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Highly saturated oxygen treatments help premature babies

Thursday, December 27, 2012
[FILE] A premature baby is shown inside an incubator at a hospital.

[FILE] A premature baby is shown inside an incubator at a hospital. (AP Photo)

Highly saturated oxygen treatments can help premature babies' long-term survival, according to a new study by the U.S. National Institutes of Health.

The study followed up data from 2010 that showed highly saturated oxygen helped the immediate survival chances of babies born between 24 and 27 weeks gestation.

Continued tracking of those infants showed that the oxygen treatments have helped them survive to be toddlers without negatively affecting their vision, which had been a concern.

The study appeared in the New England Journal of Medicine.

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