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  1. Low Serotonin Levels May Be Key to SIDS

    Feb. 2, 2010 -- Lower levels of the hormone serotonin may help explain why some infants succumb to sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS), according to a new study. In the U.S., SIDS deaths have declined by more than 50% since 1990. Experts say that's partly due to practices believed to minimize the ri

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  2. Graco Strollers, Dorel Cribs Recalled

    Jan. 20, 2010 -- Graco has recalled 1.5 million strollers after five children lost fingertips in the canopy hinge. And Dorel Asia has recalled 635,000 cribs after one infant died and six got trapped in the drop side. The Graco strollers being recalled are the company's Passage, Alano, and Spree stro

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  3. Natural Treatment for RSV Infection?

    Dec. 21, 2009 -- A fatty substance found naturally in the lungs may provide a natural defense against respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) infection. New research suggests the substance, a lipid known as POPG, may prevent RSV infection as well as limit the spread of the virus once infection has occurre

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  4. Baby Beds Recalled After 2 Deaths

    Dec. 9, 2009 -- A Minnesota company has issued a voluntary recall of about 24,000 of its China-made Amby Baby Motion Beds after two infant deaths, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission says. The CPSC says the company involved, Amby Baby USA of Minneapolis, announced the voluntary recall of the

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  5. Test for Newborns Detects Blood Disorder

    Dec. 8, 2009 -- An inexpensive new newborn screening method can detect a rare blood disorder that affects the immune system and causes life-threatening complications if left untreated. A new study shows testing of newborn DNA extracted from dried blood spots on newborn blood screening cards was able

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  6. Not All Parents Put Babies to Sleep on Back

    Dec. 7, 2009 -- Despite warnings that it is safest to place a baby to sleep on his or her back, the number of caregivers doing so has not increased in recent years, according to a new report.   The National Institute of Child Health and Human Development's "Back to Sleep" campaign began in 1994 afte

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  7. Increase in Babies Born With Down Syndrome

    Nov. 30, 2009 -- The prevalence of infants born with Down syndrome has increased dramatically in recent years, new research indicates. Reporting in the Nov. 30 issue of Pediatrics, scientists say the prevalence of live born infants with Down syndrome increased by 31% between 1979 and 2003, from 9 to

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  8. Aluminum Can Tabs Still Pose Health Risks

    Nov. 30, 2009 (Chicago) -- The aluminum can manufacturers' move to make the tabs on cans harder to ingest is apparently too easy to swallow. The so-called stay-tabs were developed to prevent accidental ingestion of the pull-tabs that preceded them. But young people are still swallowing them, says La

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  9. 2.2 Million Drop-Side Cribs Recalled

    Nov. 24, 2009 -- After four U.S. infants died while trapped in the cribs, 2.2 million drop-side cribs made by Stork Craft -- including 147,000 with the Fisher-Price logo -- have been recalled. It's far from the first time that child entrapment has led the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission to r

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  10. 1 Million Maclaren Baby Strollers Recalled

    Nov. 9, 2009 -- Maclaren USA and the Consumer Product Safety Commission today announced a voluntary recall of "about a million" Maclaren baby strollers because of the risk of fingertip amputation. Maclaren USA has gotten 15 reports of children placing their finger in the stroller's hinge mechanism,

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