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SUDC Insights is the official blog of the SUDC Foundation which shares and discusses issues important to the understanding and the ultimate prevention of SUDC. If you have questions or issues you would like to see addressed in SUDC Insights, please let us know at sudcinsights@sudc.org.

Laura Crandall
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Understanding "Cause" and "Manner" of Death

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Among other functions, the medical examiner or coroner is responsible for investigating sudden and unexpected deaths and completing a medicolegal death investigation. Part of that investigation will include completing a death certificate which includes information about the person who died as well as the investigation’s determined “cause” and "manner” of death for that individual. 

Honoring our Dads: Insight into the Grief of Fathers after SUDC

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Grief is a natural process of emotions that occurs when someone dies. Grief integrates into normal routines at variable time frames for each person. It can be an intense, lonely, and personal experience. No two people, regardless of gender, will experience the death of a child the same way. A sudden, unexpected death of a child goes against the natural order of life and the death is incomprehensible.

And while significant research has pursued a better understanding of a Mother’s grief, far less has been achieved to better comprehend the grief of Fathers.  In fact, three times the number of published references in the US National Library of Medicine focus on maternal grief compared to the grief of Fathers. So as Father’s Day approaches, and we pause to celebrate our Dads, let’s shine a light on those that are grieving and how we can best support them.

Being a Critical Consumer of Medical Research: Understanding Association Versus Causation

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You hear the rooster crow and then you see the sun rise. The next day, you hear the rooster crow again and the sun rises again. Days go by and this happens again and again. A young child may assume that the rooster is causing the sun to rise. As adults, and savvy students of science, we know better. The rooster crowing did not cause the sun to rise. The rooster crowing is associated with the sun rising. This is an old and often cited story to illustrate the difference between association and causation. And it’s a crucial topic to revisit when reviewing new research.

Blogs: Providing Hope, Inspiration & Awareness for SUDC

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Throughout SUDC Awareness Month 2019, we have seen many ways that committed individuals educate and make visible the public health issues of SUDC. The launch of our Foundation blog, SUDC Insights, this month, in fact, has been inspired by the eloquent words of those touched by SUDC who have used blogging as a window into their grief, hope and survival. Sharing their experiences with such eloquence, vulnerability and honesty educates the reader in profound ways.

Understanding the Incidence of Sudden Unexplained Death In Child (SUDC)

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Understanding the incidence (aka frequency) is dependent on accurate surveillance. However, due to the variations in death investigation practices across the United States and in other countries, we are limited in our ability to understand the true magnitude of SUDC. At this time, we have accurate surveillance of deaths finalized without explanation, but we can not estimate the number of deaths that are finalized with a specific cause of death that may be highly speculative or inaccurate. 

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