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Study: Night births may cause brain problems

ABC7 Eyewitness News HD covering Los Angeles and Southern California.

November 21, 2010 12:00:00 AM PST
Babies born in the middle of the night may have a higher risk of a rare brain problem, a new study found.Researchers found infants born between 10 p.m. and 4 a.m. were 20 percent more likely to have neonatal encephalopathy, a disorder or disease of the brain.

Researchers are unclear why that is, but say decreased medical staffing during those hours could play a role.

More than half those with neonatal encephalopathy either pass away or develop problems like cerebral palsy and epilepsy.