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Federal "Experiment" Deprived Premature Babies of Oxygen; Risks Hidden from Pare

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Sharyl Attkisson of The Daily Signal published a shocking piece titled, "Full Disclosure: Did Government's Experiment on Preemies Hide Risks?" (June 03, 2014)

The article outlines how the federal government's National Institute of Health (part of the Department of Health & Human Services) conducted a "study" called SUPPORT, which stands for "Surfactant, Positive Airway Pressure, and Pulse Oximetry Randomized Trial."

The government-funded experiment ordered that 1,316 extremely premature infants be provided with different amounts of supplementary oxygen.  Half of the group received a 'higher' dose while the others received a 'lower' dose.  

Many parents have come forward claiming that they were never told anything about oxygen levels being manipulated and only that the SUPPORT study was to offer 'support' to their delicate babies. 

The study was published in the New England Journal of Medicine with the following conclusion:

"A lower target range of oxygenation (85 to 89%), as compared with a higher range (91 to 95%), did not significantly decrease the composite outcome of severe retinopathy or death, but it resulted in an increase in mortality and a substantial decrease in severe retinopathy among survivors. The increase in mortality is a major concern, since a lower target range of oxygen saturation is increasingly being advocated to prevent retinopathy of prematurity. ( number, NCT00233324.)"

So there you have it, the study confirmed that because certain babies were provided with less oxygen...they died.

Is this the government that you want in charge of your healthcare system?

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