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RI Babies are Part of a Study Cited Over Risk Disclosure

RI Babies are Part of a Study Cited Over Risk Disclosure

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) _ More than 120 Rhode Island babies were part of a national study that came under fire last week from federal health officials, who said parents weren't properly informed of risks including death or blindness.
 
The Providence Journal reports 124 babies at Women & Infants Hospital in Providence were part of the study of 1,300 infants.
 
The study funded by the National Institutes of Health looked at oxygen treatment of premature babies between 2005 and 2009. Too much oxygen can cause a kind of blindness and too little can increase the risk of death.
 
Of the babies studied, 137 died and 132 developed eye disease. It's unknown how many of those babies were from Rhode Island.
 
Researchers say it's wrong to conclude the study caused the deaths or eye disease.

 

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