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Babies’ brain development may not depend on sleeping through the night- Study

Infants who don’t sleep through the night don’t seem to be at higher risk for cognitive or motor development problems, a Canadian study suggests. Deciding when or whether to train infants to sleep through the night is one of the most fraught issues new parents face, with some previous research suggesting that insufficient sleep may lead to a range of developmental problems for babies. Less is known, however, about whether babies’ development is influenced by how many of their sleeping hours occur in a long uninterrupted…

France investigates spike in babies born with arm defects

PARIS: France's health minister has announced a new investigation into the births of several babies with upper limb defects in various parts of the country in recent years, saying it was "unacceptable" no cause had been found. Health Minister Agnes Buzyn said she and her environment counterpart Francois de Rugy had decided to look more closely at what caused 14 babies to be born with stunted or missing arms since 2007, two weeks after health authorities said they had failed to find an explanation. The cases have been…

Teething medicines unsafe for babies

WASHINGTON :  Federal health officials are warning parents about the dangers of teething remedies that contain a popular numbing ingredient. The Food and Drug Administration is asking manufacturers to stop selling their products intended for babies and toddlers. The agency said Wednesday that various gels containing the drug benzocaine can cause rare but deadly side effects in children, especially those 2 years and younger. Benzocaine is found in popular brands used to treat mouth sores in adults, including…

Babies’ bodies found in bottles in house in Japan: media

TOKYO: Termite exterminators working on a house renovation in the Japanese capital uncovered the bodies of several babies preserved in bottles, some with umbilical cords still attached, Kyodo news agency said on Monday. Three or four such bottles were found beneath the floor of a house abandoned for the past three years, where an obstetrician had once lived and which was being renovated by a recent purchaser, Kyodo added. The bodies appeared to have been preserved in a substance resembling formalin, Kyodo said, adding that…

Pakistan has worst newborn mortality rate: UNICEF report

WASHINGTON: Babies born in the world's poorest countries, most of them in Africa, still face "alarming" risks of death that can be 50 times as high as those in the richest countries. A baby born in Pakistan -- the country with the worst newborn mortality rate -- faced a one in 22 chance of death, according to a UNICEF report released Tuesday. While the last quarter-century has seen broad improvements in older children's health, "we have not made similar progress in ending deaths among children less than one month old,"…

French mother confesses to killing five babies

PARIS: A French mother was charged on Thursday with murdering five of her babies in a case solved by DNA evidence obtained years later after a brawl between neighbours. Fourteen years after the bodies of four of the babies were found in a forest, Sylvie H., aged 53, has admitted to murdering five children, the public prosecutor in the eastern city of Mulhouse told a press conference. The killings are believed to have taken place from 1993-1995 and 2003-2005. The body of a fifth baby was found at the suspect's home.…