Foreign Adoptees

A study of adopted children from Eastern Europe and the Soviet Union countries, and reported in the Journal of the American Medical Association, reveals that there were measurable growth and development problems among some of these children.

They found the adoptees had a one month lag in the growth of their height, for every five months spent in an orphanage.

They also had difficulty in talking or moving their limbs smoothly.

We congratulate the adoptive parents and urge them to be ready to provide intensive rehabilitation if needed.

I'm Medical Editor, Dr. Ted Castele, with the Medical Moment.

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