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Phone App Designed to Screen Newborns for Cerebral Palsy in Trial Phase

Phone App Designed to Screen Newborns for Cerebral Palsy in Trial Phase

A new app developed in Australia aims to use body movement to assess babies at risk for cerebral palsy. The app is being tried on 250 premature babies born before 28 weeks or weighing less than 2.2 pounds.

Parents can upload a three-minute video to the app of their baby lying down, which is then analyzed by experts for “fluidity and complexity of movements.” The quality of movements provides professionals with insight into the baby’s central nervous system.

Using the app, experts may be able to diagnose cerebral palsy as early as six months of age—over a year earlier than traditionally diagnosed. Early intervention is crucial, researchers say, to rewire the brain. If intervention is delayed until the baby is one or two years old, the brain may already be wired in a way that is not ideal for fluid muscle function. “We want to get in early to encourage the brain and muscles to develop as well as they can, and to change their trajectory so they’ll have better functions,” said app developer Alicia Spittle.

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