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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....

2010-11-09 20:58:15

The link between maternal cigarette smoking during pregnancy and Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) may relate to the negative effects of nicotine on the development of brain centers that regulate breathing, according to an article in the recent issue of Pediatric Allergy, Immunology, and Pulmonology, a peer-reviewed journal published by Mary Ann Liebert, Inc. (www.liebertpub.com). The article is available free online at www.liebertpub.com/ped SIDS is the leading cause of death during the...

2010-10-28 13:26:00

RIO RANCHO, N.M., Oct. 28 /PRNewswire/ -- Miracle Industries, LLC. maker of the world-famous swaddle Miracle Blanket®, have launched the website SwaddlingTruth.com in response to bad information, confusion and rumors regarding swaddling a newborn. "Some emerging products are being marketed as a 'swaddle' when they are in fact lacking the very discernible scientifically-proven attributes that make swaddling safe and effective," says Dr. Rodney Russell who specializes in...

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...

2010-02-03 12:40:59

Preliminary research indicates that decreased levels in the brainstem of serotonin (5-hydroxytryptamine [5-HT]; a neurotransmitter involved in several brain functions) and tryptophan hydroxylase (TPH2; an enzyme involved in the synthesis of serotonin) are associated with an increased risk for sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS), according to a study in the February 3 issue of JAMA. SIDS remains the leading cause of postneonatal (from one month to one year after birth) infant death in the...

2010-02-03 12:35:18

Doctors closing in on mysterious cause of death in infants Taking the next step in more than 20 years of research, researchers at Children's Hospital Boston have linked sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) with low production of serotonin in the brainstem, based on a comparison of brainstem samples from infants dying of SIDS compared to brainstems of infants dying from other, known causes. The findings, published in the Feb. 3 issue of The Journal of the American Medical Association, may give...

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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...

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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...


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