Apr 11, 2013 12:21 PM by Michael Handler; KSBY News

Infant study leaves some blind or dead

A government watchdog agency is raising ethical concerns about a study involving more than 1,000 premature infants.

According to the office for Human Research Protections, parents were not adequately informed about the risks of the "Support" study which included blindness, brain damage, and even death.

It was conducted at 23 hospitals over four years. The study was trying to discover exactly how much supplemental oxygen gave preemies the best long-term outcomes.

The agency claims the parental consent form downplayed the risks of the study.



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