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Vitamin C and Premature Births Link Found

Scientists at the National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI) , Bethesda, Md., have discovered a possible link between reduced vitamin C availability during pregnancy and the devastating respiratory failure and massive cerebral bleeding that can occur immediately following premature birth. The study demonstrated that mice deprived of vitamin C during pregnancy and birth died almost immediately from bleeding in the brain and respiratory failure. Doctors and scientists from NHGRI's Genetic Disease Research Branch, the National Institute of Diabetes Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK), and the division of Neonatology at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and Children's Hospital conducted the study


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