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ISLAMABAD, April 16 (Online): Bottle-fed babies may need higher doses of certain medications than those who are breast-fed because formula causes their bodies to metabolize the drugs more quickly, Canadian researchers report.

Doctors have observed that formula-fed premature infants who are given oral caffeine to treat a condition known as neonatal apnea have consistently lower blood concentrations of the drug than breast-fed babies. Apnea causes the infants to stop breathing for short periods; caffeine, a stimulant, helps regulate respiration.

In search of an explanation for the difference, the researchers compared the effects of breast milk and two brands of canned liquid baby formula derived from cow's milk on human liver cells in the lab. The liver metabolizes medicines.
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The incidence of a pre-diabetic condition in adolescence has been linked to a nutrient-enriched diet often given to premature babies, according to UK researchers. This nutrient-enriched diet is designed to boost premature babies and enable them to catch up to their full term peers.

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Yahoo! News - Exclusive Breastfeeding Reduces Diarrhea in Babies Exclusive Breastfeeding Reduces Diarrhea in Babies
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By Linda Carroll

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Programs that encourage women in developing countries to feed their babies only breast milk for the first six months can lead to reduced rates of diarrhea among infants, a new study shows.

Rates of diarrhea were reduced by about one third in babies who were three months old when mothers fed only breast milk, according to the study published in the medical journal The Lancet.

An expert unaffiliated with the study said she was not surprised that the infants fed only breast milk were healthier.

BBC NEWS | Health | Breastfeeding could save lives Breastfeeding could save lives
Jane Elliott
BBC News Online health staff

African woman breastfeeding
Better education could cut deaths
Afua's first baby died from diarrhoea.

She did not know breastfeeding would reduce the chances of her baby getting sick, or how to use the rehydration tablets that would have saved her.

But by the time her second baby was born in Bawjisase in Ghana, she was in a special breastfeeding programme and her baby boy thrived.