Children who have had meningitis, have poorer school performance

Several years of painstaking work by the Danish research led scientists to the conclusion that childhood meningitis, has a direct impact on achievement in education and income levels in adult life. Noteworthy work of scientists from Denmark was published in the popular science journal JAMA. A group of researchers from the University hospital of Copenhagen was assessed progress in the process of training and employment of more than 2.5 thousand people who suffered in childhood bacterial meningitis. In addition, a large study involving sisters and brothers patients. The authors maintain records of the performance of secondary and higher education and beginning independent financial activity.

Scientists have compared the history of diseases with different types of meningitis: meningococcal (about 1.35 thousand people), pneumococcal (about 450 people) and meningitis, the pathogen is Haemophilus influenzae (more than 900). In the end, the group recovered to tridtsatipjatiletnego age, I finished high school at 11% less in comparison with the control group. With regard to complete higher education, it is received by 7.8% fewer participants. Among survivors of pneumococcal meningitis schooling on average was lower by 10.2% and the highest is lower by 8.9%.

In the subgroup undergoing meningitis with pathogen as Haemophilus influenzae, school finished on 5.5% of participants less, and the UNIVERSITY of 6.6% less people. Negative values have been ill have financial independence. It is noteworthy that the brothers and sisters of patients who as children suffered meningococcal infection, also had lower achievement during the study. At the same time, the family had been ill two remaining types of meningitis had no significant deviations from the results of the control group.

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