SIDS Linked to Low Levels of Serotonin – 4
Narrator: This is NIH Health Matters. Researchers have analyzed brain tissue from 35 infants who died from sudden infant death syndrome or SIDS and five infants who were hospitalized and died for reasons associated with lack of oxygen. Dr. Marian Willinger at the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development says the study shows SIDS is linked to low serotonin levels.
Dr. Willinger: We may have specific information on deficits in the baby but we need to do a lot more work. We need to understand how low serotonin levels in the brain actually translate to initiating a process that leads to death in these babies.
Narrator: For more on this study and SIDS, visit www.nichd.nih.gov. Health Matters is produced by the National Institutes of Health, part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
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