News of Interest for Late-in-Life Moms October 22, 2008
News to know:
1.6 million cribs recalled after 2 infant deaths
Delta Enterprises recalled nearly 1.6 million cribs after 2 infants suffocated when they got stuck in a gap created when the movable side came off of its guide track.
In response to the recall, the Consumer Product Safety Commission urged parents to inspect older drop-side cribs for safety problems.
The accidents involved safety pegs meant to prevent the drop side from lowering too far and slipping off the track. If these pegs are not installed, or fail to engage, the drop-side can detach and create a dangerous gap where babies can get stuck.
No-scalpel vasectomy reversal on horizon
Men who want to have a vasectomy reversed may soon be able to opt for a "mini-incision, no-scalpel" operation, according to surgeons at Mount Sinai Hospital at the University of Toronto. They have used the procedure with success in 10 cases.
The smaller incision results in fewer complications than the more invasive approach requiring a larger incision.
Studies: Lack of sunlight, cell phones damage male fertility
Two separate studies warned men about possible ways they are damaging their fertility: not getting enough sunlight or talking too much on their cell phone.
Australian researchers looked at 800 men with fertility problems and found that almost a third of the men had lower than normal levels of vitamin D. Because sunlight is the major source of vitamin D, researchers believe that a lack of sunlight may damage sperm.
In a separate study, researchers at the University of Newcastle found that excess cell phone use may eliminate sperm. Their findings back up previous research completed by U.S. researchers.
Here's a great blog post by Dr. Walt Larimore: Tips on giving over-the-counter (OTC) cold medications to children over 4 years old.