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Laundry ‘pod’ poisoning risk – expert responds

John Kerr posted in on November 14th, 2014.

Laundry ‘pods’ containing concentrated detergent pose a serious poisoning risk to young children, according to a new US study. Research published this week in the journal Pediatrics found that in 2012 and 2013, U.S. poison control centres received reports of 17,230 children younger than 6 years of age swallowing, inhaling, or otherwise being exposed to […]

Circumcision health risks and benefits – experts respond

John Kerr posted in on April 4th, 2014.

A new review of US data has prompted a team of researchers to call on practitioners and policy makers to promote infant male circumcision as a health intervention. The article, published in the Mayo Clinic Proceedings, argues that the benefits of infant male circumcision to health exceed the risks by over 100 to one. The […]

Bedsharing with parents a risk for babies – experts respond

John Kerr posted in on May 21st, 2013.

The risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (cot death), is five times higher in babies who share parents’ beds, even when the parents are non-smokers and the mother has not been drinking alcohol and does not use illegal drugs, according to new research. The study is the the largest of it kind and includes data […]

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