Volume 7 Issue 270
Published - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 10-Oct-2005 
Next Update - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 11-Oct-2005

Editor: Susan K. Boyer, RN
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Leading pediatricians group recommends infants sleep in cribs, not parents' beds

Revised American Academy of Pediatrics' guidelines on preventing sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) recommend putting babies to sleep in their own cribs instead of in their parents' beds. more  

Study finds surprising links between depression, suicide, and epilepsy

Researchers have found provocative evidence that the brain dysfunction that underlies epilepsy may also determine whether people are at risk for suicide. The study, published online October 10, 2005 in the Annals of Neurology, also suggests that depression and suicide may have different brain mechanisms. more

Intervention program fails to increase managed care colorectal cancer screening

An intervention program designed to promote screening for colorectal cancer and thereby decrease the number of cancers diagnosed - failed to increase screening rates in the managed care setting, a UCLA study has found. more  

Errors in cancer diagnosis put patients in harm's way

Procedures used to obtain and examine tissue for cancer diagnosis are prone to error that frequently results in harm, according to a new study published in the November 15, 2005 issue of Cancer. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality-funded researchers say that a governmentally mandated error detection method that involves the review of patient specimens, when patients have two or more specimens from the same body site, found up to 12 percent of reviewed specimen pairs had an erroneous diagnosis. However, pathologists failed to agree on the cause of most of these errors. more

Shorter colds, milder flu may follow from newly revealed immune mechanism  

Enlisted to help fight viral infections, immune cells called macrophages consume virus-infected cells to stop the spread of the disease in the body. Now researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis have uncovered how macrophages keep from succumbing to the infection themselves. Boosting this mechanism may be a way to speed recovery from respiratory infections. more

Scientists say no evidence exists that therapod dinosaurs evolved into birds 

No good evidence exists that fossilized structures found in China and which some paleontologists claim are the earliest known rudimentary feathers were really feathers at all, a renowned ornithologist says. Instead, the fossilized patterns appear to be bits of decomposed skin and supporting tissues that just happen to resemble feathers to a modest degree. more

Preventing chronic diseases: a vital investment

This WHO global report, "Preventing chronic diseases: a vital investment", (7MB PDF) makes the case for urgent action to halt and turn back the growing threat of chronic diseases. It presents a state-of-the-art guide to effective and feasible interventions, and provides practical suggestions for how countries can implement these interventions to respond successfully to the growing epidemics. more


New guidelines state: Babies should not be asleep in the same bed that their parents are sleeping in