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Epidemiology of SIDS: then and now

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Since the “Back to Sleep” campaign in the UK fifteen years ago, in which parents were advised to put their babies down to sleep on their backs, the number of deaths from sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) in England and Wales has fallen by 75%. A consequence of this seems to have been that socioeconomic deprivation, which has always been a factor increasing the risk of SIDS, has become even more prominent. A study in the county of Avon (

) has illustrated this change and pointed also to the …

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