Researchers say they’ve found the reason why infants die from SIDS

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Now that her team has pinpointed a cause, she said other families “can now live with the knowledge that this was not their fault.” Photo: Pexels


(Michelle Butterfield/ Global News) — A new and groundbreaking study has pinpointed what researchers believe is the reason infants and babies die from sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS).

Researchers from The Children’s Hospital in Westmead in Sydney, Australia, have found that a lowered level of a certain enzyme, called butyrylcholinesterase (BChE), can explain the malfunction that causes some babies not to startle or wake if they stop breathing in their sleep.

The study is published in the latest volume of The Lancet’s eBioMedicine, the upcoming June 2022 issue. (…)

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