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Study Reviews What Causes Chronic Itching and Scratching

Relentless itch is a feature of many skin disorders, such as eczema and psoriasis, but the cause of this itch—and what drives us to scratch—is somewhat mysterious. A review appearing November 21 in the journal Trends in Immunology from the Center for the Study of Itch at Washington University School of Medicine presents what we know about the biology of the itch-scratch cycle

Preventing Infant Deaths: The ABCs of Safe Baby Sleep

Just last week, I read an X-ray study of an infant who died while sleeping with a parent. I am a pediatric radiologist, and in cases where the infant has died unexpectedly, we often obtain X-ray images to make sure that the child does not have skeletal fractures or other signs of injury that might suggest that he or she was the victim of child abuse Most of the time we find no such evidence