Our news journalists obtained a quote from the research from Johns Hopkins University, "We evaluated banked third-trimester sera corresponding to 1,733 children for whom childhood cognitive test scores and audiology data were available. The mothers and their children participated in the National Institutes of Health (NIH)-sponsored Collaborative Perinatal Project (CPP) that ran from 1959 to 1974. A modest, statistically significant, effect of TPOaAbs on cognitive performance observed at 4 y of age lessened in both magnitude and P value by the age of 7 y. Children with sensorineural HL (SNHL) had lower IQ scores at both ages. Our data suggest that the reported effect of maternal TPOaAbs on IQ may involve early developmental delays or transient effects rather than permanent deficits. Reports associating TPOaAbs directly with IQ may reflect a portion with unexamined TPOaAb-associated SNHL."
According to the news editors, the research concluded: "Whether the TPOaAb-associated SNHL is in the neurodevelopmental pathway of later cognitive delays or is independently associated with IQ requires investigation in other studies."
For more information on this research see: Childhood IQ, hearing loss, and maternal thyroid autoimmunity in the Baltimore Collaborative Perinatal Project. Pediatric Research, 2012;72(5):525-530. Pediatric Research can be contacted at: Nature Publishing Group, 75 Varick St, 9TH Flr, New York, NY 10013-1917, USA. (Nature Publishing Group - www.nature.com/; Pediatric Research - www.nature.com/pr/)
The news correspondents report that additional information may be obtained from E.E. Wasserman, Johns Hopkins Med Inst, Center Autoimmune Dis Res, Baltimore, MD 21205, United States.
Keywords for this news article include: Maryland, Baltimore, Audiology, Pediatrics, Hearing Loss, United States, Otolaryngology, North and Central America
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