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In Brief: News alert on baby bedding

MANY parents put soft bedding such as pillows and blankets where babies sleep, despite warnings that this increases the risk of infant death, a study shows.

That's because many are under the impression that a soft sleeping environment means the baby will be more comfortable or protected from injuries, said Rachel Moon, from Children's

National Medical Center in Washington DC and one of the study's authors.

According to findings published in Pediatrics, more than half of the mothers reported using soft bedding for their baby.

But pillows and blankets, pose a suffocation risk, Ms Moon said.

Double profit for Qantas

QANTAS Airways said it more than doubled annual net profit to AUS$250m (¤182m) but warned that the general operating environment is challenging and extremely volatile.

The Australian flagship carrier's result announced today compares with AUS$112m (¤77m) in the previous year.

Mum threw baby off roof

A MOTHER accused of nearly killing her 7-month-old son by throwing him from the fourth floor of a hospital was treated for depression after the child's birth, her husband said.

Sonia Hermosillo (31) was arrested on Monday night, after the baby was thrown over a car park at Children's Hospital of Orange County.

Her husband, Noe Medina, told the Orange County Register that his wife had been hospitalised for depression in June after their son, Noe Jr, was diagnosed with congenital muscular torticollis -- a twisting of the neck -- and plagiocephaly, also known as flat-head syndrome. The infant remains in critical condition.

Irene gales hit the Bahamas

PUNISHING winds from Hurricane Irene have hit the Turks and Caicos and the islands of the south eastern Bahamas.

Islanders pulled boats ashore and packed supermarkets on the Turks and Caicos Islands ahead of the Category 1 storm.

Officials said power had been knocked out on the capital and lamp posts were being toppled.