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Noggin Soon to Be 24-Hr, Commercial Free Network for Preschoolers

Nickelodeon’s Noggin, the network for preschoolers, will make a move to 24 hours a day, seven days a week at the end of the year. Noggin will kick off its new expanded format with a primetime movie marathon between 6 PM -11 PM on December 31, 2007 starting with a new 90-minute Franklin movie, “Franklin and the Turtle Lake Treasure” and ending with Go, Diego, Go! “Great Jaguar Rescue.” On the Net: www.noggin.com.

Heart-Defect Babies and Hospitals
A new study released by researchers at the University of Michigan have found that babies with heart defects are more apt to survive and thrive after heart surgery if their surgeries are performed in hospitals that perform a high number of infant heart surgeries each year.

“For the more routine congenital heart surgery, outcomes are excellent everywhere,” says Jennifer Hirsch, M.D., a U-M pediatric cardiac surgeon and member of the Michigan Congenital Heart Center. “But when it comes to a child with a complex defect, it’s important to send him or her to a center of excellence. And the parents of these children are often so overwhelmed by their sudden situation, it will be important to develop the systems and support that will help them get to the right place.

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