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Research: RSV Treatment May be Ineffective

Research: RSV Treatment May be Ineffective

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(KSL News) Researchers at the University of Utah discovered commonly prescribed medications for lower respiratory infections in infants may be no more effective than placebo drugs.

Experts say the leading cause of hospitalization among babies in this country is a respiratory condition called "bronchiolitis." RSV accounts for most of those cases, and kids are often prescribed a type of steroid to help relieve symptoms.

A nationwide study compared the effects of the prescribed medication with a placebo. Regardless of treatment, about 40 percent of kids in both groups ended up being admitted into the hospital.

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