Meningitis in children affect their achievements

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Meningitis in children affect their achievementsChildren affected by meningitis in childhood are more likely not to graduate school and do not make much money as an adult, according to a study.

Previous research found that meningitis could affect the ability of a child’s brain in a long time. Because meningitis which causes inflammation around the brain will cause some brain tissue to not function. Even so, a recent research is quite interesting because the researchers managed to trace the patient’s educational and economic circumstances in adulthood.

“Children who are exposed to meningitis can indeed be saved. This is an encouraging news. Yet we also see the long-term effects,” said Dr. Casper Roed, chief researcher from the Copenhagen University Hospital, Denmark, as reported by Reuters (23/??04) .

Roed and colleagues looked at 2,800 adolescents in Denmark diagnosed with meningococall, pneumococcal, or meningitis from 1977 to 2007. They used the national education data and economic data to compare participants with other children the same age and sex but did not have meningitis.

Researchers found that after the age of 35 years, between 41 and 48 percent of those who had meningitis as a child graduated from school. This figure is still low when compared with the 52-53 per cent of those who did not have meningitis as a child.

Approximately 84-91 percent of those affected by childhood meningitis are economically well off as adults, compared with 94-95 percent of his people who do not have meningitis.

According Roed, this is caused by the effects of meningitis that affects long until the kids grow up. Even so, family economic factors also may be one risk factor for children to be exposed to meningitis.

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