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Journalism and SIDS-related News

8/5/99

Dear Friends,

Articles hit the news the past couple of weeks regarding SIDS, increased reported rates, and other misleading and hurtful information - indicating that with proper vigilance and intervention you could save your child from SIDS. There was very little or no information regarding SIDS Risk Reduction efforts. More information follows. We have received many e-mail messages asking for more information. The public has been on an information roller coaster, the result of an explosion of medical reports, each heralding a "breakthrough in SIDS research." We need to help people separate myth from fact and risk factor from cause. We will post information as it becomes available to us.

Please keep the following in mind:

- When it comes to media coverage of SIDS, we often feel a sense of frustration in being confronted with misleading headlines, announcements of so-called breakthroughs and statements taken out of context.

- Please read the article, "Mass Media's" Role in SIDS Education, at <http://sids-network.org/media.htm>.

We are currently gathering more information about this specific issue and will keep you updated.

Thanks!

Chuck Mihalko
Executive Manager
SIDS Network

Links related to:

bullet Sleep-related Issues
bullet Smoking-related Issues
bullet Apnea/Monitoring-related Issues
bullet Vaccination-related issues
bullet General Issues

Information, courtesy of Dave Busiek, KCCI News Director (Iowa, USA) (8/5/99):

Dr. Hein, a specialist from the University of Iowa, and the Iowa Department
of Health called a news conference on July 27th which was attended by all
local media and received wide play, stating concern over an increase in the
number of SIDS deaths so far this year. They stated 14 deaths so far this
year, with 22 reported in Iowa all of last year.

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