Caffeine can help premature babies’ brains, says study

[CBC, 12/11/18] Drug is commonly used to help with lung function but its effect on neurological development was not known.

A new study led by a University of Calgary researcher suggests the brains of premature babies benefit from early use of caffeine.

It might seem odd to give caffeine to babies, but the drug has long been used to stimulate lung functions.

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“Caffeine is the most commonly used drug in the NICU after antibiotics,” said Dr. Abhay Lodha, the lead researcher of the study, in a news release.

Lodha is an associate professor in the departments of pediatrics and community health sciences at the Cumming School of Medicine and staff neonatologist with Alberta Health Services.

The study was published in the journal Pediatrics and involved researchers from the Universities of British Columbia, Montreal and Toronto and the Mount Sinai Hospital in Toronto……….

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