Helpful new research in the battle against SIDS –
United States researchers have found a potentially lifesaving clue towards understanding sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS). The syndrome is the leading cause of post-neonatal infant mortality, and is defined as the sudden death of an infant less than one year of age. After decades of study, the underlying cause of death in those infants has remained a mystery. But Dr Robin Haynes, principal pathology associate at Boston Children’s Hospital and Harvard University researcher, said a study she has co-published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences could be an important step in solving the puzzle. “What we’ve found when we looked at SIDS deaths was a subset that had elevated levels of serotonin in the serum,” she said. “So this is the first indication that a problem with serotonin might be contributing to SIDS.