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2023

5.4 Million Baby Sleepers Recalled After More Than 115 Infant Deaths

5.4 Million Baby Sleepers Recalled After More Than 115 Infant DeathsTUESDAY, Jan. 10, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- Two companies are issuing new recalls on Monday for millions of previously recalled rocking sleepers for infants, with about 115 infant deaths possibly linked to use of the sleepers so far reported.With both products, the Fisher-Price Rock ‘n Play Sleepers and the Kids2 Rocking Sleepers, infants have rolled from their back to their stomach or side while unrestrained, in addition to possibly other circumstances linked to death. Parents or caregivers should stop using both brands of sleepers, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission said.Fisher-Price said Monday it is now recalling 4.7 million of its Rock 'n Play sleepers; its initial recall was made on April 12, 2019. At that time, 30 incidents where babies had died had been reported with...

Scientists Pinpoint Why People With Autism Struggle to...

9 January 2023
Scientists Pinpoint Why People With Autism Struggle to Understand a Speaker`s `Tone`MONDAY, Jan. 9, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- Children with autism often have difficulty grasping the emotional cues in other people's voices, and now researchers may have zeroed in on the reason why.In a study of 43 kids with and without autism, researchers were able to trace such difficulties to a particular brain area -- one involved in social communication.Experts said the findings suggest that children with autism are processing the sound of vocal emotions without trouble. The stumbling block can arise in interpreting those sounds.Typically, children learn from an early age to link vocal sounds to particular emotions: They know when their parents are happy or sad, even if they do not understand all the words being said.But many children and adults with autism have difficulty "reading"...

Almost 700,000 Rocking Sleepers Recalled After 15 Babies Die

9 January 2023
Almost 700,000 Rocking Sleepers Recalled After 15 Babies DieMONDAY, Jan. 9, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- Following the deaths of 15 infants, families are advised to immediately stop using all models of Kids2 Rocking Sleepers, according to a second recall notice.Four of those 15 babies died after the first recall notice, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) reported. The company is recalling 694,000 Rocking Sleepers. Parents can contact the Kids2 company for a refund.The CPSC says the deaths occurred after the infants rolled from their back to their stomach or side while unrestrained, or under other circumstances. However, in some of the reports, Kids2 has been unable to confirm exactly what happened or that the product was a Rocking Sleeper, according to the company.The original recall was announced in April 2019. This new...

Leading Pediatricians' Group Calls for More Aggressive...

9 January 2023
Leading Pediatricians` Group Calls for More Aggressive Treatment of Childhood ObesityMONDAY, Jan. 9, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- A leading pediatricians' group has issued new guidelines on treating obesity in children and teens that, for the first time, call for early, aggressive intervention that can include weight-loss drugs and surgery.“There is no evidence that ‘watchful waiting’ or delayed treatment is appropriate for children with obesity,” Dr. Sandra Hassink, an author of the new American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) guidelines and vice chair of the Clinical Practice Guideline Subcommittee on Obesity, said in a statement.About 20% of U.S. children now live with obesity, about 15 million children altogether, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The new guidelines recommend against watching and waiting, instead suggesting families...

New Hope Against 'Incurable' Liver Disease That Kills Children

6 January 2023
New Hope Against `Incurable` Liver Disease That Kills ChildrenFRIDAY, Jan. 6, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- Patients with an incurable, genetic liver disease have new hope after an animal study showed that a single drug could reverse its effects.Alagille syndrome is caused by a mutation that prevents the formation and regeneration of bile ducts in the liver.About 4,000 babies a year are born with this condition. Often, they require a liver transplant, which is not always available. Without one, about 75% will die by late adolescence.“Alagille syndrome is widely considered an incurable disease, but we believe we’re on the way to changing that,” said study leader Duc Dong. He is an associate professor in human genetics at Sanford Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute in San Diego. “We aim to advance this drug into clinical trials, and our...
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