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The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) released a report this month on Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS), in which it stated that allowing infants to sleep in the same room as parents for the first year can help reduce infant deaths.

This comes among other SIDS prevention recommendations for parents, including: placing the infant on a firm surface and on their back for sleep, breastfeeding the infant, and offering a pacifier during naptime and bedtime. The report went on to add that infants should not be placed in the same bed as parents.

USA Today, Reuters, and TIME all offered their own coverage of the report.

Although diabetes was thought to have been a problem mainly in wealthier countries, the Washington Post reports that the condition now disproportionately affects poor countries. According to the World Health Organization, diabetes cases have doubled worldwide between 1980 and 2014. This means that one in 12 people around the world is diabetic. This increase in diabetes has been attributed to a number of factors such as excess weight gain, obesity and an aging population.

Not only does diabetes significantly shorten lifespans, it is a huge economic burden. Current health spending to treat diabetes and related conditions is over $800 billion every year. The World Health Organization is calling on all governments to draft legislation that will promote healthier lifestyle decisions and limit the consumption of foods that are high in fat and sugar.

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