Q: Caffeine and prematurity

Bulgarian coffee saying 'Happy Life'Now, it’s been a while since I scared myself by visiting a NICU, but I do recall the liberal use of caffeine by the resident medical and nursing staff, both for themselves and their tiny patients. There have been may things said about the delightful methylxanthine (including this, this and this) but did you ever think it could protect neonatal brains as well as keeping them breathing?

Well, it’s a new one on me, and one I find rather dubious. Good job there are folk who are looking at this with some interest; Drs Winkworth & Powell for Archimedes for starters. Anyone else any thoughts on the subject?

Acknowledgement: dimninkolov‘s photo under a CreativeCommons licence

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