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Oxygen deprivation in newborns

In the UK each year, more than 1,000 newborns are likely to lose their life or be permanently disabled after suffering brain injury due to oxygen shortage. Cooling is a revolutionary therapy which is saving lives and reducing disability in babies with birth asphyxia.

We have supported research over the past 20 years which has contributed to the development of this life-changing therapy.

Baby Aiden, pictured, had problems at birth and was whisked away to intensive care where the team began to reduce his body temperature to protect him from possible brain damage – a process known as cooling.

We are funding research into improving the effectiveness of cooling for children like Aiden.

Brain damage at birth: could drug treatment help babies who need cooling therapy?

Research date: 23 March 2015 - 31 August 2017
Grant amount: £199,355.00

Estimates suggest around 700,000 of the world’s babies die or develop disabilities each year because of a condition called neonatal encephalopathy (NE), which can leave the brain permanently damaged.1 Often caused by a shortage of oxygen to the brain, NE puts a baby’s life in immediate danger. Cooling a baby’s temperature down for three...

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Posted: 26 October 2010 08:30 am
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