Cerebral palsy research brings new hope

The risk of premature babies developing cerebral palsy is cut by a third if the mother is given magnesium sulphate immediately before birth, new research shows.

It has only been proven to work in babies born before 30 weeks, but advocates say the approach would still prevent up to 150 babies developing the chronic life-long condition every year.

Doctors are hailing the development as the biggest breakthrough in preventing the debilitating condition in half a century, despite the fact it is not yet being routinely used in hospitals — via redwolf.newsvine.com

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