|The results showed nicotine, the main neurotoxin found in cigarette smoke, increased the risk of SIDS. |
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Author: Jane Hansen * From: The Sunday Telegraph
ELIMINATING smoking at home reduces the risk of SIDS by 80 per cent.
Research from the University of Sydney has proven a link between noxious fumes and sudden infant death syndrome, which claims the life of one baby a week in NSW.
It found nicotine, the main neurotoxin found in cigarette smoke, increased the risk of SIDS by damaging brainstem cells receptive to the drug.
The results, published in the journal of Toxicology and Applied Pharmacology, followed up on the research team's previous 2007 study of babies who died of SIDS that proved any smoke exposure contributed to brain cell death.
Of the 67 babies who died of SIDS in the research group, 81 per cent were exposed to cigarette smoke. . . .
ON May 15, SIDS and Kids will celebrate 25 years of Red Nose Day and raising awareness to save the lives of babies with a Silver Jubilee Ball to be held at Doltone House, Darling Harbour.
The Sunday Telegraph's Jane Hansen will host the event and our popular columnist Mia Freedman will be guest speaker.
Both have first-hand experience of the tragic loss of a baby.
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