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Researchers Fail to Inform Parents of Risks Associated with Study

Researchers Fail to Inform Parents of Risks Associated with Study

Researchers Fail to Inform Parents of Risks Associated with Study

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/04/11/health/parents-of-preemies-werent-told-of-risks-in-study.html?pagewanted=all&_r=0

Over 1,000 families participated in a government funded study of premature babies at various prestigious universities across the country. According to a federal report, many of the universities failed to inform the participants that participation in the study could increase the infant's chances of becoming blind or even dying. Twenty-three universities took part in the study, and those university included Duke, Yale, Stanford, and the University of Alabama who led the study. The Office for Human Research Protections stated in a detailed letter that the study did have an effect on which babies died and which were blinded, and the universities failed to inform parents of those risks. Infants who were involved in the study were around twenty weeks premature which is a high risk category of infant. The study took place between 2004 and 2009, and the results were recently published in the New England Journal of Medicine. The government agency went on to state that these researches had sufficient knowledge to warn parents about the risks of the study.

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