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National Study Shows Magnesium Sulfate Reduces Risk of Cerebral Palsy in Premature Births
Date:8/27/2008

in 1,000 are affected with cerebral palsy, and about 800,000 children and adults of all ages have the disorder, which is caused by damage in parts of the brain that control muscle movements.

The most common form of cerebral palsy is congenital, resulting from intra-uterine brain injury and accounting for approximately 70 percent of cases. Although there is no direct cause of the disorder, risk factors including premature birth and low birth weight are directly correlated to instances of cerebral palsy.

"Based on results of the study, in the future it is possible that women at risk of prematurely giving birth could proactively receive magnesium sulfate to reduce their child's chances of developing cerebral palsy," adds Dr. Peaceman. "With additional research, it is possible that in the next few years this will be a standard of care."

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Northwestern Memorial Hospital is one of the country's premier academic medical centers and is the primary teaching hospital of the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. Along with its Prentice Women's Hospital and Stone Institute of Psychiatry, the hospital comprises 897 beds, 1,424 affiliated physicians and 6,464 employees. Northwestern Memorial is recognized for providing exemplary patient care and state-of-the art advancements in the areas of cardiovascular care; women's health; oncology; neurology and neurosurgery; solid organ and soft tissue transplants and orthopaedics.

Northwestern Memorial possesses nursing Magnet Status, the nation's highest recognition for patient care and nursing excellence, and it is listed in 10 clinical specialties in U.S. News & World Report's 2008 "America's Best Hospitals" guide. For seven years running, it has been rated among the "100 Best Companies for Working Mothers" guide by Working Mother magazine. The hospital is a repeat recipient of the prestigious National Quality Health Care Award and for more than a decad
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