New research shows that giving pregnant women Epsom salts just before they birth a premature baby can half the infant's chance of getting cerebral palsy.

According to an Associated Press article, the government funded study followed 2,241 women who were between 24 and 31 weeks pregnant.

It said:

Most of the women were in early labor because their water broke. They were given either the compound or a fake solution. The infants were examined for signs of cerebral palsy at birth and over the next two years.

Of the babies who survived, moderate or severe cerebral palsy occurred in about 2 percent of those in the treatment group compared to about 4 percent of those whose mothers didn't get the compound.

The death rate was about even.