Three diets found effective for weight management in childrenMarch 22nd 2012
A study comparing 3 weight-loss diets for children with obesity found that all were effective, but some children adhere to certain programs better than others. Which diet appears to be the most promising for long-term weight management?
American Academy of Pediatrics reaffirms support for breastfeedingMarch 1st 2012
A new policy statement by the American Academy of Pediatrics reaffirms its support for exclusive breastfeeding for about 6 months, with continuation of breastfeeding for 1 year or longer after solid foods are introduced as desired by mother and infant.
Recognizing problems behind infant-formula stretchingJanuary 26th 2012
Stretching infant formula by dilution or reduced feedings exposes babies to serious developmental risks, yet it can be a monthly temptation for families receiving supplemental nutrition assistance. Find out how families forced to resort to formula stretching can be better identified and what other options can be offered to them.
New flu vaccination essential even though formulation didn't changeSeptember 8th 2011
The influenza vaccine?s formulation may be unchanged from last year, but immunity in children can decline precipitously without another dose this year, according to new recommendations. The good news is that kids aged 6 months to 8 years need only 1 dose if they were vaccinated last year; others in that age group will still require 2 doses. Find out what else the new recommendations have to say, especially about immunization for youngsters with egg allergies.
Study evaluates breastfeeding's effect against sudden infant death syndromeSeptember 1st 2011
A meta-analysis of 18 case-controlled studies on the relationship between breastfeeding and risk of sudden infant death syndrome revealed that breastfeeding of any duration is protective, especially if the breastfeeding is exclusive.
Children with severe fatty liver disease may benefit from vitamin EMay 6th 2011
Vitamin E or metformin does not result in sustained reduction of alanine aminotransferase (ALT) levels in children and adolescents with nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD), according to a study in the Journal of the American Medical Association.
Recommendation for 6 months of exclusive breastfeeding examinedJanuary 21st 2011
A controversial new analysis suggests that introduction of solid foods before 6 months of age may reduce the risk of allergies and iron deficiency anemia compared with exclusive breastfeeding. The researchers suggest that weaning should occur as early 4 months.
Contaminated powdered infant formulas recalledOctober 1st 2010
After a quality-assurance inspection of its manufacturing plant in Michigan revealed contamination by insect pieces and larvae, Abbott notified FDA that it was suspending production and issued a voluntary recall for about 5 million containers of certain Similac-brand powdered infant formulas.
News Update: National Toxicology Program reviews soy-based infant formulaJanuary 1st 2010
An expert committee convened by the federal National Toxicology Program carefully chose its wording at a recent meeting to say that there is "minimal concern" about adverse developmental effects in infants fed soy infant formula.