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Scientists Have Discovered A Relation Between Breathing Problems And SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome)

Breathing Problems And SIDS

In a stunning discovery scientist have may found the reason behind sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS). One of the leading causes of infant mortality can now be correlated with breathing issues. A link between SIDS and breathing problems were identified after analyzing the chemical clues in the brains of babies who died from asphyxiation. There was a remarkable similarity between deaths due to lack of oxygen or accidental asphyxiation and Sudden Infant Death Syndrome.

Breathing Problems And SIDS

Scientists believe that this piece of information could save many hundred infants who die due to Sudden Infant Death Syndrome. The study involved a survey conducted on 176 children who died from drowning, head injury, infection, asphyxia and even Sudden Infant Deaths. Researchers looked for the presence of ß-amyloid precursor protein (APP) in the brain, and found similarities between children who died from SIDS and those who had accidental suffocation. In the study 48 participants showed APP staining in their brain. This technique was helpful in establishing the link between deaths due to asphyxia and SIDS.  The pattern, amount and distribution of staining showed remarkable similarities. There was also association found with sleep breathing problems or apnoea. There were similarities in patterns among deceased children with sleep breathing disorders and SIDS. This would enable physicians to treat a child better, who may suffer from inherited sleep apnoea.

There is also a parallel work on similar lines conducted at Harvard University. To this new development, Dr.Roger Byard, who is the project leader  has commented that, “This work also fits in very well with collaborative research that is currently being undertaken between the University of Adelaide and Harvard University, on chemical changes in parts of the brain that control breathing.” The results of this study are to be published in Neuropathology and Applied Neurobiology.

This study looks promising to answer the questions related to asphyxia based deaths among SIDS. With this link established researchers hope to save many children in the future.


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