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A Groundbreaking New Study May Have Pinpointed A Cause Of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS), Which Impacts Thousands Of Families Across The U.S. Each Year

The NYU researchers pointed out that they lacked data to confirm whether fevers were the cause of the deaths they examined, but they did observe that several of the children showed symptoms of mild infections.

Now, Dr. Gould is hopeful that this new research could help save children’s lives.

“If we can figure out the children at risk, maybe we can change their outcome,” she said.

Still, the team emphasized the need for more research to fully comprehend how seizures can result in death.

The study’s findings also followed an announcement from another research team that identified low levels of butyrylcholinesterase (BChE)– a blood enzyme– as a possible factor in SIDS. This enzyme is crucial in the process of waking up.

According to Dr. Carmel Harrington, this team’s lead researcher, “Families can now live with the knowledge that this was not their fault.”

To read the NYU researchers’ complete findings, which have since been published in Neurology, visit the link here.

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