Navigation Links
Nitric Oxide Doesn't Seem to Help Preemies' Lungs: Report
Date:7/22/2010

THURSDAY, July 22 (HealthDay News) -- In a new study that looked at the use of nitric oxide in premature infants, researchers found that lung function didn't improve in babies who were not black, although one expert said the treatment may help some infants.

Laboratory tests have suggested that nitric oxide may be able to help stimulate lung growth in premature newborns, who often can't breathe properly because their lungs aren't fully developed, explained Dr. Steven H. Abman, director of the Pediatric Heart Lung Center at University of Colorado School of Medicine and The Children's Hospital. Abman was not involved in the new study but is familiar with the findings.

Studies in babies haven't consistently shown that nitric oxide treatment helps babies as a whole, Abman noted. "The questions are whether we're giving too little nitric oxide, or if we're picking the wrong babies to treat," he said.

In the new study by Jean-Christophe Mercier, of the University of Paris, and an international research team, doctors gave either nitric oxide gas or a placebo to 800 preterm infants who were born between 24 weeks and just under 29 weeks of gestation. The babies had mild to moderate lung problems and were treated for seven to 21 days.

The nitric oxide treatment didn't appear to help the babies avoid future lung problems and brain damage, the researchers found. The results suggest that "such a preventive treatment strategy is unsuccessful," they wrote in the report, published online July 22 in The Lancet.

However, the treatment seemed to be somewhat effective in black babies, and other studies have shown they may be helped more than others, the study authors noted.

Abman suggested that the babies in the study may have been too healthy to need the treatment, and more research is needed.

Nitric oxide is found in mammals and should not be confused with nitrous oxide, or "laughing gas," which is used as an anesthetic.

More information

For more about premature babies, try the U.S. National Library of Medicine.

-- Randy Dotinga

SOURCES: The Lancet, news release, July 22, 2010; Steven H. Abman, M.D., director, Pediatric Heart Lung Center, University of Colorado School of Medicine and The Children's Hospital, Denver


'/>"/>
Copyright©2010 ScoutNews,LLC.
All rights reserved  

Related medicine news :

1. Researchers show that nitric oxide-donating naproxen can boost colorectal cancer prevention
2. Nitric oxide-releasing wrap for donor organs and cloth for therapeutic socks
3. As Summer Heats Up, Glacier Creme Debuts the Ultimate in Natural Sunscreen: 'Naked Protection' with Zinc Oxide
4. DTWI's Travel Carbon Monoxide Detector Prevents Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Whilst Holidaying Abroad, or in the UK
5. Study: Carbon Monoxide Exposure Can be Reduced During Routine Anesthesia in Kids
6. Exposure to nitrogen dioxide lowers in vitro fertilization success
7. For Preemies, Better Use of Oxygen Improves Survival
8. DHA Supplements for Mom Good for Preemies
9. Probiotics Beneficial for Tiniest Preemies
10. Youngest Preemies Survival Rate Unchanged
11. New global report launched by the International AIDS Society recommends a new paradigm for treating injecting drug users: Seek, test, treat and retain
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
Related Image:
Nitric Oxide Doesn't Seem to Help Preemies' Lungs: Report
(Date:4/29/2016)... ... , ... Spine Team Texas, a comprehensive spine physician group specializing in the ... has been invited to be a featured speaker at the Texas Society of the ... 30, 2016. , Dr. R. Scott McPherson, a physical medicine and rehabilitation specialist, ...
(Date:4/29/2016)... ... April 29, 2016 , ... Mobility Designed is redefining mobility with their ... the M+D Crutch evenly distributes body weight from the elbow to the forearm. ... the crutches than with other crutches. , Co-founders Max and Liliana Younger were inspired ...
(Date:4/29/2016)... ... April 29, 2016 , ... ... Celiac Association (CCA), is pleased to announce the launch of the GFCP ... articles, recipes, and more. The purpose of the GFCP Scoop site ...
(Date:4/29/2016)... ... 29, 2016 , ... Dr. Robert Mondavi, one of the dentists in ... is a fast-growing field as more patients are discovering the many different ways they ... the options currently available to them and which ones might work for their smiles. ...
(Date:4/29/2016)... Hills, CA (PRWEB) , ... April 29, 2016 , ... ... of devices and products for the head and neck/ear, nose and throat specialty, has ... Device , The KOTLER NASAL AIRWAY™ is a newly patented safety device ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:4/29/2016)... , April 29, 2016 ... Review, H1 2016" market research report that provides ... with comparative analysis at various stages, therapeutics assessment ... of administration (RoA) and molecule type, along with ... It also reviews key players involved in the ...
(Date:4/29/2016)... , April 29, 2016 ... for Life Sciences, Product Development Capabilities in ... Science Customer Base . Indegene ... today announced the acquisition of Skura Corporation,s life ... leader in adaptive sales enablement technology for life ...
(Date:4/29/2016)... 2016 Interview ... Sanofi, leader mondial et diversifié ... pour le premier trimestre 2016. Le ... commente les résultats du premier trimestre ... le reste de l,année. ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: