Mordor: Lord of the Trials

The WHO says it will decide by 2019 whether to recommend routine antibiotics for infants in poor countries after a large study—known as the Mordor trial—revealed that receiving 2 annual doses of antibiotics reduced infant mortality by as much as 25%.

Conducted in Malawi, Niger and Tanzania, the study has sparked debate about the potential for antibiotic resistance, but the researchers say the benefits outweigh the risks. A vaccine-style roll-out of azithromycin for infants would likely target 35 million children living in countries where they stand a 1 in 10 chance of dying before age 5.

The New York Times

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