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2009-07-15 22:56:49

Nineteen century infant deaths attributed to smothering and overlaying were in all likelihood Sudden Infant Death Syndrome, a U.S. researcher said. Dr. Ariane Kemkes, an independent researcher in Scottsdale, Ariz., said these deaths would have been mislabeled by lawmakers as neglect and even infanticide, because SIDS had not yet been identified. SIDS is the third most prominent cause of death among infants under age 1, accounting for 30 percent to 55 percent of infant deaths during their...

2009-07-14 09:14:22

Study suggests tragic 19th century infant deaths mislabeled as neglect and infanticide were in fact crib deaths19th century infant deaths attributed to smothering and overlaying, by either a co-sleeper or bedding, were in all likelihood crib deaths, or Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS). These deaths would have been mislabeled by lawmakers as neglect and even infanticide, because SIDS had not yet been identified, according to Dr. Ariane Kemkes, an independent researcher from Scottsdale,...

2009-06-09 08:57:00

Educated Moms unaware of conclusive pediatric study CLEVELAND, June 9 /PRNewswire/ -- Haledyne and HealthyChildrenToday.com announced the surprising results of its recent survey of 542 Moms. More than 70 percent of respondents were unaware of the conclusive and widely-covered study by the Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine which found that using a fan while a baby is sleeping can reduce the risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) by 72 percent. SIDS, or a sudden unexplained...

2009-06-05 23:03:24

A specific class of drugs could be effective in treating babies vulnerable to sudden infant death syndrome, Canadian researchers suggest. Researchers at McMaster University in Hamilton said when mothers-to-be smoke during pregnancy the exposure of the fetus to nicotine results in its inability to respond to decreases in oxygen -- known as hypoxia -- which may result in a higher incidence of SIDS. In the study involving rats, researchers found the diabetic medication glibenclamide can reverse...

2009-06-03 10:14:39

A new study has identified a specific class of pharmaceutical drugs that could be effective in treating babies vulnerable to Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS), because their mothers smoked during pregnancy.According to researchers at McMaster University, exposure of the fetus to nicotine results in the inability to respond to decreases in oxygen"”known as hypoxia"”which may result in a higher incidence of SIDS. In the same study on rats, they found that the diabetic medication...

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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...

2009-04-06 13:07:01

Australian researchers say babies born to a mother who smokes are more likely to be slower to wake and this may explain sudden infant death syndrome. Rosemary Horne and doctoral student Heidi Richardson of Monash University compared babies of mothers who smoked both during the pregnancy and after the baby was born with babies who lived in a smoke-free environment. Horne said the study suggested that maternal smoking can impair a baby's ability to respond to external stimuli, which may explain...

2009-04-03 11:56:47

Monash University researchers have shown that babies born to a mother who smokes are more likely to be slower to wake or respond to stimulation "“ and this may explain their increased risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS).Scientific director of the Ritchie Centre for Baby Health Research Associate Professor Rosemary Horne and PhD student Heidi Richardson compared babies of mothers who smoked both during the pregnancy and after the baby was born, with babies who lived in a...

2009-01-09 08:58:40

Researchers at Oregon Health & Science University's School of Dentistry (www.ohsu.edu/sod) have discovered that the nerve cells controlling heart rate and blood pressure synthesize a molecule known to be critically important for proper nervous system growth. The finding could someday play a significant role in the prevention of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) and high blood pressure. According to the National Institutes of Health, SIDS is the leading cause of death in children between...

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2008-12-08 11:56:34

Monash University scientists show low blood pressure in premature babies during sleep Scientists from Monash University, Melbourne have shown that infants born prematurely have lower blood pressure during sleep in the first six months of life, compared to healthy, full-term infants. Scientists at the Ritchie Centre for Baby Health Research, Monash Institute of Medical Research, believe this may be one reason premature infants are at an increased risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS)....