Steroids not good enough to help children with lower respiratory infectionsAccording to a study published in an issue of The New England Journal of Medicine, medications containing steroids are not effective for improving respiratory symptoms or preventing hospitalization among infants suffering with bronchiolitis.

Findings of the study truly highlights the power of a research network such as Pediatric Emergency Care Applied Research Network (PECARN) in providing answers to otherwise difficult-to-answer questions, according to Nathan Kuppermann, M.D., a professor of emergency medicine and pediatrics at the University of California, Davis, chair of the PECARN network’s steering committee and the senior investigator of the study.

These findings by PECARN offer critical implications for medical practitioners to treat bronchiolitis, one of the most common causes of infant hospitalization.

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