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120 RI babies in study that led to death or blindness

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The Associated Press


More than 120 Rhode Island babies were part of a national study that came under fire last week from federal health officials, who said parents weren't properly informed of risks including death or blindness.

The Providence Journal reports124 babies at Women & Infants Hospital in Providence were part of the study of 1,300 infants.

The study funded by the National Institutes of Health looked at oxygen treatment of premature babies between 2005 and 2009. Too much oxygen can cause a kind of blindness and too little can increase the risk of death.

Of the babies studied, 137 died and 132 developed eye disease. It's unknown how many of those babies were from Rhode Island.

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