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5/7/03

HealthWise at 5 From 5.7

  • SIDS Study

New research raises some new questions about safe sleeping habits and the risk of SIDS. A Chicago study in the journal Pediatrics compared the lifestyle and sleeping habits of more than 250 infants who died of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome, or SIDS to the same number of healthy babies. They found the infants who died of SIDS were more than five times more likely to have shared a bed, not with mom and dad, but with other children.
The research confirmed two known sids risks factors, sleeping on soft bedding alone posed five times the risk of SIDS as a firm mattress, and putting a baby to sleep on their stomach increased the risk more than two times. The study also uncovered another risky sleeping place, the sofa. Of the sids cases, 15 were found to have slept on a sofa the last time they were placed to sleep. The researchers do not know why sleeping on a sofa would increase the risk of SIDS more than would sleeping on a bed, yet warn that appears to be highly dangerous as well.
The research is part of the Chicago Infant Mortality Study, designed to identify risk factors for SIDS that place African American Infants at roughly double the sids risk of caucasians and is published in the journal Pediatrics.

  • Bladder Patch

If you find yourself racing to find a bathroom, you may want to ask your doctor about the newest patch in Lubbock now for bladder control. It's called the oxytrol transdermal patch. You can stick it on the tummy, the hip or the rear twice a week to control the urgent need to urinate.
Dr. James Kirk, a Urologist, says patients who tried medication but didn't like the side effects, will probably find the patch a better option."When we've tried to use these medications, they're metabolized very quickly so that we get really high levels which cause side-effects and then the level drops off quickly so that it's not working anymore. Just recently, they've begun to market a new transdermal patch that you can change twice weekly that's had more sustained levels so there's a lot less side effects."
Dr. Kirk says it's an old drug, Oxybutin, just with a new delivery system. So, the main side effect is still dry mouth, but with the patch, he says, that hasn't been as big a problem.

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