By Frank Langfitt and Frank Langfitt,Staff Writer | October 14, 1992
Each year, thousands of new parents in America wake up to the same nightmare.They arise one morning to a silent home. Their newborn child seems to have slept quietly through the night. They then walk to a crib, lean over and see that their baby is dead.And no one can explain why.For almost two years, a national organization in Columbia has been working to help understand and prevent these mysterious deaths, and to comfort the families they affect. The Sudden Infant Death Syndrome Alliance raises money to study the disease and helps coordinate a network of 53 family-support and public-education groups nationwide.
By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | February 12, 2014
By now you probably know that comedian Sid Caesar died today at the age of 91. But judging by the paper-thin pieces I have been seeing on the web this afternoon, I am guessing many readers might not understand how seminal he was to the history of television and sketch comedy. Caesar deserves some cultural context and honor for the fearless and pioneering figure he was. Live television burned him up within a decade, leaving behind a guy addicted to amphetamines, downers and alcohol.
An abnormal gene carried by one in nine African-Americans confers a 24-fold increase in sudden infant death syndrome in infants who receive a copy from both parents, according to a report from Chicago researchers. Blacks have a higher incidence of SIDS than other ethnic groups and the mutant gene, which also causes an increased risk of heart arrhythmias in adults, may play a role in that risk, according to the report in the Journal of Clinical Investigation. Significantly, the effects of the gene can be mitigated in adults with drugs, and it may be possible to block its effects in at-risk children as well, the researchers said.
By Jean Marbella, The Baltimore Sun | December 13, 2013
Despite several years of declines and a public health campaign, the number of babies in Baltimore who die while sleeping in a bed with a parent or caregiver remains a persistent concern, the city's health commissioner said. Dr. Oxiris Barbot said she is concerned about the number of "co-sleeping" deaths this year: There have been 11 confirmed cases of sleep-related infant deaths, a category that includes babies who were smothered by someone accidentally rolling over on them as well as incidents of sudden infant death syndrome or other unexplained causes of death.
By Stephanie Desmon and Stephanie Desmon,sun reporter | July 28, 2007
Researchers in Seattle think they may be one leap closer to understanding why some infants die mysteriously in their first year of life. They reported that all babies in a small study group who died of sudden infant death syndrome - the exact cause of which still eludes doctors - shared the same abnormality in their right inner ear in a hearing test administered at birth. This knowledge might someday enable doctors to identify newborns at risk for so-called crib death through a routine exam, the authors wrote in this month's issue of the journal Early Human Development.
By Michael James and Michael James,Staff Writer | March 2, 1993
Sudden infant death syndrome appears to have killed the 6-month-old identical twins who stopped breathing in their Northeast Baltimore home Feb. 21, the chief state medical examiner said yesterday.Dr. John E. Smialek said that while all autopsy results aren't yet in, "many of the features of the boys' deaths seem consistent" with SIDS. No foul play is suspected, Dr. Smialek said.Brandon and Todd Blair apparently died from a medical rarity -- and suspicions aroused early in the case by misread X-rays were groundless, according to a person close to the investigation.
By Candus Thomson and Candus Thomson,SUN STAFF | July 19, 1999
ROCKVILLE -- Garrett Eldred Wilson had a reputation of hurting only himself in a bungled life of crime: a bank robbery that ended with a self-inflicted gunshot wound and a congressional embezzlement scheme in which he faked a pistol-whipping.But prosecutors in Montgomery and Prince George's counties believe greed pushed him beyond physical pain to do the unthinkable -- smother his two infant children for insurance payoffs worth $190,000.Wilson goes on trial todayin Montgomery County, charged with first-degree murder in the 1987 death of 5-month-old Garrett Michael Wilson.
By Jonathan Bor and Jonathan Bor,SUN STAFF | August 7, 2000
Scientists trying to unravel the mystery of sudden infant death syndrome have found that a disproportionately large number of the deaths occur in day care. A study, which surveyed SIDS cases in 11 states, found that one-fifth of the cases occurred in child care centers - twice the percentage that would be expected if all things were equal inside and outside the home. Most of the infants who died in day care were placed to sleep on their stomachs - a practice that has been discouraged since 1994, when medical groups launched a widely publicized "Back to Sleep" campaign.
By Diana K. Sugg and Diana K. Sugg,SUN STAFF | July 5, 1998
The plush, pastel quilts and pillows offer parents a warm, safe place for their babies to sleep, but more and more they are suspected of suffocating hundreds of babies a year across the country -- babies originally thought to have died of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome.The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), concerned physicians and advocacy groups are stepping up efforts to warn the public about the potential dangers of blankets and fluffy materials.But they are battling tradition, a big business and parents who misunderstand or ignore their advice.
By Candus Thomson and Candus Thomson,SUN STAFF | July 27, 1999
ROCKVILLE -- Pinching his nostrils with one hand while clamping the other over his mouth, a medical examiner demonstrated to a Montgomery County jury yesterday how Garrett Michael Wilson might have been smothered in his crib by his father."
By Sarai Brinker | July 24, 2013
Winner of the Editor's Choice Award from Children's Technology Review, this fun application from PBS engages young scientists with beautiful graphics and intriguing games that emphasize math and science skills. A spin-off from the hit series “Sid the Science Kid,” this app encourages your child to experiment, collect and organize data and think like a real scientist. Kids are transported to Sid's school, where there is a science fair going on. At the science fair there are three “exhibits,” interactive games with which players can engage.
By Tricia Bishop
The Baltimore Sun
| July 8, 2013
Nearly half of all infants develop a flat spot on their heads by the two-month check up -- largely from being put to bed face up, per doctors' orders -- according to a Canadian study published online Monday in the journal "Pediatrics. " That's the bad news. The good news is that the spots frequently correct themselves, and they may be worth the risk: Back sleeping has reduced the rate of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome by more than 50 percent since 1994, according to the National Institute of Child and Human Development.
March 6, 2013
Rocky Gonzalez, left, is presented a 25 year Chevron and Letter of Appreciation by Club President David Reed in recognition of 25 years of membership and service with the Churchville Lions Club. The Churchville Lions are supporting many efforts and organizations in the community, including First LEGO League, Leader Dogs, SIDS and SARC.
By Mike Klingaman, The Baltimore Sun | October 9, 2012
Sid Busch will run the Baltimore Marathon with a fallen Marine on his back. It's a weight he is proud to carry. On Saturday, Busch, 66, will pin a photo of Jimmy Malachowski to his shirt, look skyward and murmur something to the leatherneck from Westminster, who was killed in Afghanistan last year. Then, as he has done 40 times before, Busch will race the 26.2 miles through city streets in memory of a serviceman he never met. Some six hours later, when he's done, Busch will hand his finishing medal to Malachowski's parents.
By Mary Carole McCauley, The Baltimore Sun | September 22, 2012
Author Michael Kun may be a bit of an acquired taste. But once readers sample Kun's hilariously off-kilter world view, they're frequently hooked for life. And it doesn't hurt that chief among Kun's passions is the city of Baltimore, where he attended college at the Johns Hopkins University and where he spent eight years practicing law. Though he has since relocated to Los Angeles, Kun returns to his adopted hometown whenever he can - including this weekend, when he will read from his newest book, "Everybody Says Hello.
By Meredith Cohn | September 14, 2012
The National Institutes of Health is expanding its safe infant sleep outreach campaign to include ways to reduce not only sudden infant death syndrome but all causes of infant death. The “Back to Sleep” campaign was launched in 1994 to encourage parents to put babies to sleep on their back to reduce the risk of SIDS, or unexplained death of an infant under a year old. The campaign has been adopted widely, with Maryland and Baltimore City aggressively educating parents.
By Diana K. Sugg and Diana K. Sugg,SUN STAFF Staff writer Chris Guy contributed to this article | July 10, 1998
In a finding with national implications, Maryland's medical examiner ruled yesterday that two baby boys who died in a Stevensville day care provider's home accidentally suffocated.Dr. John E. Smialek said that a quilt had been placed near the infants' heads to protect them from falling out of a double bed. But the babies apparently moved enough to cause the blanket to fall on them and cover their upper bodies.Accidental suffocation is a slow death that occurs over several minutes, one that Americans recognized in babies as long as a century ago but have ignored in recent years.
Babies who die in their sleep of sudden infant death syndrome might have abnormalities in a part of the brain that helps control heart rate, breathing and blood pressure, according to Harvard-affiliated researchers looking for the cause of SIDS. Their research, reported in today's issue of The Journal of the American Medical Association, found defects in babies' brainstems that appear to interfere with the ability to use serotonin, a brain chemical that plays a role in vital functions such as breathing and blood pressure.
September 29, 2011
Of all the deaths that occur among infants, those caused by so-called crib bumpers — the padded, often brightly colored cushions that line the inside of babies' cribs — may be the easiest to prevent. Crib bumpers serve no real purpose other than the cosmetic, while in some case they can cause serious harm, even death. That's why Maryland health secretary Dr. Joshua M. Sharfstein was right to accept an expert panel's recommendation on Tuesday to ban their sale in Maryland. Studies have shown that the pads, which are often marketed as a safety feature, have a negligible effect on reducing injuries caused by infants hitting their heads against the hard surfaces of their crib.
By Gus G. Sentementes, The Baltimore Sun | September 24, 2010
When Sid Meier and a partner launched the video game design firm MicroProse in the early 1980s, the industry was still in its infancy. Today, Meier is widely regarded as the "godfather" of computer gaming. Based in Hunt Valley, MicroProse grew over the years to become a beacon to computer geeks who wanted to be part of the growing market of video games on personal computers. More than two decades later, Meier, 56, is still designing video games — his most famous is Civilization, a virtual empire-building game — for another company he helped found, Firaxis Games, in Hunt Valley.
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