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Long-term risks of childhood head injury may include winding up on welfare and premature death

Long-term risks of childhood head injury may include winding up on welfare and premature death

With freewheeling summer months behind children and school and organized sports just ahead, new research offers some sobering news about the potential for long-term cost when a child’s brain is hurt.

In a study that tracked the life trajectories of more than a million Swedes, young people who sustained a brain injury — including a concussion — before the age of 25 were more likely to have a tougher, and shorter, life than were their uninjured siblings.

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