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Incubators may effect babies' heart rates

May 1, 2008 12:00:00 AM PDT
New research suggests that incubators may have an effect on babies' heart rates.Incubators are used to help keep premature and sick babies warm. But early results from an Italian study show that the electromagnetic fields generated by incubators may interfere with newborn's heart rates.

Scientists say when the incubators were turned off, babies experienced beat to beat variations in their heart rate.

What that ultimately means for the babies' health isn't clear, so they want to study it further to see if there are any lasting effects.

 

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