They identify a biochemical marker that could help prevent sudden death in infants


According to a study, newborn babies who die of this cause have low levels of enzymes that activate the brain

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a team of Australian researcher Identified a biochemical marker in the blood that could help detect newborns at risk for Down syndrome. Murte sbita SIDS, a development he noted, paves a way for future disaster prevention interventions.

In their study, babies who died of SIDS had a . had a low level of difficult called butyrylcholinesterase (BChE) shortly after birth, the researchers said. BCHE plays an important role in brain activationAnd low levels will impair a sleeping child’s ability to wake up or respond to their surroundings.

conclusions change game rules and offer hope not only for the future, but also answers for the past, leaders of StudyDr. Carmel Harrington of Westmead Children’s Hospital in Australia.

“an apparently healthy child falls asleep and doesn’t wake up It’s every parent’s nightmare and until now there was no way to know which child would die,” Harrington said. “But that’s not the case now. We have found the first marker indicating vulnerability before death”.

Using drops of dried blood taken at birth as part of a cancer detection program newborn babiesHarrington’s team compared BChE levels in 26 infants who later died of SIDS, 41 who died of other causes, and 655 left.


the fact that the level difficult Infants who died of SIDS were very few, indicating that they were naturally vulnerable to the disease. nervous system Autonomic, which controls the unconscious and involuntary functions of the body, the researchers said.

The Children’s Hospital Network in Sydney, Australia called the finding “a.” where is pioneering success in the world”.

fact of don’t wake up When appropriate “has long been considered a major component of an infant’s vulnerability” to SIDS, said the research team from The Lancet’s eBio Medicine.

SIDS is the unexplained death of an apparently healthy child. while he sleeps. According to the statement, Harrington lost his only son to SIDS 29 years ago and devoted his career to researching the condition.

“It is necessary to make more Research Urgent” to determine whether routine BChE measurements could potentially help prevent future SIDS deaths, the researchers said.

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