ABC News: Child Abuse Dials Up the Volume on Pain
About one in 50 infants in the United States experience abuse or neglect in the first year of life, according to a government report published this week. And experts say this maltreatment can also have serious health consequences later in life.
“Kids unfortunately who are being maltreated show problems in brain development,” said Ileana Arias, director of the CDC National Center for Injury Prevention and Control, who, along with the Administration for Children and Families, created the report. Maltreatment can begin “a trajectory of a number of negative outcomes, including health outcomes,” according to Arias.
Now, the mechanism behind those problems may have been pinned down.