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Study: Infants’ jaundice treatment may increase risk of developing epilepsy

Treating newborns for jaundice with phototherapy could increase the child risk of developing epilepsy, especially in boys, according to a study. Researchers analyzed data from 499,642 children born between 1995 and 2011 in the Kaiser Permanente Northern California healthcare system and followed up for an average of 8 years. The findings were published in the September Pediatrics journal. Photo: A study found treating newborns for jaundice with phototherapy could increase the child risk of developing epilepsy. Photo by Dr. Hudson/Wikimedia Commons  “Phototherapy may have delayed adverse effects that should make us more cautious about using it, and not use it in babies who don’t need it,” first author Dr. Thomas Newman, professor emeritus of epidemiology and biostatistics a...