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2008-07-04 09:00:03

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Scientists have new evidence that the brain chemical best known for regulating mood also plays a role in the mystifying killer of seemingly healthy babies -- sudden infant death syndrome. Autopsied tissue from SIDS babies first raised suspicion that an imbalance in serotonin might be a factor. But specialists couldn't figure out how that defect could kill. Now researchers in Italy have engineered mice born with serotonin that goes haywire -- and found the brain...

2008-06-20 12:00:07

Ganeden Biotech, the largest seller of over-the-counter probiotic bacteria in the United States, today announced it will make available for license its patent related to the use of its probiotics to control bacterial infections associated with infant mortality, specifically, Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS). Ganeden Biotech was awarded U.S. Patent number 7,374,753 by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on May 20, 2008, for a group of probiotic bacteria shown to inhibit growth of the...

2008-05-30 11:53:09

Researchers in Britain report they have identified two common bacteria that may contribute to sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS), one of the leading causes of death in children under the age of one.   The scientists performed post-mortem tests on more than 470 babies who died suddenly and without explanation in a London hospital over a ten year time period. They discovered potentially lethal bacteria such as E. coli and Staphylococcus aureus in nearly half of all...

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2008-05-30 09:06:52

A new study provides the most direct evidence that there exists a causal link between smoking during pregnancy and Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS). Clinicians have long considered prenatal cigarette smoke exposure a major contributing risk factor for SIDS, but researchers had not proved a casual relationship. Other contributing factors include disturbances of breathing and heart rate regulation and impaired arousal responses, thermal stress (primarily overheating from too high...

2006-07-12 12:40:00

NEW YORK -- Very preterm infants sleep more deeply when they're placed on their fronts rather than on their backs. In the prone position they have fewer arousals and more episodes when they stop breathing briefly, which may increase their risk of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS), UK investigators report. These findings emphasize the importance of recommending supine sleeping when preterm infants -- who are already at increased risk of SIDS -- leave the neonatal intensive care unit. Dr....

2006-01-17 19:05:00

By Patricia Reaney LONDON -- Cases of babies dying from Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) have fallen dramatically over 20 years but deaths while sleeping with a parent on a sofa have risen 400 percent, researchers said on Wednesday. The findings by doctors at the Royal Hospital for Children in Bristol, England show that campaigns to inform parents about SIDS, or cot deaths, have had an impact. But Professor Peter Fleming, who headed the research team, said parents need to be aware of the...

2006-01-12 10:15:00

By Will Boggs, MD NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Several prenatal factors can be used to help predict the risk of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS), according to a report in the current issue of the journal Pediatrics. "There is a very elaborate protocol for assessing postnatal risk factors in the investigation of (sudden infant) deaths, but the assessment of prenatal risk factors is very crude," Dr. Gordon C. S. Smith from Cambridge University in the UK told Reuters Health. "I would see this...

2005-12-16 12:39:26

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Women who have an infant that dies from sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) are more likely in their subsequent pregnancies to deliver infants who are born preterm or "small for gestational age," investigators from the UK have found. Because these complications increase the risk of SIDS, these data help explain why some women have more than one infant who succumbs to SIDS. Statistics show that women who have one baby who dies from SIDS are roughly five...

2005-12-15 22:45:32

LONDON (Reuters) - Women whose babies die from Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) have a higher risk of complications in another pregnancy which may help to explain why some suffer recurrent cot deaths, scientists said on Friday. SIDS, or cot death, is the leading cause of death in babies under a year old. The cause of the mysterious syndrome in which babies die inexplicably in their sleep is unknown. Lying the infant face-down, parental smoking and old mattresses which may harbor...

2005-12-09 00:10:00

LONDON -- Baby pacifiers can reduce the risk of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS), the leading cause of death in babies under a year old, according to new research published on Friday. Scientists in the United States found babies who used a pacifier, also known as a "dummy," while they slept had a 90 percent reduced risk of cot death compared to other babies. "Use of a dummy during sleep was associated with a reduced risk of SIDS," Dr De-Kun Li, of the Health Management Organization (HMO)...