Australian scientists research risk factors for cerebral palsy and infant death

Scientists from the National Institutes of Health and various Australian universities, headed by National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke scientist emeritus Karin Nelson, have researched certain risk factors that presumably cause cerebral palsy and early mortality in babies.

The scientists’ studies found out that many cases of cerebral palsy have originated from asphyxial birth events (situations during labor and delivery that can possibly interfere with the oxygen’s travel to the newly-born infant’s brain), inflammation (infection signs), birth defects, and unhealthy fetal growth (includes low birth weight or unnaturally small infant size).

Cerebral palsy is a condition that affects body movement and muscle coordination, usually involving dyskinesia or uncontrollable writhing movements, and spastic quadriplegia, which is characterized by severe limb stiffness.

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Neonatal infections can factor in development of cerebral palsy

Preterm infants who succumbed to neonatal infections are more likely to have cerebral palsy at age five, according to a recently published study.

According to Dr. Ayoub Mitha in a study she wrote that was published in Pediatrics, neonatal infections occur more commonly in preterm infants, which can further increase their risk of developing neurologic and cognitive disabilities. The study included 2,665 live births between 22 and 32 weeks of gestation The five-year follow-up study presented cerebral palsy in 9% (157 of 1,769) of the participants and 12% (177 of 1,495) had cognitive impairment.

Mitha said the risk of cerebral palsy in children with neonatal infections resonates with the neurotoxic effects of infectious and inflammatory mediators on cerebral white matter.

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