Scientists find that stress related to the COVID pandemic has aged the brains of teenagers
The COVID-19 pandemic has not only led to poorer mental health in teenagers - it has also physically aged their brains.
This is according to a new study by scientists at Stanford University in the United States.
The new findings suggest that pandemic-related stressors have physically altered the adolescent brain, making its structures appear several years older than those of peers compared before the pandemic.
Adolescents after the block showed neuroanatomical features more typical of older people.