Daily News Roundup

SIDS Spikes on New Year’s Day
Not a happy holiday thought, but an important one: The number of babies who die of SIDS, or sudden infant death syndrome, surges by 33 percent on New Year’s Day. The suspected reason? Alcohol consumption by caretakers the night before. (Science Daily)

Most Young Children Consume Caffeine Each Day
A new U.S. study finds that 75 percent of children consume caffeine daily, largely through sodas. And the more caffeine they consumed, the less they slept. (US News)

Get a Head Start on New Year’s Resolutions
Nintendo and the American Heart Association have teamed up for the “12 Days of Getting Active,” a series of daily tips to make it easy for people to get active during the dessert-enticing holiday season. A recent survey found that 68 percent of people who play active-play video games start becoming more physically active in real life. (Activeplaynow.com)

Humana Foundation Awards Grants To Combat Childhood Obesity
Humana Inc. (NYSE: HUM) and The Humana Foundation announced today that five U.S. nonprofit organizations will receive a total of $212,000 to combat childhood obesity, a serious public health crisis in the U.S. These grants are a part of The Humana Foundation’s 2010 Future Without Childhood Obesity initiative. Humana recognizes that childhood obesity carries with it significant consequences – related medical costs have reached $14 billion per year and children are now being diagnosed with adult weight-related diseases, like type 2 diabetes, that significantly threaten quality of life.  (Medical News Today)

Clinical Trial Of Autism Early Intervention Reveals Significant Improvements In Toddlers’ Social And Communication Skills
In a study recently published in the Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry (Epub ahead of print), researchers from the Kennedy Krieger Institute found that early intervention can improve the core symptoms of autism spectrum disorders (ASD) in very young children. This is the first randomized clinical trial measuring how a group-based early intervention model impacts social development in toddlers with ASD. The most significant improvements were found in how the children connected and socialized with others, a defining stumbling block for children with autism. (Medical News Today)

Fighting Flu In Newborns Begins In Pregnancy
A three-year study by Yale School of Medicine researchers has found that vaccinating pregnant women against influenza is over 90 percent effective in preventing their infants from being hospitalized with influenza in the first six months of life. Published in Clinical Infectious Diseases, the study builds on preliminary data the research team presented last year at the Infectious Disease Society of America in Philadelphia. (Medical News Today)

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