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Latest Sudden infant death syndrome Stories

2011-07-28 23:30:28

New insights may be relevant to sudden infant death syndrome Researchers have developed a toolkit that enables them to turn off targeted cell populations while leaving others unaffected. Led by Susan Dymecki, a professor of genetics at Harvard Medical School, the group focused on serotonin-producing neurons, observing how mice behave in a normal environment when suddenly their serotonin neurons are turned down. While their findings affirm earlier studies, the researchers used a technique that...

2011-07-28 23:27:01

NIH-funded scientists have developed a strain of mice with a built-in off switch that can selectively shut down the animals' serotonin-producing cells, which make up a brain network controlling breathing, temperature regulation, and mood. The switch controls only the serotonin-producing cells, and does not affect any other cells in the animal's brains or bodies. When the researchers powered down the animals' serotonin cells, the animals failed to sufficiently step up their breathing to...

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2011-07-18 11:50:00

If bed-sharing works for your family, researchers say, then feel free to do so without feeling as if you are stunting your child's development, according to a new Reuters Health report. New research should allay fears that infants sleeping with parents in bed may harm a toddler's intellectual or social development, although it is not recommended until after the child is at least one year of age, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) warns. The primary concern with small babies is sudden...

2011-07-13 13:31:00

'BabyBeat' has additional applications for telemedicine and remote monitoring A new system using video and computer software to monitor a baby that could be used to prevent Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS), as well as for telemedicine applications, has been developed by two students at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (BGU). The new system called "BabyBeat" was developed by students in the BGU Departments of Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences. It uses computer algorithms to...

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2011-06-13 13:36:43

According to a new study, babies who are breastfed are less likely to die of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS). The authors write in Pediatrics that other explanations seem unlikely. "Breastfeeding is the best method of feeding infants," Dr. Fern Hauck, the study's lead author from the University of Virginia School of Medicine in Charlottesville, said in a statement to Reuters Health. SIDS is defined as a sudden and unexplained death in a baby less than a year old.  According to the...

2011-04-21 12:38:00

Statement of Matthew L. Myers President, Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids WASHINGTON, April 21, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- A new report published today by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention underscores the strong momentum across the country to pass smoke-free workplace laws that protect all workers and the public from the serious health hazards of secondhand smoke. The CDC report finds that in the past 10 years, 25 states and the District of Columbia have enacted...

2011-04-21 14:50:46

TAU pioneers new test for "sudden death syndrome" in young athletes When a high school athlete drops dead, the rare but fatal condition called "sudden death syndrome" dominates the headlines. For reasons that remain a mystery to scientists, some young athletes "” especially young males "” begin to experience an unusual heart arrhythmia. With over-exertion, their hearts stop pumping, leading to sudden death. Until now, screening for the hard-to-detect syndrome has been...

2011-04-05 00:21:49

The prevalence of plagiocephaly, a condition marked by an asymmetrical, flattening of the skull, appears to be increasing in infants and young children, according to a report posted online today that will appear in the August issue of Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine, one of the JAMA/Archives journals. "Plagiocephaly is characterized by unilateral flattening of the head either in the frontal or occipital [rear] region," the authors write as background information in the study....

2011-03-30 14:59:00

Groups that oppose smoke-free law are Alting's top donors in last two elections INDIANAPOLIS, March 30, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Saying it raises questions about his opposition to a smoke-free law that includes bars, the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids today released data from the National Institute on Money in State Politics showing that over the last two election cycles, Senator Ronnie J. Alting has taken more political contributions from businesses involved in the sale and...

2010-12-31 00:01:00

Effective January 1, 2011 all hospitals in Illinois will be required to provide free educational materials to parents or guardians of newborns regarding SIDS and Safe Sleep. The materials will include information to help parents understand SIDS and lower their child's risk for it. Hospital staff will be required to review the materials with new parents and discuss ways to reduce the likelihood of SIDS prior to their discharge from the hospital. SIDS of Illinois, Inc. has been educating...