New Research Breakthrough on SIDS
SIDS or Sudden Infant Death Syndrome is the leading cause of post neo-natal infant mortality, and until now the disease has remained more or less, a medical mystery. But a piece published last week in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Science, could be an important step in bringing this mystery, to a much needed close.
Elevated levels of serotonin has been linked to the disease, which may pave the way for a screening program to ascertain which infants are more susceptible to SIDS and identify as, “at risk.” Opening up the possibility of intervening before death materializes, the discovery is said to be a major breakthrough for a research field that has proved very stagnant and unfruitful in recent years.
The Daily talked to Professor Karen Waters, a sleep physician and researcher at University of Sydney to expand on the new research.