According to a study published in JAMA Pediatrics, a new prognostic tool may help identify infants with cerebral palsy (CP) earlier, allowing them to receive therapies to improve later outcomes.

Researchers from Canada used 12 clinical variables to predict the condition. The tool accurately predicted 75% of CP cases.

The bedside tool weighs factors such as the use of illicit drugs and tobacco by the mother, the presence of diabetes and preeclampsia during pregnancy, whether the infant is male, birth weight, and the number of miscarriages the mother had prior to the birth. The tool also factors in results from a test that measures how well the infant is adjusting to life outside the womb. [source]

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