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Baby teeth may one day help identify kids at risk for mental disorders later in life

The thickness of growth marks in primary (or “baby”) teeth may help identify children at risk for depression and other mental health disorders later in life, according to a groundbreaking investigation led by researchers at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) and published in JAMA Network Open. The results of this study could one day lead to the development of a much-needed tool for identifying children who have been exposed to early-life adversity, which is a risk factor for psychological problems, allowing them to be monitored and guided towards preventive treatments, if necessary. Read More

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