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Friday, May 14, 2010

A new predictor of newborn health: Umbilical cord blood pH

Infant Death, Brain Damage And The Development Of Cerebral Palsy Linked To Low Umbilical Cord PH - 14 May 2010

If the umbilical cord has a low pH when a baby is born, he/she has a higher risk of infant death, developing cerebral palsy in childhood, and brain damage, according to a study carried out by researchers in Birmingham, England. The study has been published in the British Medical Journal (BMJ), and is the first BMJ research paper to carry a continuing medical education (CME) credit through a new collaboration between the BMJ and Cleveland Clinic. The researchers say their findings justify increased monitoring of babies born with a low cord Ph. They add that further research is needed to determine whether all newborns should have their umbilical cord blood tested.....


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