In Brief: Feb. 26, 2001

FLAT HEADS Placing infants on their backs to sleep has dramatically reduced cases of sudden infant death syndrome, but is causing a side effect: heads that are flat in the back. The condition can lead to misalignment of the ears and jaw. Fortunately, the softness of an infant's skull, which causes the problem, also makes it easy to fix. Babies should get plenty of tummy time when they are awake.

KINDER, GENTLER P.E. Competition may inspire some grade-school athletes, but for less agile kids the pressure can make gym class torturous and turn them off sports for life. So more schools...

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