There is hope for a new way to protect extremely premature babies from impaired vision or blindness resulting from the eye disease retinopathy of prematurity (ROP), Science Daily reports.
A study at Sahlgrenska Academy in Sweden, published in JAMA Ophthalmology, points to a link between ROP and low levels of the fatty acid arachidonic acid in children's blood.
Researchers say that arachidonic acid seems to be especially important during the whole pregnancy as a building block for membranes. They believe that premature babies should receive this fatty acid as a supplement.
The hypothesis will be tested in a new study involving 210 children at neonatal units in three Swedish cities.
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