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This week: Safe sleep for babies and pandemic ethical issues

Putting babies to sleep in safe sleep environments is an important way to reduce the risk of death during infancy. Two pediatricians from Onondaga County's Child Fatality Review Team discuss how to prevent the leading cause of death among infants in Onondaga County in this "HealthLink on Air" interview. Drs. Alicia Pekarsky and Erin Hanley explain why a baby should be put to sleep on his or her back in a crib without blankets or stuffed animals. They tell how to make sure the baby is warm enough, why twins shouldn't sleep together, and what to do if a baby falls asleep on a parent's chest while the parent is in a recliner. And, they share some safe ways for parents to bond.

Also on this show, a philosopher and bioethicist discuss ethical questions raised by the pandemic. L. Syd M. Johnson, an associate professor in Upstate's department of bioethics and humanities, answers whether people in a free society can be required to get vaccinated and how medical equipment such as ventilators may be rationed during a crisis.

And neuroscience professor Stephen Faraone explains what parents can do if they think their child has attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder.

Listen this Sunday, October 3 at 6 a.m. for more.

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