A new study by the Australian Medical Association has revealed that the median brain function of a young child is about a third less than the median of adults.
Key points:The study by Dr David Gervais and Dr John Burt found that the brain of a child is much more efficient than that of an adultWhen children develop, their brain begins to age more rapidly than that in adultsWhen children are born, they have a higher rate of brain damage compared to adultsThe study was conducted by Dr Gervas study team, and was published in the Journal of Clinical Neurophysiology.
Dr Gervase said the study revealed the age of the brain in children is the same as adults.
“We think we have a much better understanding of what the human brain is capable of than we did in the past, because we are using the latest techniques and we are doing this in a very small sample of children,” Dr Gavais said.
“There are things we have learned from these studies that we can apply to adults too.”
Dr Gavas team looked at data from more than 2,000 children aged between 2 months and 11 years, aged between 8 and 11, and their parents.
Dr Burt said the data showed that the rate of loss of brain function for children was the same for adults as for children.
“It’s not a matter of if we are going to lose our brain cells, it’s when,” Dr Burt told news.com.au.
“You need to be quite a little bit more mature than the average adult to have brain damage.”
Dr Bart said the rate was similar for children and adults, but not identical.
“The rate of cognitive decline for children is comparable to the rate for adults,” he said.
Dr George Brown, who was involved in the study, said it was surprising that the adult rate of death was about a quarter as high as the rate seen for children aged 6 to 12.
“For adults it’s not like the brain’s aging out of control, so it’s a bit of a surprise that this is so much higher than it is for children,” he told news,com.uk.
“Our data suggests the brain is very, very efficient at this stage.”
Dr Brown said there was no cause for alarm in the current study, but that it was a warning for parents and teachers about the importance of encouraging their children to get out of bed as soon as possible.
“I think parents need to remember to say, ‘You know what, I’m going to bed now, it is time to get up now’,” he said.””
The best thing you can do is get out there as early as possible and get them into bed as early in the morning as possible, because that’s when the damage is most likely to occur.
“Dr Paul Bannister, from the Centre for Child Health at the University of Western Australia, said the findings showed the brain was more efficient at storing information than adults.
Dr Paul said there were two main reasons for the difference in brain function between children and the adult population.”
In the older population, you have less brain tissue, so they are more efficient, but also, when they are younger, the brain becomes less efficient, which can be seen in the increase in brain volume,” Dr Paul said.
He said the differences were caused by the differences in brain size.”
When a person is born, the average brain volume is between about 2.5 and 3.5 cubic centimetres, whereas an adult is about 10 to 15 cubic centmetres,” Dr Brannister said.
A study from the Australian Psychological Society last year showed that when children were born, brain size was the most significant risk factor for brain damage.
Dr Brown agreed there was a difference in risk for brain loss in the elderly, but said that did not necessarily mean the brain would not recover from the brain damage from childhood.”
A lot of it depends on how old you are, and whether you are in your 60s or your 80s,” he says.”
That means that the risk is still going to be there.
“If you are very young and are a little over 20, and you have a lot of brain cells in the brain, then you are going of course, more likely to have damage, but you’re not necessarily going to have any damage.”
Read more about brain health:Brain health and ageingThe study showed that in children, the rate at which their brain cells were dying was significantly higher than that for adults.
This suggests that there may be a mechanism that may explain why brain damage was much more common in children than adults, the study found.
Dr Smith said this was because there were different ways that the neurons were being formed.
“They’re very different types of neurons, and different types are being formed, which means the brain cells are making a different product, and they’re making a product that’s going to protect themselves from the damage that’s coming from other parts of the