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Children’s doctors closing in on likely cause of SIDS

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Sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) which is the leading cause of death for infants between 1 and 12 months old in the United States, has long mystified doctors and researchers.

Now, after more than 20 years of research, researchers at Children’s Hospital Boston are taking the next step and have linked SIDS with low production of serotonin in the brainstem. The findings, published in the Feb. 3 issue of The Journal of the American Medical Association, may give a concrete approach to identifying babies at risk for SIDS.

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