Program to Prevent Cerebral Palsy in Premature Babies is Effective: Study
[Source: Medical X-Press]
A program to increase the use of magnesium sulfate, a £1 injection that helps prevent cerebral palsy in premature babies, is effective according to a National Institute for Health and Care Research (NIHR) evaluation. The findings, led by researchers at the University of Bristol, are published in the Archives of Disease in Childhood—Fetal and Neonatal Edition.
Premature birth is the main cause of brain injury and cerebral palsy in babies. Evidence shows that babies can be protected from brain injury by giving magnesium sulfate to women who are at risk of premature birth. This reduces the risk of cerebral palsy by a third. However, in 2017 only 64% of eligible women were being given magnesium sulfate in England, Scotland and Wales.
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