Doping drug EPO protects brains of premature babies

August 27, 2014 9:35 AM

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Doping drug EPO protects brains of premature babies

Premature babies are far more at risk than infants born at term of developing brain damage resulting in neurodevelopmental delay that may persist throughout their lives.

A team of specialists in infant brain imaging from the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Geneva and the University Hospital of Geneva has shown that administering three doses of EPO – a hormone that stimulates the formation of red blood cells – immediately after birth significantly lowers bra...

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