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New Study Proposes Biological Reasons May Cause Sudden Infant Death Syndrome

by Jordan Arizmendi

Few events are more horrific than sudden infant death syndrome (“SIDS”). A boisterous and healthy baby, before their first birthday, goes to sleep in their crib and is found dead the next day. To compound the tragedy, parents and caretakers are sometimes criminally charged for the death.

A new study, published in the Journal of Neuropathology & Experimental Neurology, examined dried blood samples from babies who died from SIDS. The study revealed decreased levels of blood enzyme butryrylcholinesterase activity in the ones who died from SIDS versus the infants who died as a result of something else versus infants who did not die at all.

Before this study, SIDS was a perplexing mystery, resulting in countless wrongful convictions. While the study seems to have discovered a possible medical reason, more research is still required.  

Sources: forensicmag.com; nationwidechildrens.org

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