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Sunday 09, May 2010

  Children with lower respiratory infections not able to find relief with steroid medications

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Children with lower respiratory infections not able to find relief with steroid medicationsYoung children suffering with bronchiolitis, a common viral lower respiratory infection in infants, are not able to find any relief with medications based on steroids, as per a study published in an issue of the New England Journal of Medicine.

This finding by the Pediatric Emergency Care Applied Research Network (PECARN) resolved controversy from past research and is considered to guide during treatment for the most common cause of infant hospitalization.

Howard M. Corneli, M.D., professor of pediatrics at the University of Utah and the principal investigator on the study, said that glucocorticoids (a form of steroids) do not prove effective for treating bronchiolitis and future efforts must be focused upon better treatments and better preventive strategies.

Wednesday 18, Nov 2009

  Steroids not effective for treating bronchiolitis

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Steroids not effective for treating bronchiolitisAccording to a new study co-authored by Dr. Joan Bregstein of the Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital of New York-Presbyterian and Columbia University Medical Center, steroids are not effective when it comes to treating infants with bronchiolitis, which is a common and potentially serious viral lower respiratory infection.

This multicenter study, which was conducted by the Pediatric Emergency Care Applied Research Network (PECARN), found out that steroid therapy was unable to prevent hospitalization or improve respiratory symptoms for bronchiolitis.

It is worth nothing that some of the bronchiolitis symptoms include coughing, fever, wheezing, and runny nose.

This study on bronchiolitis was led for PECARN by the University of Utah’s Department of Pediatrics and Primary Children’s Medical Center in Salt Lake City.