Of 45 baby deaths in 2009, nine were linked to sleep while another six sleep-related cases were misattributed to other reasons, according to preliminary findings of a study by nurse Jennifer Combs, who teaches safe sleep habits for new parents at Boca Raton Regional Hospital in Florida. This makes one in three baby deaths sleep-related, more than standard estimates of one in five.
Gay, lesbian and bisexual youths had higher rates of engaging in seven out of 10 risk-taking behaviors, including smoking, drinking and suicide attempts, compared with heterosexual counterparts, according to CDC data published in the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. The findings underscored that additional stressors linked to sexual orientation, such as stigma and victimization, should be considered in youths' health and safety, a CDC official said.
A review published in Pediatrics says that skin changes due to sun exposure in babies may put them at risk of skin cancers such as melanoma in adulthood, noting that babies are more prone to the damaging effects of UV radiation to the skin cells. According to estimates in one of the studies, melanoma will affect one in 33 babies born today when they reach adulthood, compared with one in 1,500 babies born in 1935.
Dr. Marsha D. Raulerson says she is thankful for the provision of the health care law that insures even children with pre-existing conditions and stresses that the mandatory insurance policy entitles all Americans to affordable care when they get sick. "We have come too far to risk so much, particularly when most Americans already comply with the provision in question simply by having health insurance," Raulerson said.