Peaceful baby lying on a bed while sleeping

Researchers Identify Low Level Of Brain Protein As Cause Of High Infant Death

New study indicates that lack of brain protein called orexin is the cause of high infant deaths around the globe.

 

Peaceful baby lying on a bed while sleeping

Researchers at Sydney’s Westmead Children’s Hospital have found that babies who die from sudden infant death syndrome, sometimes known as cot death, have low levels of orexin, a brain protein that regulates sleep arousal.

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Scientists found that low levels of the same protein were found in the brains of adults with obstructive sleep ‘apnoea’, a condition that causes pauses in breathing while asleep.

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The break through means that children can be screened at birth to determine the risk of sudden infant death.

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