Seattle Children's studies hormone that may save premature babies
April 23, 2014
Source - KING 5 TV
Mention the term “blood doping” and sports scandals immediately come to mind. But, researchers at Seattle Children’s are using Erythropoeitin, EPO, to try to save young lives. EPO is the same hormone that brought down Lance Armstrong and other elite athletes. It works by increasing red blood cells, which boosts endurance. Dr. Sandra Juul at Seattle Children’s plans to use that same hormone for a more noble cause – to give the littlest premature babies better odds in the race to stay alive and healthy. “This group of tiny babies still has about 20 percent mortality, 20 perfect have severe neurological impairment, which means Cerebral palsy, or mental impairment, deafness or blindness and 20 percent have modern impairment,” said Dr. Juul.