Many health and science news headlines are jumping on the new study's finding of low BCHE (Butyrylcholinesterase) enzymes in SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome) victims.
We should be reminded of how BCHE is depleted by our body's detoxification of organophosphorus poisons, like RoundUp's Glyphosate. Impacts on BCHE and it's closely related enzyme Acetylcholinesterase are also know to be impacted by insecticides like Chlorpyrifos (CPF) and it's older insanely dangerous version, Chlorpyrifos oxon (CPO). Yet, it seems CPF transforms in to CPO in the environment.
Unfortunately, none of these wash off of fruits and vegetables too readily with water, but at least CPO should have been phased out of use decades ago. RoundUp specifically has been found to disrupt these enzymes in animal models, frequently in fish, thanks to studies of farm runoff impacts on bodies of water. Other organophosphorus poisons which disrupt these enzymes, include the neurotoxin, Sarin Gas, who's main action of death is from inhibiting Acetylcholinesterase.
Acetylcholinesterase and BCHE are super important for life and brain function. Their deficiencies and disruptions have been speculated as related, if not causal, to attention deficient, Alzheimers, immune disorders, and now SIDS.
Not to get too worked up, we should point out that BCHE deficiency is well known to be common, naturally, through some genetic mutations.
While the timeline of RoundUp's market emergence is pretty close to usage of CPO, and CPF, I think finding a long enough historic chart of SIDS rates, could easily verify if a timing correlation coincides with industry use of these herbicides/insecticides. I've yet to find nice SIDS data that goes back nearly that far. From what I have found at a glance, it seems a large fall off in SIDS rates did happened around 1990.
A quick Wiki history of poisoning the world with CPO/CPF: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chlorpyrifos
Chart CPF use in the US 1992-2011