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Antibiotics May Help Some Kids With Malnutrition Recovery

Antibiotics May Help Some Kids With Malnutrition Recovery
1/31/2013 3:27 PM ET

Antibiotics may be one unexpected tool that can help fight malnutrition in children, says a study from researchers in the African nation of Malawi. For the study, the researchers followed the treatment of 2,500 kids in Malawi suffering from malnutrition.

Half of the kids in the trial were given antibiotics along with a peanut-based therapeutic food while the other half were given a placebo. They found that those who received the antibiotics were significantly more likely to survive during the following 30 days.

"The findings are remarkable. Based on previous research, we didn't think there would be much benefit from antibiotics. We did not at all expect to see a drop in the death rate - but there was, and it is significant," says lead researcher Indi Trehan.

Fellow study author Mark Manary adds:

"The addition of antibiotics has a profound impact that we hope will change how these children are treated worldwide. This trial provided very solid, very objective, top-of-the-line scientific evidence to answer the question of whether antibiotics should be added to severely malnourished children's treatment regimen. The answer is yes. This is a game-changer. This will save more lives."

by RTT Staff Writer

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