Cannabis-derived Drug under trial in United Kingdom for Neonatal Brain Treatment
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7th October 2020

Cannabis-derived Drug under trial in United Kingdom for Neonatal Brain Treatment

Abigayle Miranda
The problem of seizures among children is common and has remained a problem for a long time. Doctors have tried all possible medications to find the cure for Seizures among toddlers. It has not been an easy success as most of the medicines so far tried out show no effect. Scientists are still working out day and night trying to find out the cure for this pediatric condition and hopes are high that this condition is going to be a past history. The development of a new drug to manage the disease is almost at the final stage in the United Kingdom.

A baby born in the United

A baby born in the United Kingdom was the pioneer in testing a new drug derived from the cannabis plant. The baby boy was delivered via cesarean section due to maternal complications during delivery. This was in early March 2018, in a hospital-based in the United Kingdom. Baby was born in Norfolk and Norwich Teaching and Referral Hospital which is one hundred miles from the United Kingdom capital, London. Oscar Parodi was born and taken to the newborn critical care unit, then injected with cannabis made drugs which scientists hope has no side effects to the client.

Cannabis-derived Drug under trial in United Kingdom for Neonatal Brain Treatment

The condition occurs when a baby fails to get adequate oxygen on his brain, causing it to have partial damage. It results from maternal health issues which include high blood pressure and diabetes. Other newborns have also taken part in the pilot study, though Oscar is the first test. All babies on this drug analysis are expected to receive all other models of conditions like pressure, temperature, and humid levels. Though the mother was reluctant first when doctors approached her for trials, she is happy now that her son is recovering quite well. Specimens of serum are collected to measure if the baby's signals in the brain are improving after the administration of the drug which is done through the veins.

The baby will then be done a followup after release from the hospital. These follow-ups will be arranged between the hospitals by doctors and the parents and will be after a month, three months, and after one year period. Been the first time to use this drug, doctors are not quite certain if there exists any negative side effects. This calls for a close monitoring of the subjects on drug trials and the doses given are small. The lead pediatrician in the trial of this medicine calls for support from the parents to ensure that, it becomes a success.

This drug usually picks up any incidences of seizures as it increases brain activity and no seizure will go undetected. Prof. Clarke said that in a couple of weeks, they will be able to quantify the effectiveness of the drug, and that will only be possible if they have enough subjects for trial. Once this is done, neonatal hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy will be easily dealt with and no child will suffer again of the condition. The trial is waited eagerly by doctors, parents to help manage the problem.

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