Pregnant women need to be encouraged to lose excess weight and quit smoking to avoid causing brain damage to their unborn children, a leading researcher says.  Led by Kiwi paediatric neurologist Terrie Inder, doctors at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston are using sophisticated imaging techniques to predict and manage the risk of disabilities for at-risk infants. “If we can highlight when we need to put in the most effort effort to prevent these things, it’s in the neonatal unit.”

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