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Blood marker identified for babies at risk of SIDS hailed as ‘breakthrough’

A team of Australian researchers have identified a biochemical marker in the blood that could help identify newborn babies at risk for sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS), a breakthrough they said creates an avenue to future tragedy-preventing interventions. In their study, babies who died of SIDS had lower levels of an enzyme called butyrylcholinesterase (BChE) shortly after birth, the researchers said. The findings are game changing and not only offer hope for the future, but answers for the past, study leader Dr. Carmel Harrington of The Children’s Hospital at Westmead in Australia said in a statement.



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