Clue to why some die during sleep

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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.

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Reference:
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

 

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