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Anesthesia Linked to Increased Dementia Risk in Seniors

May 31, 2013 | Everyday Health

The results of a 2013 study conclude that undergoing anesthesia after the age of 65 increases the risk of developing dementia by 35 percent. Additionally, a substantial percent of those participating in the study exhibited signs of post-operative cognitive dysfunction after anesthetic use.

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Anesthesia in Toddlers Linked to ADHD

October 23, 2012 | MedPage Today

A 2012 study found that undergoing anesthesia at an early age carries a twofold risk of being diagnosed as a teenager with attention deficit and hyperactivity disorders. It verified the theory that the observation of increased behavioral abnormalities, such as hyperactivity, in young mice put under anesthesia is applicable to human children.

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Early Childhood Anesthesia Linked to Problems with Language, Memory

August 20, 2012 | Time Magazine

Anesthesiologist Dr. Caleb Ing conducted a study that concluded that 87 percent of children who underwent anesthesia multiple times before age 3 demonstrate language disabilities. The study also emphasized that anesthesia did not affect all parts of the brain evenly but instead impacted the development of language and abstract reasoning most.

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