Posted: 16 November, 2016 by @amydrewsnews

Major Breakthrough In SIDS Research

Aussie babies could soon be screened for their risk at birth

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Aussie scientists have made a major breakthrough into understanding Sudden Infant Death Syndrome.

Researchers from The Children's Hospital in Sydney have uncovered what could be causing the disease, finding babies that have died from the condition had a decreased level of the brain protein orexin.

The breakthrough means bubs could soon be screened at birth for their risk of dying from SIDS.

The research group will now work to pinpoint what level of orexin is ideal for a baby's brain, in hopes of preventing deaths.

More than 10,000 babies die from SIDS worldwide every year, 90 per cent of cases happen before six months of age.

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