Human milk fat improves growth in premature infants

For premature infants, adequate growth while in the neonatal intensive care unit is an indicator of better long-term health and developmental outcomes. Researchers have now successfully incorporated a cream supplement into premature infants’ diets that improved their growth outcomes in the NICU. Infant’s Health News — ScienceDaily

Grandchild’s growth may be affected if grandmother smoked during pregnancy

A UK study published in the American Journal of Human Biology has found that smoking during pregnancy has discernible effects on the growth of a woman’s future grandkids. Pregnancy / Obstetrics News From Medical News Today

Breastfeeding promotes growth of beneficial bacteria in gut

The nutritional factor that has the greatest impact on the development of a child’s gut flora is whether the child is breastfed, according to a new study. The study shows that breastfeeding promotes the growth of beneficial lactic acid bacteria in the baby’s gut flora, which are beneficial to the development of the child’s immune […]

Financial incentives help economically-disadvantaged pregnant smokers quit, improve fetal growth

Smoking prevalence varies by socioeconomic status — particularly in terms of educational attainment — putting economically-disadvantaged women at greater risk for smoking during pregnancy and related negative outcomes, including miscarriage, preterm birth, SIDS, and other later adverse effects. An approach using financial incentives has proven effective in increasing quitting and improving fetal growth among this […]

Prenatal growth could play key role in South Asians’ predisposition to non-communicable diseases

A new study in mothers and children of Pakistani origin suggests non-communicable diseases such as cardiovascular disease and Type 2 Diabetes could be programmed prior to birth. Abdominal circumference is thought to represent critical organs such as the kidneys and liver which have key roles in the programming of disease. These latest findings may show […]