Infections May Underlie Cerebral Palsy
An abundance of immune proteins in the blood of newborns who would later suffer cerebral palsy suggests that fetal infections may cause the disease.
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Judith K. Grether
California Birth Defects Monitoring Program
California Department of Health Services
1900 Powell Street, Suite 1050
Emeryville, CA 94608-1811
Karl C. Kuban
Tufts University and Floating Hospital Children
Medford, MA 02150
Karin B. Nelson
National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke
7550 Wisconsin Avenue
Bethesda, MD 20892-9130
From Science News, Vol. 154, No. 16, October 17, 1998, p. 244. Copyright Ó 1998 by Science Service.
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