Risk of Infection, Death From MRSA Persists in Long-Term Carriers

People who harbor methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) for more than 1 year remain at substantial risk of MRSA-related illness or death, according to a single-center retrospective cohort study published in the July 15 issue of Clinical Infectious Diseases.

Sleeping With a Pacifier Lowers SIDS Risk

Babies should be put to sleep on their backs and offered a pacifier, and they should not sleep overnight in the same bed with their parents, according to surprising new guidelines designed to prevent sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS).

SIDS Cases Rise During Winter

Don't cover babies with extra blankets or clothes during winter because of the risk of SIDS (sudden infant death syndrome). That advice comes from the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD), a branch of the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

Longer SIDS Risk for Premature Babies

Premature babies may be at risk for SIDS (sudden infant death syndrome) longer than full-term babies, a new study shows. SIDS is the sudden, unexpected death of a baby less than 1 year old with no explanation from a thorough investigation.

1 in 7 Americans Lack Health Insurance

One in seven Americans — one in six Americans under age 65 — do not have any kind of health insurance, the CDC reports. Lack of health insurance is greatest in the Southwest and lowest in the Northeast, with huge variation — by about 20% — among the states. "Overall, 43.1 million Americans lacked health […]

Coffee and Tea May Protect Against Stroke

High consumption of coffee or tea every day appears to protect male smokers against at least 1 type of stroke, a new study suggests. This large, prospective, observational study showed that Finnish smokers who consumed 8 or more cups of coffee per day had a 23% lowered risk for cerebral infarction, whereas those who drank […]