03 Sep '11, 10am

Findings may prevent oxygen deprived fetal brain damage

Findings may prevent oxygen deprived fetal brain damage

Photo: Professor Jerold Chun, MD, PhD, © Scripps Research Institute Scientists have identified a signaling molecule that plays a mediating role in the damage of fetal brains due to a lack of oxygen. They say that this is a step towards preventing such brain damage, which can lead to a variety of physical and mental problems including mental retardation, epilepsy, schizophrenia, autism and cerebral palsy. There are many possible causes of hypoxia, including smoking, exposure to smoke and carbon monoxide, disruption of blood flow, choking, diseases causing paralysis of the breathing muscles such as amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), high altitudes, pressure on the windpipe, strangulation and physical injuries, cardiac arrests and drug overdose. Now, researchers have identified a signaling molecule that is involved in this damage, moving closer towards the prevention of the...

Full article: http://www.earthtimes.org/health/prevent-oxygen-deprived-...

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