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Blood test to diagnose brain damage in babies just hours after birth

Researchers in London have found that an early blood test could detect which babies deprived of oxygen at birth are at risk of serious neuro-disabilities like cerebral palsy and epilepsy.

The prototype test looks for certain genes being switched on and off that are linked to long-term neurological issues. According to the study, published in the journal Scientific Reports, further investigation of these genes may provide new targets for treating brain damage before it becomes permanent.

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