Continuing steroid doses associated with cerebral palsyRepeated courses of a corticosteroid called betamethasone that is used for improving the survival of unborn premature babies could possibly increase the risk of cerebral palsy in those children.

This finding was revealed as part of results from a multi-center study, which was funded by the National Institutes of Health and led by Ronald Wapner, M.D., professor of obstetrics and gynecology, Columbia University Medical Center and attending obstetrician and gynecologist at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia.

This research was supported by the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development of the National Institutes of Health and the study results were published in an issue of the New England Journal of Medicine.