WASHINGTON, D.C. - The full U.S. Senate on Thursday unanimously passed a bill by Ohio Democratic Sen. Sherrod Brown that aims to reduce sudden and unexplained infant deaths by improving data collection on the fatalities so medical professionals can better understand their causes and work to prevent them.

The Senate measure differs slightly from a similar bill the U.S. House of Representatives approved earlier this year, so that legislative body must sign off on the Senate-approved version for it to become law. Brown's office said it expects that to happen before the end of the year.

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