Friday, May 23, 2003

Fish for depro moms-to-be
May 23, 2003

"Omega-3 essential fatty acid, a beneficial oil found in certain kinds of seafood, may significantly reduce the risk of depression in pregnancy, new research claims.

With all the mixed messages about mercury exposure from fish and its impact on the brain development of the foetus, many pregnant women may be hesitant to eat a diet rich in fish...."
Baby formula linked to hypertension

May 22
"Babies fed a dairy-based formula grew up to have higher blood pressure than babies who were breast-fed, British researchers reported Thursday. Their study, published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, supports several others that show substituting cow’s milk for breast milk can lead to heart disease later in life. Now in their 20s, those who were fed the most cow’s milk formula were taller but had the highest blood pressure, Martin’s team found. THE AMERICAN Academy of Pediatrics says mothers should breastfeed babies for at least a year and longer if possible, while the World Health Organization says two years should be the minimum...."