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Rough childhoods can have ripple effects for wild baboons

Childhood trauma can have far-reaching effects on adult health and survival in humans, studies have shown. Now, new research finds the same is true for wild baboons. People who experience childhood abuse, neglect and other hallmarks of a rough childhood are more likely to develop heart disease, diabetes and other health problems later in life, even after the stressful events have passed, previous research shows. A new study finds that wild baboons who experience multiple misfortunes during the first years of life, such as drought or loss of their mothers, live much shorter lives -- up to a 10-year difference in life expectancy compared to their more fortunate peers.

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