CNS protein can detect brain injuries among newborns

10/16/2011 | U.S. News & World Report

Levels of the glial fibrillary acidic protein in the central nervous system were significantly higher in newborns suffering from brain damage due to oxygen deficiency during the first week of life, compared with newborns without brain damage, according to a small study in the American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology. Infants who had abnormal MRI brain scans and who underwent whole-body cooling had the highest GFAP levels, researchers said.

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