Preview: Could Childhood Disease Lower Intelligence?

BY Ray Suarez  November 24, 2010 at 9:44 AM EST

A new study from the University of New Mexico suggests that children plagued with infectious disease at a young age may face a long-term consequence — lower intelligence.

Researchers found that when babies are sick, their bodies are using energy to fight of the illness that is needed to fully develop their brains. On tonight’s NewsHour, Ray Suarez reports on the implications of this research for countries like Mozambique that have a high burden of childhood disease. Watch a preview below: