Beware of The Pillow

Researchers uncover a new culprit in the mystery of sudden infant death syndrome

Each year in the U.S. about 7,000 infants die in their cribs for no apparent reason. Because doctors cannot find anything physically wrong with them, these babies are listed as victims of sudden infant death syndrome, a mysterious disorder that seems to occur when infants somehow forget to breathe. But new % evidence from a pair of pediatricians at the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis suggests that a subtle form of suffocation may be the true culprit in one-quarter to one-half of all suspected SIDS cases. Their conclusion, published in last week's New England Journal of Medicine, reflects...

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