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Hormone ´protects brains
of premature babies´

BBC News, by Helen Briggs

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Posted By:earlybird, 8/27/2014 6:03:57 AM

The hormone erythropoietin (EPO) could prevent brain injuries in very premature babies, a study suggests. Brain scans show EPO - used illegally by athletes to boost performance - may help infants when given after birth. The study, published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, involved almost 500 babies born between 26 and 31 weeks in Switzerland. The researchers are calling for wider trials of the hormone, which is already given to some babies to treat anaemia. Erythropoietin is a hormone that stimulates production of red blood cells.

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It is a shame that this hormone is usually tagged as a performance enhancing drug for athletes. It is used to treat severe anemia. It has long been used in conjunction with high dose chemotherapy to prevent anemia. This possible use in very preterm babies is an interesting development.

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: Charactercounts, 8/27/2014 11:16:01 PM     (No. 9983915)

The use in chemotherapy was the use I was aware of, OP. I didn´t know athletes used it.
It will be great if it helps infants.

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