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Is Childhood Intelligence Linked to Pain Problems in Adulthood?
Date:12/4/2012

rs found, scored lower on the intelligence test they took when they were 11 years old. They were also more likely to have manual jobs, be a smoker or former smoker, and have more psychological distress and a higher body mass index (a measurement of weight based on height and weight).

"To our knowledge, this is the first study to investigate the prospective relation between intelligence and [chronic widespread pain]," noted Gale. "Our results show that individuals with higher intelligence in childhood are less likely as adults to develop this common and disabling condition. We now need to understand the mechanisms causing this association."

While the study found an association between chronic widespread pain in adulthood and intelligence in childhood, it did not prove a cause-and-effect relationship.

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SOURCE: Pain, news release, Nov. 29, 2012


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