Washington: European scientists have shed new light on the causes of the devastating, inexplicable syndrome known as sudden infant cot death.
The syndrome, which strikes fear into every parent's heart, affects seemingly healthy babies aged between a month to a year, and is main cause of death among infants of that age in developed nations.
Now researchers at the European Molecular Biology Laboratory in Italy have revealed that an imbalance of the neuronal signal, serotonin, in the brainstem caused sudden death in mice, according to the study in Science magazine.
The brainstem, which is at the base of the brain and joins to... read more
Depriving infants of slumber can have serious consequences
Filipino parents believe that their babies sleep well at night. But think again. A global sleep survey revealed that Filipino babies ranked in among those who has the lowest number of nighttime sleep hours (an average of 9 hours and 9 minutes) compared to the Caucasian babies who were registered to have the longest duration of nighttime sleep (10 hours).
Conducted recently among 30,000 respondents, 1,100 of which were Filipino moms with babies, a study2 found Filipino and Asian babies woke up several times during the night-an average of 32 minutes every night-compared to... read more
Paris: More than a third of children born before the seventh month of pregnancy are disabled, and the degree of disability rises the earlier they are born, according to a new study published recently in Lancet.
The investigation by French researchers was prompted by the fact that more and more children born prematurely in advanced economies are able to survive, thanks to better-equipped hospitals and better-trained staff.
A team led by Pierre-Yves Ancel and Beatrice Larroque of the National Institute of Health and Medical Research (Inserm) looked at the health of 1,817 five-year-old French children who had been born between 22 and... read more