Monday, December 31, 2012

Benefits of higher oxygen, breathing device persist after infancy

Public release date: 26-Dec-2012
Contact: Robert Bock
NIH/National Institute of Child Health and Human Development

Preterm infants still better off as toddlers, NIH network study confirms

By the time they reached toddlerhood, very preterm infants originally treated with higher oxygen levels continued to show benefits when compared to a group treated with lower oxygen levels, according to a follow-up study by a research network of the National Institutes of Health that confirms earlier network findings. Moreover, infants treated with a respiratory therapy commonly prescribed for adults with obstructive sleep apnea fared as well as those who received the traditional therapy for infant respiratory difficulties, the new study found.


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