SOURCE: University of Calgary

University of Calgary

SOURCE: Alberta Children's Hospital Research Institute

Alberta Children's Hospital Research Institute

November 29, 2016 10:30 ET

University of Calgary researchers one step closer to understanding SIDS risk factors

CALGARY, AB--(Marketwired - November 29, 2016) - Sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) is the sudden, unexplainable death of children under the age of one. While rates have significantly decreased due to research and public advocacy, it remains the leading cause of infant death in Canada. Researchers from the University of Calgary's Cumming School of Medicine are one step closer to understanding how exposure to cigarette smoke increases the risk of SIDS, and how the cumulative effect of high environmental temperatures (caused by factors such as co-bedding and over-wrapping) and exposure to infection also increases the risk. The study findings were recently published in the journal American Journal of Physiology – Regulatory, Integrative and Comparative Physiology.

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About the University of Calgary

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About the Cumming School of Medicine

The University of Calgary's Cumming School of Medicine is a leader in health research, with an international reputation for excellence and innovation in health care research and education. On June 17, 2014, the University Of Calgary Faculty Of Medicine was formally named the Cumming School of Medicine in recognition of Geoffrey Cumming's generous gift to the university.

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About the Alberta Children's Hospital Research Institute
The Alberta Children's Hospital Research Institute (ACHRI) is a multi-disciplinary institute of the University of Calgary, Alberta Health Services and the Alberta Children's Hospital Foundation. Membership encompasses the faculties of arts, education, kinesiology, medicine, nursing, science, social work and veterinary medicine. ACHRI co-ordinates child and maternal health research from bench to bedside with a vision of giving mothers and children the best healthcare possible. Working together with an incredible breadth of expertise, the institute members are determined to find the causes of disease, advance medical treatments and prevent illness and injury in children.

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