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Nutrient supplement 'boosts growth of breastfed premature babies'

Nutrient supplement 'boosts growth of breastfed premature babies'

Health
A supplement given to breastfed premature babies after they leave hospital can prevent weight loss at a crucial time in their development, a small study suggests.Doctors in Southampton found eight weeks of extra nutrients led to better growth in babies a year later.It also gave mothers confidence and encouraged them to continue breastfeeding, they report.Larger studies are now needed to confirm the findings.Breast milk alone does not always meet the dietary needs of vulnerable babies born before 37 weeks, with about half failing to grow properly.Dr Luise Marino, clinical academic paediatric dietician at Southampton Children's Hospital, said all babies' weights dip by about 10% soon after birth, through water loss."But you don't w...
Economists slash growth for fourth quarter after big retail sales drop

Economists slash growth for fourth quarter after big retail sales drop

Finance
Economists slashed fourth-quarter GDP forecasts Thursday, and now see growth closer to 2 percent than 3 percent, after a surprise drop in December retail sales. According to the CNBC/Moody's Analytics Rapid Update, economists in the survey see growth tracking at a median 2.4 percent pace, down 0.7 percentage points. December's retail sales fell 1.2 percent, compared to an expected gain of 0.2 percent. Economists said the report, delayed by the government shutdown, was suspect since it was not consistent with other economic data, like strong December and January job gains. ...
UK growth slows to 0.2% in fourth quarter of 2018

UK growth slows to 0.2% in fourth quarter of 2018

Business
By James Sillars, business reporter UK economic growth eased to 0.2% in the final quarter of 2018 as the clock ticked down to Brexit, official figures show.The preliminary figure from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) represented a significant slowdown on the 0.6% achieved between July and September but was in line with economists' forecasts. It meant that, subject to revisions, the economy grew by 1.4% over the 12 months - its weakest performance since 2014.The pound fell below $ 1.29 following the data release - a fall of almost half a cent - as investors digested the damage from Brexit uncertainty and the wider headwinds in the global economy linked to the US trade war with China. Image: The high street endured a t...
House price growth at near six-year low

House price growth at near six-year low

Business
UK house prices grew at the slowest annual rate for nearly six years in January, according to the Nationwide.The lender said price growth "almost ground to a complete halt", with prices up by just 0.1% from a year earlier, down from a rate of 0.5% in December.The average property price was £211,966, the building society said.The Nationwide said it was likely that the recent slowdown in the market was due to "the impact of the uncertain economic outlook on buyer sentiment".It said this uncertainty among buyers was outweighing the otherwise positive backdrop of "solid employment growth, stronger wage growth and continued low borrowing costs". The last time the Nationwide's annual price growth measure was weaker was in February 2013, when it registered zero growth.The Nationwide survey,...
German economic growth slowest for five years

German economic growth slowest for five years

Business
Germany's economy grew by 1.5% last year, its slowest rate since 2013, the latest official figures show.Figures from the Federal Statistics Office showed Europe's largest economy slowed sharply as the year wore on.A weaker global economy and problems in the car industry, caused by new pollution standards, have been cited as contributing to the slowdown.At the start of 2018, the German economy had been expected to grow by 1.8%. Growth was 2.2% in 2017.Germany's economy had shrunk in the third quarter of the year, by 0.2%, with global trade disputes blamed for the contraction.There were fears that Germany was at risk of following that with another quarter of negative growth, something that would have put the country into recession.The statistics office has ...