DHA-enriched milk might help brain development of preemies

ULaval.ca – Giving breastfeeding mothers DHA supplements, a type of omega-3 fatty acid, increases the concentration in their milk of this nutrient essential to brain growth and brain development, concludes a study presented recently by Université Laval researcher Dr. Isabelle Marc at the Pediatric Academic Societies annual meeting in Vancouver, Canada. Babies born before the 30th week […]

Trans fats in breastfeeding diet linked to excess body fat in babies

UGA.edu – Breastfeeding mothers who consume a diet high in trans fats double the likelihood that their babies will have high levels of body fat, according to a new University of Georgia study. Researchers, whose results appeared in the online edition of the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition, found that infants whose mothers consumed more than 4.5 grams of trans fats […]

Common pesticides during pregnancy boost ADHD risk in children

Berkeley.edu – Children who were exposed to common, organophosphate pesticides while still in their mother’s womb were more likely to develop attention-deficit disorders years later, according to a new study by researchers at the University of California, Berkeley. The study raises the public health issue of whether organic produce might be a better choice for […]

Drinking chlorinated water during pregnancy linked to birth defects

Drinking water disinfected by chlorine while pregnant may increase the risk of having children with heart problems, cleft palate or major brain defects, according to a study published in BioMed Central’s open access journal Environmental Health. This finding, based on an analysis of nearly 400,000 infants in Taiwan, is the first that links by-products of water chlorination to […]

Maternal stress during pregnancy worsens baby’s allergies

Thoracic.org – Women who are stressed during pregnancy may pass some of that stress-distress condition to their babies in the form of increased sensitivity to allergen exposure and possibly future asthma risk, according to researchers from Harvard Medical School who are presenting their findings at the American Thoracic Society’s 2008 International Conference in Toronto on […]

Smokers cost Medicaid almost 10 billion dollars per year

Newswise — Five years after all current smokers who receive Medicaid benefits quit smoking, program expenditures would be an estimated $9.7 billion lower, according to a new report by researchers at RTI International. The report, funded by the American Legacy Foundation, found that Medicaid expenditures attributable to current smokers account for 5.6 percent of total […]

Vascular problems in diabetes linked to vitamin B1 deficiency

University of Warwick – Researchers at Warwick Medical School have discovered that deficiency of thiamine – Vitamin B1 – may be key to a range of vascular problems for people with diabetes. They have also solved the mystery as to why thiamine deficiency in diabetes had remained hidden until now. Diabetes is increasing in incidence […]

Chemicals in non-stick cookware linked to low birth weight

Vanderbilt University Medical Center – Babies exposed to chemicals used in non-stick cookware and other consumer products while in their mother’s womb were born at a significantly lower body weight, according a new study published in Environmental Health Perspectives, a publication of the National Institute for Environmental Health Sciences. Researchers from Vanderbilt University Medical Center […]

Link between tomatoes and lower cancer risk limited

JNCI – A U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) review has found only limited evidence for an association between eating tomatoes and a decreased risk of certain cancers (e.g. prostate cancer), according to an article published online July 10, 2007 in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute. Several studies have reported an association between […]