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New hope for premature babies

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A technique for "washing out" the brains of premature babies who have suffered bleeding in the brain may help their survival, according to research published today in the Paediatrics journal. Researchers at the University of Bristol and North Bristol NHS Trust showed that removing blood and toxic fluid potentially harmful to infants born early, reduced the number of deaths and severe disabilities in a group of premature babies. Andrew Whitelaw, professor of Neonatal Medicine at Bristol University who has helped develop the technique, and Steven Walker-Cox, the father of premature baby who was given the treatment, discuss the benefits of the washing-out technique.

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