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Nicotine’s role in SIDS

New study in rats explains how smoke exposure may increase risk of sudden infant death syndrome

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5:02pm, June 2, 2009

Exposure to cigarette smoke in the womb may dampen a baby’s fight-or-flight responses, leaving the newborn vulnerable to sudden infant death syndrome, a study in rats suggests. It has been known that babies exposed to the smoke have a higher risk of the syndrome, in which seemingly healthy infants inexplicably die. The new study, appearing June 3 in The Journal of Neuroscience, may explain why, the researchers report.

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