~ Zinc Boosts Antibiotic Treatment of Pneumonia in Children

Researchers from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and the International Centre for Diarrhoeal Disease Research in Bangladesh have found that combining zinc with antibiotics decreases the duration of pneumonia in children. The disease is one of the leading causes of death in children under the age of five.

In a double-blind study reported in the May 22 2004 issue of The Lancet, (http://www.thelancet.com) W Abdullah Brooks, MD and colleagues randomly assigned 20 milligrams zinc per day or a placebo to 270 children with severe pneumonia who were being treated with antibiotics. The children, who were between the ages of two and twenty-three months of age, recovered a day earlier and had an average hospital stay that was one day less than those who received the placebo. Signs and symptoms of pneumonia, including severely elevated respiration rates and low blood oxygen, were of shorter duration in the group who received zinc. Eleven children in the placebo group experienced failure of treatment with the initial antibiotics used compared to only two of the children who received zinc.

Dr Brooks, who is the lead author of the study, stated, "Our study shows that adding zinc to the standard antibiotic treatment significantly reduces the recovery time and overall hospital stay of children with severe pneumonia. The children who received zinc were also less likely to need a change in the antibiotic being used. This could have significant implications for reducing antibiotic-resistant infections by decreasing antibiotic exposure."

Senior investigator Robert Black, MD, added, "The zinc supplement was safe and substantially reduced the effects of acute pneumonia in young children. It could be especially beneficial in the developing world where millions of children die from pneumonia each year and where second line antibiotics may not be available."

Zinc - Research showed that zinc was safe and substantially reduced the effects of acute pneumonia in young children.

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