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Timing of Brain Injury in Pregnancy, Birth May Impact Motor and Language Outcomes

[Source: Science Daily]

A new UCSF study that mapped the neural connections of newborns with two different kinds of brain injuries found the maps looked very different — and were linked to significantly different developmental outcomes years later.

The study, published today in PLOS ONE and led by UCSF pediatrics, neurology and radiology researchers, used diffusion MRI to visualize the brain wiring of two sets of newborns: one set with congenital heart defects (CHD) and the other with hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy (HIE) — otherwise known as birth asphyxia.

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