Washington: European scientists have shed new light on the causes of the devastating, inexplicable syndrome known as sudden infant cot death.
The syndrome, which strikes fear into every parent's heart, affects seemingly healthy babies aged between a month to a year, and is main cause of death among infants of that age in developed nations.
Now researchers at the European Molecular Biology Laboratory in Italy have revealed that an imbalance of the neuronal signal, serotonin, in the brainstem caused sudden death in mice, according to the study in Science magazine.
The brainstem, which is at the base of the brain and joins to... read more
Washington: Prematurely born babies run a higher risk of infant death and lower fertility rates when they become adults than babies that are born at full term, according to a study published recently.Researchers at the Duke University Medical School in the southeastern state of North Carolina studied 1.16 million births in Norway between 1967 and 1988 and followed the subjects through 2002.Out of the total, 60,354, or 5.2 percent, were born prematurely, defined as being born up to 37 weeks after conception. A full-term human pregnancy is 40 weeks.Slightly more boys were born premature than girls (5.6 percent to 4.7... read more
There can be no better icon of motherly affection than the act of breastfeeding. Since time immemorial, breastfeeding has connoted the pure and unadulterated love of a mother to her child. Sadly, this loving and healthy practice has entered an unabated decline in the last few decades.
"The greater number of women today entering into the workforce has contributed greatly to this phenomenon. Even if a woman wants to continue feeding her child with breast milk, most working environment now won't allow her to do so," says Dr. Soe Nyunt-U, the incumbent country representative of the World Health Organization (WHO) in... read more
Most hospitals practice a breastfeeding program wherein babies are latched on to the mother as soon as they are delivered and resuscitated. For most moms though, especially first-time mothers, this urgency is not clear, and often misunderstood. So why is immediate latching on imperative and how important is breastfeeding during the baby's first few minutes?
Studies have shown that immediate breastfeeding delivers physical, mental and emotional benefits for the mother and baby.
Mother's first milk contains colostrum, a yellowish liquid rich in anti bodies that boosts baby's immune system and protects his intestines. Colostrum helps prevent cases of middle ear infections, stomach... read more