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Research: Introducing solid food with breast milk could reduce food allergies in babies

Research: Introducing solid food with breast milk could reduce food allergies in babies

Introducing solid food with breast milk after the 17th week of birth could reduce food allergies in babies, according to University of Southampton research. [More]
Study on women's preferences, decision-making patterns regarding treatment for depression during, after pregnancy

Study on women's preferences, decision-making patterns regarding treatment for depression during, after pregnancy

Women with depression in the perinatal period experience a high degree of conflict in deciding whether and how to treat their depression, but strongly prefer treatments other than antidepressant medications, reports a study in the November Journal of Psychiatric Practice®. The journal is published by Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, a part of Wolters Kluwer Health. [More]

Study: Increased duration of breastfeeding could be associated with decreased incidence of autism

In an article appearing in Medical Hypotheses on September 20, a New York-based physician-researcher from the Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine has called for the testing of umbilical cord blood for levels of a growth protein that could help predict an infant's propensity to later develop autism. [More]
Phase 3 study shows STELARA inhibits structural damage in patients with active psoriatic arthritis

Phase 3 study shows STELARA inhibits structural damage in patients with active psoriatic arthritis

​New findings from two integrated Phase 3 Janssen Research & Development, LLC (Janssen)-sponsored studies showed treatment with STELARA- (ustekinumab) resulted in significantly greater inhibition of structural damage in patients with active psoriatic arthritis compared with placebo. [More]
Breast milk may protect babies from acquiring HIV infection, say researchers

Breast milk may protect babies from acquiring HIV infection, say researchers

A substance in breast milk that neutralizes HIV and may protect babies from acquiring HIV from their infected mothers has been identified for the first time by researchers at Duke Medicine. [More]
Breast milk purchased over Internet contained bacteria that can cause illness in infants

Breast milk purchased over Internet contained bacteria that can cause illness in infants

Results from a study led by researchers at Nationwide Children's Hospital found more than three-fourths of breast milk samples purchased over the Internet contained bacteria that can cause illness, and frequently exhibited signs of poor collection, storage or shipping practices. [More]
Breastfeeding and personality: an interview with Dr Amy Brown

Breastfeeding and personality: an interview with Dr Amy Brown

In the UK we've got quite a problem with breastfeeding. The government recommends that all women should breastfeed for six months, exclusively just breast milk, and then for up to a year and beyond. But quite a few women struggle in the UK. About 80% initiate breastfeeding but that drops off really quickly. [More]
FDA approves STELARA (Ustekinumab) for treatment of active psoriatic arthritis

FDA approves STELARA (Ustekinumab) for treatment of active psoriatic arthritis

Janssen Biotech, Inc., announced today that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved STELARA® (ustekinumab) alone or in combination with methotrexate for the treatment of adult patients (18 years or older) with active psoriatic arthritis. [More]
Phase III EINSTEIN trial program: XARELTO reduces risk of DVT and PE

Phase III EINSTEIN trial program: XARELTO reduces risk of DVT and PE

Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Inc. announced today a newly published, pooled analysis of the Phase III EINSTEIN trial program, showing XARELTO (rivaroxaban) is as effective as the standard of care in reducing the risk of deep vein thrombosis and pulmonary embolism in people with symptomatic DVT or PE, while reducing the incidence of major bleeding by 46 percent. [More]
Oxytocin shows evidence of therapeutic value for autism, schizophrenia

Oxytocin shows evidence of therapeutic value for autism, schizophrenia

The hormone oxytocin could play a role in treating psychiatric disorders such as autism and schizophrenia, according to a review article in the September Harvard Review of Psychiatry. The journal is published by Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, a part of Wolters Kluwer Health. [More]

Pre-birth and early life nutrition affects children's cognitive, emotional and behavioural development

The statement "you are what you eat" is significant for the development of optimum mental performance in children as evidence is accumulating to show that nutrition pre-birth and in early life "programmes" long term health, well being, brain development and mental performance and that certain nutrients are important to this process. [More]

Qualitative data collected in Benin improves understanding of feeding practices of young kids

Qualitative data were collected in a study on infant and young child feeding in rural Benin in May 2013. This research aimed to improve understanding of complementary feeding practices of young children. It was conducted in the preparatory phase of the Work Package 4 in the FoodAfrica Programme. [More]

Infants fed with DHA-enriched formula score better intelligence in early childhood

University of Kansas scientists have found that infants who were fed formula enriched with long-chain polyunsaturated fatty acids (LCPUFA) from birth to 12 months scored significantly better than a control group on several measures of intelligence conducted between the ages of three to six years. [More]

Study: Children who were breastfed in infancy more likely to recover from stuttering

A study of 47 children who began stuttering at an early age found that those who were breastfed in infancy were more likely to recover from stuttering and return to fluent speech. [More]
WHO aims to increase global rate of breastfeeding for six months to 50% by 2025

WHO aims to increase global rate of breastfeeding for six months to 50% by 2025

Only 37 countries, or 19% of those reporting, have passed laws reflecting all the recommendations of the International Code of Marketing of Breast-milk Substitutes, according to a new World Health Organization (WHO) report published during World Breastfeeding Week. The week is celebrated in more than 170 countries from 1 to 7 August. [More]
Breastfed children less likely to develop ADHD later in life

Breastfed children less likely to develop ADHD later in life

​We know that breastfeeding has a positive impact on child development and health -including protection against illness. Now researchers from Tel Aviv University have shown that breastfeeding could also help protect against Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), the most commonly diagnosed neurobehavioral disorder in children and adolescents. [More]
FDA approves Astellas' ASTAGRAF XL for prophylaxis of organ rejection in kidney transplant patients

FDA approves Astellas' ASTAGRAF XL for prophylaxis of organ rejection in kidney transplant patients

Astellas Pharma US, Inc., a U.S. subsidiary of Tokyo-based Astellas Pharma Inc., announced today that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved ASTAGRAF XLTM (tacrolimus extended-release capsules) for the prophylaxis of organ rejection in patients receiving a kidney transplant with mycophenolate mofetil and corticosteroids, with or without basiliximab induction. [More]

Seafood provides essential nutrients but consumers still keep watchful eye on safety

Seafood continues to be a proven strong nutrient-rich food providing essential vitamins, minerals and omega-3 fatty acids, but consumers and some toxicologists still keep a watchful eye on safety, according to a July 16 panel discussion at the 2013 Institute of Food Technologists (IFT) Annual Meeting & Food Expo- held at McCormick Place. [More]
Study provides clear understanding of breast milk content and its effect on infants' health

Study provides clear understanding of breast milk content and its effect on infants' health

Scientists are making strides toward unraveling the surprisingly complex chemistry underpinning that axiom of infant feeding "breast is best," according to an article in the current edition of Chemical & Engineering News. [More]

Diclegis delayed-release tablets for NVP treatment now eligible for Medicaid coverage

Duchesnay USA today announced that Diclegis (doxylamine succinate 10mg, pyridoxine hydrochloride 10mg) delayed-release tablets for the treatment of nausea and vomiting of pregnancy, more commonly known as morning sickness, is now available for coverage under the state and federal Medicaid program effective July 1st, 2013. [More]