|Respiratory distress syndrome (RDS) causes nearly 40 percent of premature infant deaths worldwide. A lack of natural surfactant in their under-developed lungs is the initial cause of RDS. Treatment is not readily available for RDS in developing countries because conventional surfactant replacement therapy uses animal-derived surfactants that are costly to produce, must be carefully stored, and require highly trained practitioners to perform a sophisticated delivery procedure.
Researchers from Purdue University have developed a synthetic polymer-based surfactant to treat RDS by supplementing the premature infant's naturally produced surfactants. The synthetic lung surfactant, proven effective by in vitro measurements using a lung-mimetic device, will be less expensive to produce and store and will not require delivery by skilled physicians. This simple, cost effective surfactant is a promising treatment to decrease the mortality rate of premature infants worldwide.
-Less costly to produce and store
-Less variation in production versus current animal-derived surfactant
-Treatment option for developing countries
-Respiratory distress syndrome
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