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Illuminated Pajamas Treat Babies with Jaundice

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AUTUM C. PYLANT, NEWS EDITOR, [email protected]

Infant jaundice is common, as babies’ metabolisms are not very resilient during the first few days after birth. With jaundice, bilirubin accumulates in large amounts, causing visible yellow tinting of the skin. Irradiation with blue light intensities of 30 µW/cm2 in an incubator transforms the toxic bilirubin into a soluble form that can easily be removed by the infant’s immature liver. Researchers at the Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology (Empa) in Dübendorf, Switzerland, have improved the currently not-so-child-friendly procedure...Read full article

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