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  • Investigators from Boston Children’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School and their colleagues have identified brain abnormalities associated with cases of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS). Specifically, the researchers found abnormalities affecting the hippocampus in 40 percent of a group of infants who died of SIDS. The team’s work appeared in Acta Neuropathologica today (November 25). “The hope is that research efforts in this area eventually will provide the means to identify vulnerable infants so that we’ll be able to reduce their risk for SIDS,” Marian Willinger of the US National Institutes of Health’s Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development said in a statement.
  • The publisher of GM Crops & Food has taken down a review paper it published online last month because the authors have refused to pay page charges, Retraction Watch reported....

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