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Childhood behaviour problems can lead to chronic pain, say researchers

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Children with severe behaviour problems are twice as likely to experience chronic pain in adulthood as children without behaviour problems, according to new research.

The research, by the University of Aberdeen, studied almost 20,000 children for more than 50 years.

One possible reason for the relationship is that both childhood behaviour and adult chronic pain are due to “a long-term neuroendocrine dysfunction beginning in early life”.

The research is was published in the journal Rheumatology.

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