|New research has found that aggressive phototherapy may reduce the chances of premature infants developing neurodevelopmental impairment such as cerebral palsy, blindness, deafness or physical or mental challenges in later life.
Phototherapy involves exposure to light for a prescribed period of time. It is frequently used to treat neonatal jaundice - a yellowing of the skin that occurs when red blood cells are being broken down too quickly for the liver to process.
The study, published in the New England Journal of Medicine, involved nearly 2,000 infants who were born at low birth weights ranging from 501 to 1,000 grams between September 2002 and April 2005.
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