Published On: Tue, May 10th, 2016

Latest steroid treatment for children



Numerous new researches have developed cures for the diseases which were incurable in the past. Recently a team of researchers has enlarged a new steroid treatment for kids experiencing from a life-threatening lung situation.

Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome (ARDS) is a catch-all phrase linked with the incapability of lung tissue to get oxygen. The lungs of patients with this state turn into many firms and are unable of transferring oxygen into the blood.

Kanwaljeet Anand, who is the lead researcher and professor at Stanford University in California, US, stated that “Over the last 20-30 years researchers have come up with novel therapies but have not been able to move the needle substantially in terms of reducing mortality of ARDS patients,”

In the research study, cited in the journal Frontiers in Pediatrics, the team organized the initial ever randomized control trial and witnessed clinical disparities in kids dealt with steroids.

Kids in rigorous care units need mechanical ventilation were dealt with the drugs corticosteroid and methylprednisolone.

The results illustrated suppressed inflammation, Dai Kimura one of the researchers from the University of Tennessee in the US, elaborated that “although the trial did not improve mortality or the duration that mechanical ventilation was required, the children’s ventilation and blood oxygenation improved,”

Anand further continued by saying as, “This is a very significant outcome as, even with a small pilot study, we were able to demonstrate significant differences in those treated with steroids,”

To expand an effective steroid treatment for ARDS, the team required many details how steroids affect lung inflammation.

Kimura further stated that “The study found that there are important differences in biomarker levels in the children that received the steroids, compared with those who did not,”

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Sidra Muntaha

- Sidra Tul Muntaha is a journalist (MA-Mass Communication and M.Phil in Mass Communication) based in Lahore. She is working as an editor at fashion, style and entertainment in the section of the Kooza. She writes fashion and entertainment articles for The Kooza News.