Research: Premature babies sometimes get too much treatment

October 30, 2008 2:28:49 PM PDT
Modern medicine has enabled doctors to do whatever possible to keep premature babies alive. But two new studies find in some cases it might be too much.Researchers from the University of Texas Medical School found babies weighing less than 2 pounds were slightly more likely to die if they were given early light therapy for rising levels of bilirubin causing jaundice.

A second study from Britain's University of Cambridge finds early insulin therapy offers little clinical benefit in very low-birth weight infants, putting them at risk of dangerous low blood-sugar.