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Possible Genetic Link Between Children’s Language and Mental Health

[Source;  Medical X-Press]

A new study suggests there may be genetic explanations for why some children with poor language also have poor mental health.

The University of York-led study examined genetic variants in six genes that are thought to contribute to language development in children.

The researchers used Polygenic scoring, a statistical technique which adds up the effect of different genetic variants, to determine whether variants that are associated with children’s language are also associated with poor mental health.

They found that nearly half of the genetic variants which contribute to children’s language were also associated with poor mental health.

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