Sunday, October 26, 2008

Director's Comments: Epsom Salts & Cerebral Palsy Prevention

Listen to the NLM Director's Comments on Epsom Salts & Cerebral Palsy Prevention. The transcript is also available.

A recent article in the New England Journal of Medicine found cerebral palsy rates were cut in half if a mother received magnesium sulfate during labor -- after a risk of a pre-term delivery was determined. In the study, 2,241 women at high risk of delivering a baby between 24 and 31 weeks were assigned into two groups. The children of mothers who received an intravenous infusion of magnesium sulfate as labor began (plus other smaller infusions every hour) experienced half the cerebral palsy rate compared to a placebo group...


[Source: What's New on MedlinePlus]

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