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Brainstem abnormalities and SIDS. - [autonomic dysfunction]. Read More

Multiple Serotonergic Brainstem Abnormalities in Sudden Infant Death Syndrome
David S. Paterson, PhD; Felicia L. Trachtenberg, PhD; Eric G. Thompson, MS; Richard A. Belliveau, BA; Alan H. Beggs, PhD; Ryan Darnall, BA;Amy E. Chadwick, BA; Henry F. Krous, MD; Hannah C. Kinney, MD - JAMA. 2006;296:2124-2132
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Neuronal cell death in the Sudden Infant Death Syndrome brainstem and associations with risk factors - Enrica Audero, Elisabetta Coppi, Boris Mlinar, Tiziana Rossetti, Antonio Caprioli, Mumna Al Banchaabouchi, Renato Corradetti, Cornelius Gross1 - SScience 4 July 2008: Vol. 321. no. 5885, pp. 130 - 133 DOI: 10.1126/science.1157871
Findings excessive serotonin autoinhibition is a risk factor for catastrophic autonomic dysregulation and provide a mechanism for a role of alteredserotonin homeostasis in sudden infant death syndrome.
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Size for gestational age at birth: impact on risk for sudden infant death and other causes of death. - USA 2002 Read More

Infant Mortality and SIDS
Laurie Cawthon, MD, PHD Department of Social and Health Services. April 2006
Infant mortality (deaths of liveborn infacts during the first year of life) is often used as a standard measure of a population’s health.
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Bedroom Fan Cuts SIDS Risk by 72%
Serena Gordon
HealthDay News Posted Monday October 6, 2008
Increasing ventilation in baby's bedroom produced surprisingly good results, study reports. Risk reduction is higher for rooms which are not kept at 70º F or under. Rebreathing implicated.
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Mom's Smoking During Pregnancy Ups Preemie's SIDS Risk
Healthday Posted August 29, 2008
Fetal exposure to cigarette smoke appears to lower breathing recovery, study finds.
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Marker of autonomic dysfunction predicts sudden-death risk in heart failure
Steve Stiles Heartwire Posted August 7, 2008: Washington, DC
Abnormal heart-rate turbulence (HRT) as measured on Holter monitoring predicts mortality, including sudden-death mortality, in patients with heart failure, independently of ventricular systolic function, according to a large, prospective cohort-based study.
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SIDS Linked to Brain Chemical Dysfunction
Serena Gordon
HealthDay News Thursday, July 3, 2008; 12:00 AM
A malfunction in the regulation of the brain chemical serotonin may be at the root of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS), new research suggests.
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Undiagnosed Obstructive Sleep Apnea Patients Have Altered Cardiovascular Responses During Exercise Recovery Medical News Today Posted January 1, 2008:
People with untreated obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) have altered cardiovascular responses during recovery from maximal exercise. These results suggest an imbalance in the autonomic control of heart rate during recovery, and may be an early clinical sign of the progression of OSA.
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”Rebreathing is only one of the high-risk factors in SIDS, SIDS-at-risk, and autonomic dysfunction. Poor sleep contributes to excessive tiredness and actually overtaxes the ANS. Reflux, or GERD, creates higher risk factors, including obstructive apnea, throat irritation, etc. Particulate matter, especially tobacco smoke, is another high risk factor.”