Just a spoonful of sugar?

4 September 2010 at 12:48 pm Leave a comment

Research in The Lancet warns that existing medical practice does not work and may cause brain damage

A recent study published in The Lancet has shown that the tiny amounts of sucrose given to newborns to relieve pain during invasive procedures in fact is not as effective as previously shown. Earlier studies used newborn facial expressions as indicative of relaxation in response to sucrose administration, but the new study analyzed brain wave and spinal activity and found babies still feel the pain. The researchers acknowledge that a wider scope of study is required to further confirm results but are suggesting that sucrose not be continued to be used for pain relief.

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