Pediatricians Adopt New Name for Shaken Baby Abuse

CHICAGO (AP) _ The American Academy of Pediatrics wants a name change for what's become known as "shaken baby syndrome.'' Opting for a more scientific description, the nation's largest pediatricians' group is recommending "abusive head trauma.''

The academy calls it a more comprehensive diagnosis for brain, skull and spinal injuries associated with shaking and other head injuries inflicted on infants. The academy says the new diagnostic term should be used in medical records and that it may provide more clarity in the courtroom.