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Reductions in Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) are commonly attributed to modifications in infant sleep environments. However, a new study in the January 2016 issue of Pediatrics (published online Wednesday, Dec. 2) says that while making the sleep environment safer was critical to reducing the number of SIDS deaths, SIDS mortality has also followed trends in overall post-neonatal mortality. These findings suggest that efforts addressing the sleep environment must be coupled with understanding intrinsic biological pathways in order to address the underlying vulnerability to SIDS and reduce the currently plateaued SIDS rate. NERI statisticians Felicia Trachtenberg and Brian Harty contributed to this work.
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Watertown, MA, May 3, 2016 – Racial/ethnic minorities, particularly African Americans and Hispanic Americans are widely believed to have a higher risk of type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM). Research has frequently identified obesity as a key factor in this increased risk among racial/ethnic minorities. Lifestyle factors like health dietary habits and physical activity certainly contribute to disparities in diabetes diagnoses among different ethnic groups. However, a recent analysis published in the journal Diabetes Care found that socioeconomic factors like income and education may play a key role in diabetes risk among African American and Hispanic adults.
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