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Study: cow’s milk formula doubles babies’ risk for asthma compared with breastfeeding

Study: cow’s milk formula doubles babies’ risk for asthma compared with breastfeeding

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Oct. 2 (UPI) -- Infants who receive cow's milk-based formula in addition to breast milk are nearly twice as likely to develop asthma or recurrent wheeze, according to a study published Friday by JAMA Network Open. Among infants who received milk formula as a supplement to breastfeeding from birth to 5 months, 18% developed asthma or recurrent wheezing, the data showed. Advertisement Conversely, only 10% of the infants who were breastfed only -- as well as those who received breast milk plus amino acid-based elemental formula -- during their first few months of life experienced these breathing issues, the researchers said. "Breastfeeding with or without elemental formula for the first three days or more of life appeared to decrease the risk of asthma or recurrent wheeze in young children c...
Giving babies Weetabix from four months ‘worth exploring’

Giving babies Weetabix from four months ‘worth exploring’

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Introducing gluten to a baby's diet before six months may prevent children developing coeliac disease, research suggests.The findings are "really exciting" but larger trials are needed before any benefits can be confirmed, says the King's College London team.Current advice is that babies should only be given solids from six months.Coeliac disease is caused by a bad reaction to gluten, found in wheat, barley and rye. It affects around 1% of children and adults, and can cause symptoms such as diarrhoea, bloating and vomiting, because of damage caused to the lining of the gut.Scientists have discovered that introducing tiny doses of peanuts in children with severe peanut allergies could slowly build up their tolerance, and the same approach is being tried wi...
Gene-edited babies: Current techniques not safe, say experts

Gene-edited babies: Current techniques not safe, say experts

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Current scientific techniques are not yet safe or effective enough to be used to create gene-edited babies, an international committee says.The technology could one day prevent parents from passing on heritable diseases to children, but the committee says much more research is needed.The world's first gene-edited babies were born in China in November 2018. The scientist responsible was jailed, amid a fierce global backlash.The committee was set up in response.Most countries have regulations in place preventing babies being born after gene-editing, but the incident led to calls for strong international consensus.Why is gene-editing babies controversial?Gene-editing could potentially help avoid a range of heritable diseases by deleting or changing troubles...
Surrogate trade exposed as pandemic leaves 51 babies stranded in Kiev hotel

Surrogate trade exposed as pandemic leaves 51 babies stranded in Kiev hotel

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Dozens of babies are stranded in Ukraine because of the coronavirus pandemic.The babies were born to surrogate mothers in Ukraine and are due to be collected by parents from the US, UK, Europe and elsewhere. But Ukraine, like many countries around the world, has closed its borders to foreigners in an effort to limit the spread of the coronavirus, which has killed more than 300,000 people globally. Image: The babies are shown to their parents only through pictures and video calls Ukraine's borders have been closed to foreigners since March, leaving most of the parents to make do with seeing their babies in pictures and during video calls.The 51 babies lying in rows of cots in a small hotel on the outskirts of Kiev are likely to be wait...
New findings may help premature babies breathe easier

New findings may help premature babies breathe easier

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Feb. 18 (UPI) -- Babies born prematurely often have under-developed lungs, making them prone to respiratory infections and related chronic diseases. New research out of Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, however, may help these infants -- and their parents -- breathe easier. In an article published Tuesday in the journal Immunology, researchers for the first time describe a complex biological process that, in the lungs of premature babies, stimulates production of Type 3 innate lymphoid cells in air sacs called alveolar. "We hope that our insights can be used to develop newer therapies for the protection and repair of the damaged premature lungs," study co-author Hitesh Deshmukh, a neurologist at Cincinnati Children's, told UPI. Premature birth and its complications remain a...