Study Finds New Clue to Treating Brain Injury and Abnormalities in Premature Infants


Washington, DC―In a new study, researchers at Children’s Research Institute have found a potential key to protecting the brains of premature infants—in a neurotransmitter that appears also to act as a developmental signal. Children’s Research Institute is the academic arm of Children’s National Health System. The study was published in Nature Neuroscience.

Experts agree that prematurity causes a delay in the formation of white matter, or injury, in the brain and that the degree of prematurity correlates to the degree of white matter injury.

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