HOME >> BIOLOGY >> NEWS
Standardized treatment protocol reduces deaths from malnutrition by 47%

Below are highlights of a paper published in the June 5th issue of the Lancet (353:9/68 1919-1922)

Malnutrition is responsible, at least in part, for nearly 6 million deaths in children under five each year. Severely malnourished children have high mortality rates from a variety of diseases (up to 50%), and usually die in the first 48 hours after hospital admission. The Centre for Health and Population Research (ICDDR,B) in Dhaka, Bangladesh treats well over 110,000 children each year and has an overall mortality rate of 0.45%. However, since deaths in severely malnourished children at the ICDDR,B remain at 15%, additional methods are needed to manage illness in these patients.

In collaboration with colleagues from the Louisiana State Medical School in New Orleans, ICDDR,B researchers have outlined a standardized protocol to treat severely malnourished children. The new proto-col includes:

  • Slow rehydration with an emphasis on oral rehydration;
  • Immediate feeding with a diet of locally available, inexpensive foods;
  • Routine micronutrient supplementation, and
  • Broad spectrum antibiotic therapy

When compared with non-protocol management at the same hospital, the malnourished children given the standardized treatment regimen had fewer episodes of hypoglycemia, less need for intravenous fluids, and a 47% reduction in mortality.

Dr. George Fuchs of the ICDDR,B says: "the lives of many children were saved at our hospital through the use of the standardized treatment regimen. It should be considered for use in all severely malnourished children."


'"/>

Contact: Laura M. Kelley
lkelley@jhsph.edu
410-614-5439
Child Health Research Project
4-Jun-1999


Page: 1

Related biology news :

1. Leader in cancer treatment and prevention research honored
2. International study findings link acne-like rash to effectiveness of new targeted cancer treatment
3. New study indicates arsenic could be suitable as first-line treatment in type of leukaemia
4. New treatment for fibromyalgia
5. The impact of genetic variations on the treatment of early rheumatoid arthritis
6. OneWorld Health compiles comprehensive state of infectious diarrhea treatments, potential solutions
7. Early clinical treatment can halt progression of Alzheimers disease, UCI researchers find
8. Colleagues to recognize research leadership in cancer detection, prevention and treatment
9. New view of leukemia cells identifies best treatment options, Stanford researchers say
10. Genetic model for devastating form of paraplegia suggests new treatments
11. Protective mechanism exploited by tumors may provide new cancer treatment

Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:


(Date:7/1/2020)... ... July 01, 2020 , ... Cure Glioblastoma, a ... most common and aggressive adult brain cancer—announced today the appointments of its first ... charged with supporting the organization’s initiatives and overall vision. , "Senior Fellows are ...
(Date:6/23/2020)... ... 23, 2020 , ... First Aid Africa, a Scottish charity ... and manufacturer of innovative portable renewable energy equipment, have announced the success of ... COVID-19 pandemic in Zambia. , One of Renovagen’s FAST FOLD portable solar power ...
(Date:6/19/2020)... ... June 18, 2020 , ... ... series, “Automate Your Lab with Software for Data Decisions,” for pharmaceutical and ... how to integrate and automate cutting-edge scientific instruments and laboratory equipment from ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):
(Date:7/1/2020)... (PRWEB) , ... June 29, 2020 , ... ... access to competitively procured purchasing contracts to its membership, recently named BioFit ... TIPS members with the opportunity to purchase ergonomic seating, cafeteria tables, book trucks ...
(Date:6/28/2020)... ... June 25, 2020 , ... ... develop a vaccine or drug treatment. In an effort to better understand the ... released the world’s largest imaging dataset portraying therapeutic compound effects from over 1,600 ...
(Date:6/23/2020)... ... June 23, 2020 , ... ... to unique lab-made bioresearch materials, today announced the availability of the Delta-G-VSV Pseudotyping ... at University of Tennessee, enables studies of SARS-CoV-2 viral entry and COVID-19 vaccine ...
(Date:6/23/2020)... (PRWEB) , ... June 22, 2020 , ... ... lead glutamine antagonist, DRP-104, will be presented June 22-24 during the American Association ... of DRP-104; and, the other profiles the potent, consistent single agent activity in ...
Breaking Biology Technology:
Cached News: