruses, and parasites impair the absorption of nutrients vital for brain development.

1 free article left
Want More? Get unlimited access for as low as $1.99/month
Already a subscriber? Log In or Register
1 free articleSubscribe
Want unlimited access?

Subscribe today and save 70%

Subscribe

Already a subscriber? Log In or Register
More From Discover
Recommendations From Our Store
Shop Now
Stay Curious
Join
Our List

Sign up for our weekly science updates.

 
Subscribe
To The Magazine

Save up to 70% off the cover price when you subscribe to Discover magazine.

Copyright © 2021 Kalmbach Media Co.