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Environmental adversity linked to earlier puberty, brain maturation [healio.com]

Raquel E. Gur, MD, PhD, Tyler M. Moore, PhD, Adon F. G. Rosen, BS et al, Healio, May 29, 2019.

Low socioeconomic status and the experience of traumatic stressful events seemed to be linked with brain structure and function parameters as well as behavior, according to study findings published in JAMA Psychiatry.

Both of these environmental factors were also linked to accelerated puberty and brain maturation, findings revealed.

“Associations of environmental stress with psychopathology, cognition and brain structure and function are well described. However, studies typically assess low socioeconomic status (L-SES) or traumatic stressful events (TSEs) separately,” Raquel E. Gur, MD, PhD, from the department of psychiatry, University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine, and colleagues wrote. “These factors are often correlated, but may show individual differences, as suggested by evidence on deprivation and threat.”

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