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Magnesium sulfate cuts risk of CP in preemies
« on: February 01, 2008, 04:12:45 AM »
Giving a cheap and widely available drug to pregnant women at high risk of premature delivery cut the risk of cerebral palsy in their babies by nearly half, according to a study presented Thursday.
Premature babies are at high risk for cerebral palsy, an often devastating movement disorder caused by brain damage before, during or after birth, says study co-author John Thorp, a professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. About one-third of cerebral palsy cases are caused by early preterm birth, he says.

Giving magnesium sulfate, or Epsom salt, could save many children from the condition, Thorp says. Doctors regularly use the drug to halt contractions when women go into labor very early. The drug is found in virtually every labor and delivery department and costs just pennies a dose, he says.

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