Prebiotics in formula milk may boost babies’ memory skills

Jan 19, 2018 0

While breast milk is considered the best, for mothers for whom breastfeeding is difficult or impossible adding prebiotics to the formula milk could enhance memory and learning in babies, researchers suggest. Among other benefits, breast milk contains natural sources of prebiotics: small, indigestible fibre molecules that promote the growth of good bacteria in the baby’s gut, which is not present in the standard formula milk.  The study, conducted on piglets showed that prebiotics included in the infant formula enhanced memory and exploratory behaviour in babies. “When we provide prebiotics in formula, our results confirm that we can not only benefit gut health, which is known, but we can also influence brain development,” said Ryan Dilger, Associate Professor at the University of Illinois. “We can actually change the way piglets learn and remember by influencing bacteria in the colon,” Dilger added. In the study, reported in the journal Nutritional Neuroscience, starting on the second day of life, piglets were given a cow’s milk-based infant formula supplemented with polydextrose (PDX), a synthetic... ...

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 New Trump office would protect conscience rights of doctors

Jan 19, 2018 0

Reinforcing its strong connection with social conservatives, the Trump administration announced Thursday a new federal office to protect medical providers refusing to participate in abortion, assisted suicide or other procedures on moral or religious grounds. Leading Democrats and LGBT groups immediately denounced the move, saying “conscience protections” could become a license to discriminate, particularly against gay and transgender people. The announcement by the Department of Health and Human Services came a day ahead of the annual march on Washington by abortion opponents, who will be addressed via video link by President Donald Trump. ...

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China’s birthrate dropped despite allowing 2-child families

Jan 19, 2018 0

The birthrate in China fell last year despite the country easing its family planning policies and allowing all couples to have two children. There were 17.2 million births in the country last year, down from 17.9 million in 2016, the National Bureau of Statistics reported Thursday. China changed its long-standing one-child policy in 2015 in hopes of reversing the trend toward an aging population. The number of births rose nearly 8 percent in 2016, with nearly half of the babies born to couples who already had a child. ...

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 Zimbabwe: At Least 200 Cases Reported As Typhoid Hits Harare – Report

Jan 19, 2018 0

Zimbabwean health officials have reportedly said that at least 200 cases of typhoid have been recorded in Harare, adding that the country is on high alert following a cholera outbreak in Zambia. According to Daily News, the health and child care ministry said that they were no deaths recorded yet but more case were expected to emerge. “The suspected cases were reported from infectious Diseases Hospital recording 87, Southern District 58, West South West District 11 and Western District 37, all in Harare Province and seven at Harare Hospital,” the ministry was quoted as saying. A water crisis in the capital was one of the main causes of the infectious diseases, as people resorted to unsafe water sources, the report said. The deadly but curable outbreak saw the Harare City Council last year issuing a 48-hour ultimatum to food vendors operating in the city centre to ‘cease operation’ due to a typhoid outbreak. Health authorities claimed at the time that there had been more than 2 300 suspected cases of... ...

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Nigeria: Lassa fever-Ebonyi state government Shutdown all Schools

Jan 19, 2018 0

Ebonyi state government has shut down all private, government and mission schools in the state following the outbreak of Lassa Fever in the state which has claimed the lives of health workers in the state and left many critical at Irrua specialist hospital. The State Commissioner for Education, Prof John Eke who made the announcement to newsmen in Abakaliki said that the decision was taken following a mother and her child who tested positive to the disease yesterday. Prof Eke said that to ensure the safety of the lives of school children in the state, the schools will remain closed till Friday next week and warned parents to be mindful of whom they relate with and ensure that they keep their environment clean. A teacher, Miss Ifeanyinwa Nwokoro lamented the outbreak of the disease in the state and said that they decided to comply to the directive in the interest of their children. ...

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Weight-loss surgery may halve risk of death in adults

Jan 18, 2018 0

Obese middle-aged men and women who undergo bariatric surgery for weight loss may have reduced their risk of death by 50 per cent than those tackling their weight through diet and behaviour alone, finds a study. Weight loss is achieved by reducing the size of the stomach with a gastric band or through removal of a portion of the stomach (sleeve gastrectomy or biliopancreatic diversion with duodenal switch) or by resecting and re-routing the small intestine to a small stomach pouch or (Roux-en-Y gastric bypass(RYGB)surgery). ...

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 Women march in Polish cities to demand abortion rights

Jan 18, 2018 0

Polish abortion rights proponents, most of them women, are marching in Warsaw and elsewhere in Poland to express their opposition to a proposal in parliament to further tighten the country’s already restrictive abortion law. Hundreds took part in a march in Warsaw on Wednesday but it wasn’t immediately clear how many took place in other cities. The turnout appeared far smaller than similar marches which mobilized huge crowds in 2016. The march, organized by a group known as the Women’s Strike, comes after lawmakers voted recently to refuse to consider a proposal to liberalize the abortion law and moved forward with a separate proposal to tighten the law. Abortion is illegal in most cases in heavily Catholic Poland, and some conservative lawmakers are seeking to restrict it further. ...

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Flu: Texas school district closure, tents at California hospital

Jan 18, 2018 0

A deadly flu epidemic sweeping the nation has triggered one Texas school district to cancel classes for the week and one California hospital has set up a triage tent outside an emergency room for flu patients. Brammer said this flu season is on par with the 2014-2015 season, when more than 700,000 people were hospitalized with the flu and nearly 130 died.  California has been the hardest hit state with at least 42 people under the age of 65 dying from flu-related symptoms, according the the state’s public health department. ...

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