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Efforts to Save Premature Babies Vary Widely
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Poor consensus on which very premature babies doctors should try to save because they are viable and which should be given only comfort care has resulted in widely varying levels of intervention among hospitals, with many lives lost as a result, researchers conclude.

A study of nearly 5,000 babies delivered emergently at 22 and 23 weeks of gestation at hospitals participating in the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development Neonatal Research Network, was published in the New England Journal of Medicine Thursday.