First Heart Transplants in Children Following Donor Cardiac Death

US doctors have reported the first experiences of heart transplant in three infants after cardiocirculatory death, rather than brain death, in the donors [1]. Lead author Dr Mark M Boucek (Joe DiMaggio Children's Hospital, Hollywood, FL) told heartwire this was, to his knowledge, the first published account of heart transplant in children after donor cardiac […]

SIDS Linked With Loss of Hypoxic Sensitivity in Chromaffin Cells

The association between maternal smoking, or exposure to smoke, and sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) appears to be the result of nicotine exposure, which impairs chromaffin cells' ability to detect and respond to oxygen deprivation, the results of an animal study suggest.

Head Covering May Increase SIDS Risk

Babies who die from sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) are often found with their heads covered by bedding, and now new research suggests that this covering usually precedes death and may, in fact, be causally related.