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Preemies Need Protection, but Not the Kind You Think

preemieThe controversy over a recent neonatal clinical trial of oxygen therapy for premature babies offers two starkly different prescriptions for protecting babies from risky treatments in neonatal intensive care units.

One view, advocated by the federal Office for Human Research Protections and the advocacy group Public Citizen, is to warn their parents that participating in important, well-designed clinical trials is risky. Public Citizen even suggests prohibiting such studies altogether. The OHRP v…