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PTSD May Affect Boys, Girls Differently, Brain Scans Show

Recent research finds that post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) may affect brains of girls and boys in different ways.

“Researchers used MRI scans to examine the brains of 59 children, aged 9 to 17. The participants included 30 kids with PTSD and 29 without the disorder (the “control” group).”

“Girls and boys in the control group had no differences in brain structure, the researchers said. But among those with PTSD, girls and boys showed differences in one part of the insula — an area of the brain involved in emotion and empathy.”

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