Wednesday, October 13, 2004

UPDATED: 5:15 pm EDT October 13, 2004
" PITTSBURGH -- Anyone that's a mother knows the benefits of breastfeeding. Studies show it can strengthen a child's immune system and help in their development. Now, new research led by a local pediatrician, shows it can reduce the risk of obesity in some children as well. Dr. Debra Bogen, a pediatrician at Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh, was one of the lead researchers in the study, which looked at 13,000 children. Bogen said, 'What we found in our study is that women need to breastfeed for at least four months without any formula, or six months with some formula in order to see a benefit of reduced obesity in their children at age 4.' Among those who were breastfed for at least four months without formula or at least six months with formula, the risk of obesity was reduced 30-45 percent..."
Scoop: Breastfeeding Petition Tabled in the House
Thursday, 14 October 2004, 8:59 am
Press Release: New Zealand Labour Party
"Today Steve Chadwick MP congratulated the hard work of Liz Weatherly whose petition was tabled in Parliament today. Over 8000 signatures were collected illustrating huge public support to mothers who want to breastfeed in public places...."
Holy Rosary clinic offers express flu shot service
October 13, 2004
Last modified October 13, 2004 - 12:28 am
Health digest -
"MILES CITY - Holy Rosary Healthcare Clinic will offer special express service for flu shots Oct. 19-21 from 9 a.m. to noon and 1 to 4 p.m. People at high risk for complications from influenza are encouraged to get a flu shot. Holy Rosary Healthcare Clinic's express service will cost $15. After Oct. 21, flu shots will be available, but not as an express service. Children 9 to 18 years old must have a written prescription and parental consent. Children under 9 must get flu shots from their own physician. Pregnant women must also have a written prescription from their physician.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the best defense against influenza is to get vaccinated each year, preferably in October and November...."