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Cooling stroke babies aids development

from MedPage Today

In a small group of perinatal stroke patients, intentional cooling in the NICU was associated with a total lack of seizures and improved long-term language, cognitive, and neuromotor scores, researchers reported here. The use of therapeutic hypothermia to treat focal stoke was associated with a lack of seizures in a small group of neonates (P<0.01), which may have been responsible for better language and cognitive scores at 12 months (mean 12 points, 95 percent CI minus 7-32, P=0.18) and 30 months (mean 31 points, 95 percent CI minus 9-71, P=0.1) of follow-up compared with babies not treated with hypothermia, according to Dr. Mary Jo Harbert, of the University of California San Diego School of Medicine, and colleagues. more

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