Your Health: Jun. 22, 1998

GOOD NEWS ON SIDS

Babies at risk for sudden-infant-death syndrome may be reliably identified by a signal on an EKG. Newborns with the heart abnormality, called a prolonged QT Interval, were 41 times as likely to be at risk for sids as those without it. If detected, the problem can be treated with an 80% to 90% success rate.

BAD NEWS FOR ATHLETES

Parents of high school linebackers can add another worry to the list. Medical questionnaires used by many schools to detect an athlete at risk for heart trouble are inadequate. In 24 states, medical tests of athletes are not...

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