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Sudden Infant Death Syndrome Network's
Electronic Newsletter

Reaching Out
Issue 200612
December 1, 2006

Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) Network Electronic Newsletter 200612
December 1, 2006

"May The Peace Of The Season Settle Gently On Your Home"

SIDS Network Web Site Sponsorship

For the month of December 2006 the SIDS Information Web Site is sponsored by Patricia A. McJoynt-Griffith and Robert J. Griffith in loving memory of Kevin James Griffith.

There are some months available for sponsorship in 2007. Information about sponsorship of the web site can be found at: 


1. Facing Holidays and Special Occasions
2. SIDS and serotonin-using brain cells
3. More than 185 FAQ and SIDS Research Information Articles
4. Support the SIDS Network when you purchase flowers and gift baskets

5. Parents and siblings share information and answer FAQs about SIDS
6. Holiday Donations to help the SIDS Network
7. Donate your used car, truck, boat, camper or RV to the SIDS Network

1. Facing Holidays and Special Occasions

You can read, download, and share a variety of articles related to Facing Holidays and Special Occasions. Those articles are:
- "Surviving the Holidays After SIDS"
- "Facing Anniversaries, Holidays, and Special Events"
- "Holidays, A Difficult Challenge"
- Grief Information
- Frequently Asked Questions - Parent to Parent, "What suggestions do you have for facing holidays and anniversaries? 

Please feel free to share any suggestions by sending the SIDS Network an e-mail message with "Facing Holidays and Anniversaries" as the topic to:

2. SIDS and serotonin-using brain cells

A number of articles hit the news today regarding SIDS and Multiple Serotonergic Brainstem Abnormalities. The news refers to a study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, November 1, 2006, entitled, "Multiple Serotonergic Brainstem Abnormalities in Sudden Infant Death Syndrome," conducted by David S. Paterson, PhD; Felicia L. Trachtenberg, PhD; Eric G. Thompson, MS; Richard A. Belliveau, BA; Alan H. Beggs, PhD; Ryan Darnall, BA; Amy E. Chadwick, BA; Henry F. Krous, MD; Hannah C. Kinney, MD . The public has been on an information roller coaster, the result of an explosion of media reports. 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:

- This is the latest in a body of research begun in the mid 1980's.

- The study's authors do not claim to have determined the cause of SIDS.

- To conduct the current study, researchers examined tissue from the brainstems of 31 infants who died of SIDS and 10 infants who died of other causes. The tissue was provided by the office of the chief medical examiner in San Diego, California, and was collected from infants who died between 1997 and 2005.

- The study's authors state that the results indicate that the pattern of abnormalities-more serotonin neurons, an apparent reduction of serotonin 1A receptors, and insufficient serotonin transporter-suggested that the level of serotonin in the brainstems of the SIDS infants was abnormal. They were also able to count serotonin-using cells, and estimate their prevalence in the brainstem, something that had not been possible previously. In future studies, the researchers plan to examine the role of other serotonin receptor subtypes in both lab animals and in SIDS cases. Moreover, they are also planning to test selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) in pregnant lab animals, to see if the drugs have an effect on the fetal animals' developing brainstems in regions that are affected in SIDS infants.

- 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 <>.

- You can search MEDLINE for serotonin, SIDS, and 5-HT information.

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

3. More than 185 FAQ and SIDS Research Information Articles

The SIDS Network offers over 185 articles covering Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) and SIDS research information. These articles can be found at: 

Updated research articles related to:
Pacifiers and SIDS (12/10/2005)
Do Immunizations Cause SIDS? (3/30/04)
Cyst on Throat (3/30/04)

SIDS, age, and risks (5/10/03)
Is cord blood useful for SIDS research? (1/29/03)
SIDS and the serotonin transporter gene (1/29/03)
Cry Analysis And SIDS (1/24/03)
Laryngomalacia ("Floppy Voice box") is not a cause of SIDS (1/20/03)
Helicobacter Pylori, and SIDS (1/19/03)
Forest Fire Smoke and SIDS (9/25/03)
Prone position and prematurity; aspiration (10/11/03)
Is it safe to let babies sleep in swings and/or bouncy chairs? (1/27/03)
My Baby Will Not Sleep On It's Back (1/27/03)

Many of these articles come from some of the leading SIDS researchers, and include their e-mail address. Please feel free to browse the article titles or use the SIDS Network's web site search engine at: 


4. Support the SIDS Network when you purchase flowers and gift baskets


Your generosity has come in the form of donations, volunteering, fundraising efforts, and special event participation -- for that we can never thank you enough. When it comes time to show your gratitude to loved ones this holiday season, though, we hope you can keep the SIDS Network mind.

As part of a new fundraising initiative, when you purchase flowers and gift baskets online from our Flower website, 12% of the proceeds are sent to the SIDS Network. In fact, you can visit any time of the year to send flowers and gifts for birthdays, graduations, anniversaries and holidays -- with every purchase you make, you will be supporting our efforts. Thank you for your continued support.

5. Parents and siblings share information and answer FAQs about SIDS

The parents and siblings frequently asked questions (FAQ) about SIDS on the SIDS Information Web Site can be seen at and Responses can be e-mailed to us at sidsnet1-at-sids-network-dot-org. We will then post the responses to this area of the web site. The responses are opinions and no one person is right or wrong. We do not need to include an individual's name or any other identifying factors unless the author requests to be identified in some way or they want their email address attached.

6. Holiday Donation to the SIDS Network

Your donation can help the SIDS Network’s award winning Internet services ... throughout your area, across the United States, and around the world!

Each dollar counts. Any donation, no matter how small, makes a difference.

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A secure credit card donation can be made at:

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Additional opportunities to help can be found at:  and 

7. Join the Hundreds who have already donated their used car, truck, boat, camper or RV to help the SIDS Network

The SIDS Network, Inc. has arranged with the nation's largest car donation charity (processed more than 325,000 car donations for hundreds of charities across America since 1992) to manage its vehicle donation program. You can now donate your used car, truck, boat, camper or RV and receive a tax deduction for its fair market value -- and we'll even arrange to pick it up!

You can donate your vehicle even if it is not in running condition. We will make all the arrangements to pick up your vehicle donation at no cost to you. We can arrange to pick up most vehicle donations anywhere in the continental United States and Hawaii and supply you with the necessary paperwork so you can claim your tax deductible charitable vehicle donation.

Please complete the online donation form and help the SIDS Network, Inc. today! 

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