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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)...

2005-12-08 19:05:43

LONDON (Reuters) - 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...

2005-11-19 20:50:48

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Higher levels of the hormone testosterone are found in victims of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) than in infants who have died suddenly from other causes, results of a multicenter study suggest. There are several lines of evidence suggesting a link between SIDS and sex hormone levels, such as the correlation between the rise in sex hormone levels and the age range of risk for SIDS. Moreover, testosterone levels are associated with sleep disordered...

2005-11-17 15:20:00

By Megan Rauscher NEW YORK -- A study of the effects of the nationwide 'Back to Sleep' campaign -- an initiative launched in 1994 to encourage mothers to place their babies on their backs rather than their stomachs to sleep -- shows that this campaign has helped to reduce sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) cases overall in the United States. The campaign has not, however, reduced SIDS to the same extent in all levels of society. On the contrary, "the social gap in inequalities among...

2005-11-17 15:19:56

By Megan Rauscher NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - A study of the effects of the nationwide 'Back to Sleep' campaign -- an initiative launched in 1994 to encourage mothers to place their babies on their backs rather than their stomachs to sleep -- shows that this campaign has helped to reduce sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) cases overall in the United States. The campaign has not, however, reduced SIDS to the same extent in all levels of society. On the contrary, "the social gap in...

2005-10-10 08:39:15

By Maggie Fox, Health and Science Correspondent WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Infants should be put to sleep on their backs only, not their sides, and pacifiers can be used to help prevent sudden infant death syndrome, U.S. pediatricians said on Monday. Revised guidelines from the American Academy of Pediatrics issued on Monday also discourage parents from sleeping with their infants at all, saying babies are safer in their own cribs. SIDS, the sudden, unexplained death of an infant in the...

2005-10-10 00:25:00

WASHINGTON -- Infants should be put to sleep on their backs only, not their sides, and pacifiers can be used to help prevent sudden infant death syndrome, U.S. pediatricians said on Monday. Revised guidelines from the American Academy of Pediatrics issued on Monday also discourage parents from sleeping with their infants at all, saying babies are safer in their own cribs. SIDS, the sudden, unexplained death of an infant in the first year of life, is the third leading cause of infant mortality...

2005-09-04 02:37:37

STOCKHOLM (Reuters) - As many as one in 10 cases of sudden infant death syndrome could be avoided by early screening for a heart problem and proper treatment, researchers said on Sunday. Scientists have long suspected some cases of SIDS, also known as cot death or crib death, may be due to an electrical problem called long Q-T syndrome, in which the heart recharges itself too slowly. Now a study released at the European Society of Cardiology annual meeting in Stockholm has shown at...

2005-07-18 14:58:07

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - High outdoor levels of nitrogen dioxide apparently raise the risk of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS), according to California-based researchers. Dr. H. Klonoff-Cohen, from the University of California San Diego at La Jolla, and colleagues linked air pollutant data obtained from the California Air Resources Board with occurrences of SIDS. The study, in the Archives of Disease in Childhood, involved 169 infants born between 1988 and 1992 who died suddenly and...


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omphalos
  • The navel or umbilicus.
  • In Greek archaeology: A central boss, as on a shield, a bowl, etc.
  • A sacred stone in the temple of Apollo at Delphi, believed by the Greeks to mark the 'navel' or exact center-point of the earth.
'Omphalos' comes from the ancient Greek.
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