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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 cmdrklarg on Thursday May 12, @02:51PM (1 child)

    by cmdrklarg (5048) Subscriber Badge on Thursday May 12, @02:51PM (#1244408)

    Oh absolutely... he is a very even tempered, intelligent, empathetic person and was never much trouble while growing up. Not perfect (who is?) but I like to think had a hand in raising him right.

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  • (Score: 2) by JoeMerchant on Thursday May 12, @04:53PM

    by JoeMerchant (3937) on Thursday May 12, @04:53PM (#1244457)

    Oh, as I said: parents are more than capable of screwing their kids up - so definite kudos for not doing that! And giving all the opportunities for growth and learning and self-sufficiency and all that, not doing all those things is one of a million ways you can screw your kids up. I've just known too many great parents who are doing everything right and still end up with basket case kids (including my younger brother...)

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