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posted by janrinok on Tuesday May 10, @05:43PM   Printer-friendly

A marker that could help identify babies at a higher risk of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) has been discovered by Sydney researchers.

The study conducted by The Children's Hospital Westmead confirmed what had long been suspected — that SIDS victims were unable to wake themselves up — but it went one step further by providing the why.

The enzyme butyrylcholinesterase (BChE) plays a major role in the "brain's arousal pathway" and was found at "significantly lower" levels in babies who die of SIDS.

[...] "Usually, if a baby is confronted with a life-threatening situation, such as difficulty breathing during sleep because they're on their tummies, they will arouse and cry out.

"What this research shows is that some babies don't have this same robust arousal response.


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  • (Score: 2) by sjames on Wednesday May 11, @01:50AM (2 children)

    by sjames (2882) on Wednesday May 11, @01:50AM (#1243981) Journal

    I wonder if the Munchausen by proxy finding was due to self selection? Commonly, Munchausen by proxy is seen in connection with a desire for attention from medical staff (among other things). Joining a study would be a fairly benign way to accomplish that. Apparently, for some it wasn't enough.

    Some parents of SIDS victims may be negligent, others conscientious but tragically mis-informed (bad advice dies hard).

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  • (Score: 2) by JoeMerchant on Wednesday May 11, @02:34AM (1 child)

    by JoeMerchant (3937) on Wednesday May 11, @02:34AM (#1243987)

    I believe there were on the order of 500 enrollees and two deaths, one clearly attributable to Munchausen syndrome, and the other likely. The electronic monitor was effective, alarmed several times that might otherwise have been a significant event. The deaths were all off monitor. Both the effectiveness of the monitor and the MBPS deaths were politically ticklish topics that the official CHIME study reports avoided.

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    • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday May 11, @10:41PM

      by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday May 11, @10:41PM (#1244191)

      You believe? Both of those statements about enrollees and deaths are wrong. As is your conclusions. At least you can almost admit you are just making shit up to fit your opinion.