Urine test on neonates diagnoses cerebral palsy:
This article was originally published in Clinica
Taiwanese researchers have found that the relative concentrations of two chemicals in the urine of neonates can accurately identify babies at high risk of cerebral palsy. The lactate to creatinine ratio, taken within six hours of birth, could help determine which babies who have suffered from temporary asphyxia during birth are likely to go on to develop cerebral palsy, said the researchers, from the National Cheng Kung University Medical Center in Tainan. This would help determine which neonates should benefit from high-risk treatments, such as cooling, according to a report in The New England Journal of Medicine (July 29).
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