Scientists have developed two new chemical compounds which, when tested on rabbits, appear to protect fetuses from developing cerebral palsy. Cerebral palsy is caused when oxygen levels in the brain are decreased shortly before, during, or after birth. This increases the level of nitric oxide in the brain which is linked to causing cerebral palsy and other brain injuries during birth. The new chemical compounds work to block an enzyme in the brain which produces nitric oxide. To read more about the development of these new chemical compounds, please click here.