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Dummies for babies (UPDATED)

A new way to avoid SIDS: get a dummy.
 
 
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I've been a little crazed this week writing deadlines. I plan to load up a bunch of short and sweet entries so I can head out and enjoy the rest of the day.

First, a medical report that sounds fascinating but makes absolutely no sense to me as a non-parent: "Parents can reduce a baby's chances of cot death by simply using a dummy at night time, a new report claims today. The study published online in the British Medical Journal concluded that using a dummy during sleep was linked to a 90% reduced risk of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) compared to babies who did not use a dummy." [ Belfast Telegraph]

Dummies for babies? Maybe someone will care to clarify.

P.S. I try and respond to the bulk of my email. My apologies for being a little tardy these days.

UPDATE: Dummies are pacifiers, or what is, in India, often more literally are called "nipples." I got a big giggle out of that one, and yes, I'm actually nine-years old.

Lakshmi Chaudhry is a senior editor at In These Times , and the former senior editor of AlterNet. You can write to her at lakshmi@alternet.org.