1. A major SIDS breakthrough could see the end of SIDS deaths.
A major SIDS breakthrough could see babies screened from birth for their risk of dying from SIDS.
The Daily Telegraph reports that a major breakthrough by researchers at The Children’s Hospital at Westmead has found that babies who die from Sudden Infant Death Syndrome have greatly decreased levels of a brain protein which regulates sleep arousal.
The study also found Orexin protein is in low levels in the brains of adults with obstructive sleep apnoea.
Children’s Hospital at Westmead sleep unit manager Dr Rita Machaalani told The Daily Telegraph the breakthrough was proof SIDS is sleep related.
“It’s linked that there is a sleep related issue, which we’ve always known because the babies die in their sleep, but we didn’t know what it was linked to but this protein seems to be a major player in it,” she said.
“If we can determine what’s the normal level in babies when born than we can use those abnormalities to predict kids that might be at risk in the future of SIDS or sleep apnoea,” Dr Machaalani added.
While the SIDS rate has improved with more education about safe sleeping, Dr Machaalani said the fact babies are still dying shows it must be more than just that.
“Why would one baby die and another baby in the same situation not die? There has got to be something underlying that.”
2. Two schoolchildren airlifted to hospital after bus crash.
A seven-year-old boy has serious head injuries while a 10-year-old boy has abdomen and leg injuries after two school buses crashed in NSW.
Emergency services were called to the crash involving about 40 children on Tongarra Road at Albion Park, near Wollongong, just after 3.40pm.
Ambulance NSW Illawarra duty operations manager Inspector Norm Rees said a seven-year-old boy was thrown through a window and onto the road, while the 10-year-old boy was thrown about inside one of the buses.
Both were airlifted to Sydney Children’s Hospital in a serious condition.
Year 9 student, Riley Cunningham, who was travelling in the back bus, told The Illawarra Mercury the bus he was on rear ended the other bus.
“We couldn’t slow down fast enough and we just rear ended him,” Riley said.
“I thought I was fine, but then I looked down and there was blood coming out of my mouth because I hit the seat in front.”
3. Man dies after ramming BMW into ex-girlfriend’s house.
A man who drove his car his ex-girlfriend’s home in a domestic violence incident southwest of Brisbane has died in hospital.
The man, Neil de Graaf, 37, drove his new BMW into the garage of the property on Birchwood Road, Brookwater, at about 7.30pm on Monday night. He then doused the house in petrol and set it alight, but de Graff suffered burns to 95 percent of his body.
The ex-partner of de Graff, April Lane, 23, her 48-year-old mother and two 18-year-olds managed to escape.
Queensland Police’s Heath McQueen told Nine News they were fortunate.
“We’re very fortunate that we’re not standing here with a much worse situation… there could have been multiple persons deceased as a result of the incident last night.”