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TalkingNutrition

Providing perspectives on recent research into vitamins and nutritionals

Entries filed under 'Infant health'

    Power of Programming 1000 days

    What is new in nutrition for the first 1000 days?: DSM Nutritional Products satellite symposium at the Power of Programming

    Manfred Eggersdorfer, Professor for Healthy Ageing at Groningen University and Senior Vice-President for Nutrition Science and Advocacy at DSM Nutritional Products, emphasized the importance of good nutrition during the first 1,000 days – from conception to the child’s second birthday – for life-long health. He then introduced the three experts who were going to discuss the latest science on vitamins K and D and long-chain polyunsaturated fatty acids (LC-PUFA) in early life.

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    Two Studies Recommend DHA Supplementation During Pregnancy

    The last 3 months of pregnancy is a period of rapid increase in brain volume of an infant. It is a time when docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) accumulates in the brain and eye of the developing child. Because humans are extremely inefficient at converting α-linolenic acid (ALA) to DHA, it is important for women, especially when pregnant or lactating, eat seafood or use dietary supplements to obtain adequate amounts of DHA.

    The Kansas University DHA Outcomes Study (KUDOS) examined the effect of supplementing 600 mg DHA per day 

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    Folic Acid Intake, Blood Levels during Pregnancy and Newborn Health

    Researchers from Johns Hopkins University highlight the importance of maintaining normal blood levels of B vitamins in pregnant women. 25 years ago, a Lancet publication established that folic acid supplementation would prevent neural tube defects (NTDs). This was the conclusion from a randomized control trial (RCT) conducted at 33 centers in 7 countries.

    According to the ABCnews, a new epidemiological study finds high levels of folic acid in the blood of pregnant women may not be good for babies. 

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    How Useful is Screening of Donor Breast Milk?

    Two of our recent posts have looked at donor breast milk for infants: one from February found that donor milk reduced rates of necrotizing enterocolitis in very low birth weight infants, and the other found that 10% of breast milk purchased over the internet contained some cow’s milk. A recent publication by Bloom looked at the frequency of potential infectious agents and contaminants in donated breast milk from screened donors. 

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    Omega-3 Fatty Acids, Pregnancy, Lactation & Infant Immune Development

    On Tuesday, April 5, Dr Philip C Calder was awarded the 10th Danone International Prize for Nutrition in recognition of his nutrition research contributions at the annual meeting of the American Society for Nutrition (ASN).  

    In a video interview, Professor Calder discusses his surprise and the personal impact of this award. He highlights the importance of nutrition, especially vitamins and omega-3 fatty acids, in the support of the immune system. 

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