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2010-12-23 08:19:09

(Ivanhoe Newswire) -- It was reported that an average of 7,000 babies die of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) every year.  What's more, the number of infants who die of SIDS surges by 33 percent on New Year's Day.  How could that be you ask?  Well, the suspected reason is actually the alcohol consumption by caretakers the night before. Researchers looked at 129,090 SIDS cases from 1973 to 2006 by means of three multiyear nationwide datasets: computerized death certificates,...

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2010-12-16 13:35:00

UC San Diego study suggests link between sudden infant death and alcohol Not a happy holiday thought, but an important one: The number of babies who die of SIDS, or sudden infant death syndrome, surges by 33 percent on New Year's Day. The suspected reason? Alcohol consumption by caretakers the night before. Led by sociologist David Phillips of the University of California, San Diego, the study documenting the dramatic rise in SIDS deaths on New Year's is published in the journal Addiction....

2010-08-02 16:48:14

A study in the Aug. 1 issue of the journal SLEEP shows that at 2 to 4 weeks of age male infants are easier to arouse than females during quiet sleep, and by 2 to 3 months of age there are no significant gender differences in arousability. The results suggest that the increased rate of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) in males may not reflect a pre-existing vulnerability involving arousal responses. Results show that at 2 to 4 weeks of age, the mean strength of a pulsatile air-jet stimulus...

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2010-02-03 08:50:00

NIH-funded study finds abnormalities in brain region that regulates breathing, sleep The brains of infants who die of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) produce low levels of serotonin, a brain chemical that conveys messages between cells and plays a vital role in regulating breathing, heart rate, and sleep, reported researchers funded by the National Institutes of Health. SIDS is the death of an infant before his or her first birthday that cannot be explained after a complete autopsy, an...

2009-12-11 19:48:35

The advice of a pediatrician to place infants on their backs to sleep appears to be the single most important motivator in getting parents to follow these recommendations and a key reason that the rate of sudden death syndrome (SIDS) has plummeted since the "Back to Sleep" campaign was launched in 1994, says a UT Southwestern researcher. Multiple studies have shown that placing infants on their backs to sleep limits the risk of SIDS, the leading cause of death among children in the U.S. under...

2009-12-07 20:35:30

Placing infants on their backs for sleep can help reduce the risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS). But a study by Yale School of Medicine researchers and their colleagues shows that while the practice helped reduce the incidence of SIDS, it has reached a plateau since guidelines were released by the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development. Published in the December issue of the Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine, the study is based on data from the National...

2009-11-19 14:55:02

A baby's sleep position is the best predictor of a misshapen skull condition known as deformational plagiocephaly "“ or the development of flat spots on an infant's head "“ according to findings reported by Arizona State University scientists in the December issue of the journal Pediatrics. Analyzing the largest database to date, more than 20,000 children, the ASU researchers found that the number of babies who have developed flat-headedness has dramatically increased since 1992....

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2009-10-14 12:30:00

Over half of sudden infant deaths occur when the infant is co-sleeping with an adult on a bed or sofa, researchers reported Tuesday. What's more, parents' use of alcohol or drugs could also increase the risk of sudden infant death syndrome. Writing in the British Medical Journal, a team of researchers at the Universities of Bristol and Warwick found that although the rate of SIDS has dropped in the UK, parents needed to be aware of certain actions that could increase the risk of infant...

2009-08-20 00:25:10

What doctors recommend to prevent sudden infant death syndrome is not always depicted in women's magazines, U.S. researchers found. SIDS researchers Dr. Rachel Moon, a pediatrician, and Brandi Joyner at Children's National Medical Center in Washington analyzed pictures of sleeping infants in 24 magazines with wide circulation among 20- to 40-year-old women. The researchers evaluated pictures -- including articles and advertisements -- for sleep positions, including whether or not a baby was...

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2009-04-07 08:11:59

In a major study on Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS), German researchers believe they may have found several previously unrecognized risk factors for the disease, such as sleeping away from home and sleeping outside of the parent's bedroom. Dr. Mechtid M. Vennemann of the University of Munster explained in a recent medical journal article that various studies in the 1980's and 1990's revealed that sleeping face down presents a significantly increased risk of SIDS.  Following these...


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vermicular
  • Like a worm in form or movement; vermiform; tortuous or sinuous; also, writhing or wriggling.
  • Like the track or trace of a worm; appearing as if worm-eaten; vermiculate.
  • Marked with fine, close-set, wavy or tortuous lines of color; vermiculated.
  • A form of rusticated masonry which is so wrought as to appear thickly indented with worm-tracks.
This word ultimately comes from the Latin 'vermis,' worm.
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