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Date:9/7/2007

bies born at 25 weeks gestation or less, and improve the treatment they receive. A key aspect of the EPICure study is its uniqueness and its completeness enabling researchers to marry up all the data from birth into childhood. The results show that the majority of children do not have a serious physical disability, ie; do not have cerebral palsy, blindness or deafness, and despite the high incidence of learning difficulties, half are doing reasonably well and keeping up with their classmates. The findings do however indicate that many extremely premature children and their families require psychological and educational support throughout childhood.

This study will further inform the debate on the best treatment of babies born at the limits of viability, which is currently taking place in most Western countries. This is an important area of study, the results of which will give some guidance as to the possible outcome for this small group of babies. They may well affect difficult decisions that have to be made on continuing treatment. It is vital to be aware of the potential outcomes of neonatal intensive care on these very small and vulnerable babies. Professor Marlow and his team are also involved in an important collaborative project, using MRI, with The University of Nottinghams Department of Psychology, to evaluate neuropsychology in relation to brain structure in very premature children.


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Contact: Professor Neil Marlow
neil.marlow@nottingham.ac.uk
University of Nottingham
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