Clue to why some die during sleep
BBC News, Monday, 8 August 2005
Scientists believe they may have solved the mystery of why some people stop breathing fatally in their sleep.
They say a cumulative loss of cells in the area of the brain that controls breathing is to blame - triggering a condition called central sleep apnoea.
However, they believe many such deaths in elderly people are misdiagnosed as heart failure.
Sleep-disordered breathing after targeted ablation of preBötzinger complex neurons
Leanne C McKay, Wiktor A Janczewski & Jack L Feldman
Nature Neuroscience Published online: 7 August 2005; | doi:10.1038/nn1516