AS WEDNESDAY. OCTOBER 30, 1996 HEALTH THE SAUNA JOURNAL SIDS Babies should sleep on backs GAR HEW THIS WEEK! Latest recommendation to avoid SIDS objects to babies lying on sides By The Associated Press BOSTON — In a change in policy, the nation's largest group of pediatricians recommended Tuesday that babies be put to bed on their backs to reduce the risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome. The 53,000-member American Academy of Pediatrics previously recommended that babies sleep face-up or on their side. But infants who sleep on their side can T ALZHEIMER'S DISEASE Protein elevated in disease Higher level of protein could lead to blood test to detect Alzheimer's By The Associated Press NEW YORK — People with Alzheimer's appear to have unusually high levels of a certain protein in their blood, and a simple blood test might be able to diagnose the disease before its symptoms appear, a preliminary study suggests. That could give patients and families more time to plan for the future and might open the door to more effective treatment, said researcher Wilfred Jefferies. In addition, tracking levels of the protein might quickly show how well medications are working, which could speed up development of new drugs and help doctors tailor therapy to patients, he said. But Jefferies emphasized that much more work is necessary to see if such a blood test would be useful. Further studies in hundreds of people are needed to see if levels of the protein, called p97, are elevated before Alzheimer's becomes apparent, as well as whether high levels also appear in other neurological diseases or are unique to Alzheimer's, he said. In addition, it's not clear what the protein normally does in the body, why it would be elevated in Alzheimer's or what role it may play in the disease. The work was reported in the November issue of the journal Nature Medicine by Jefferies, an associate professor in the Biotechnology Laboratory at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada; Malcolm Kennard and Dr. Howard Feldman of the university; and Dr. Tatsuo Yamada of Chiba University in Japan. roll over onto their stomach, thereby increasing the risk of SIDS. Babies who sleep face-up are less likely to suffer SIDS than those who sleep on their sides. And both positions are far safer . than sleeping face-down. In 1994, doctors and health officials began warning parents against letting children sleep on their stomach. The campaign has been credited with saving 1,500 babies a year. Before the campaign started, there were 5,000 to 6,000 American SIDS deaths annually among babies ages 1 month to a year. "There are now 4,000 kids laugh- OPEN HOUSE Tit 7H6 HOM6MAK6RS 7D6A 00. 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