A new study set for publication in the New England Journal of Medicine
indicates that a simple device can help doctors stop injuries that infants
sometimes suffer because of a lack of oxygen flow to the brain.
According to the study, the use of cooling blankets to lower a newborn’s
temperature for 72 hours after birth can help combat damage to the brain
– sometimes resulting in cerebral palsy, lowered IQ and other problems
– stemming from an interruption of oxygen flow during birth. Researchers
found that cooling blankets reduced both rates of death and cerebral palsy.
As a result of the study, the use of cooling blankets is now considered
standard in treating full-term babies at risk of suffering long-term brain
damage due to oxygen deprivation during birth. Even better, it appears
as if the technique may prove fruitful for treating other conditions, as well.
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