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Sudden infant death syndrome . . . and other stories

BMJ 2018; 360 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.k253 (Published 25 January 2018) Cite this as: BMJ 2018;360:k253

Back to sleep

Rates of sudden infant death syndrome have fallen to nearly a tenth of what they were in the late 1980s. This is a tribute to the epidemiologists who identified causes of the condition, and to campaigns such as “Back to Sleep” that successfully changed parental behaviour. A consequence of the increasing rarity of the condition is that people have become less aware of its risk factors. A survey of mothers in Bristol, UK, found that only half knew that the baby’s sleeping position was important (Arch Dis Child doi:10.1136/archdischild-2017-312927).

Emergency corneal grafting

A small proportion of corneal grafts are carried out as an emergency—most commonly in an attempt to save an eye that has perforated, or is about to do so. A registry study …

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