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Steroid May Help Cut Pneumonia Risk After Brain Trauma
Date:3/22/2011

, who was not involved with the new study.

However, an editorial accompanying the study, written by Drs. Eileen M. Bulger and Joseph Cuschieri, of the University of Washington in Seattle, struck a more hesitant note.

While describing study as "well-designed," the editorialists cautioned that the number of traumatic brain injury patients involved wasn't large enough to be able to draw any firm conclusions about the promise of steroids in terms of preventing pneumonia-related death.

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For more on traumatic brain injury, visit the U.S. National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke.

-- Alan Mozes

SOURCES: Journal of the American Medical Association, news release, March 22, 2011; Lisandro Irizarry, M.D., chair, emergency department and emergency training program, Brooklyn Hospital Center, New York City


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