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New technique could prevent dangerous biofilms on catheters

Biofilms frequently coat the surfaces of catheters, and of various medical implants and prostheses, where they can cause life-threatening infections. New research ...

Study Update: Breast Milk Purchased Online Contains Caffeine And Tobacco, But No Illicit Drugs

Study reminds women to talk to their physician or lactation consultant before turning to breast milk sold on the Internet ...

Factors in breast milk may play a role in transmission of obesity

Considered the first and best nutrition source, breast milk may have a surprising influence on obesity, study finds ... Full story

Preliminary study finds that Ebola virus fragments can persist in the semen of some survivors for at least nine months

Preliminary results of a study into persistence of Ebola virus in body fluids show that some men still produce semen samples that test positive for Ebola virus nine months after onset of symptoms. ... Full story

Bio-Molecules in Human Breast Milk Stop Inflammation

Human breast milk, which provides essential nutrients and antibodies to newborns, has long been known to play an important role in infant development and the immune system. ... Full story

Workplace Accommodations for Breastfeeding Mothers Fall Short, According to New Study in Journal Women’s Health Issues

WASHINGTON, DC - Fewer than half of breastfeeding mothers who returned to work after giving birth reported having access to time and space to express breastmilk at work, a new study found. This is despite a requirement in the 2010 Affordable Care Act that employers provide break time and private space for breastfeeding mothers. The study, "Access to Workplace Accommodations to Support Breastfeeding after Passage of the Affordable Care Act," has been published online ahead of print and will appear in the January/February issue of the journal Women's Health Issues. ... Full story

Hospital Support for Breastfeeding

Hospitals play a vital role in supporting moms to breastfeed, and that support has improved. The percentage of US hospitals using a majority of the Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding, the global standard for hospital care to support breastfeeding, increased from about 29 percent in 2007 to almost 54 percent in 2013, a nearly two-fold increase in six years. Improved hospital care could increase rates of breastfeeding nationwide and contribute to healthier children. ... Full story

Breastfeeding Support Improves in Many U.S. Hospitals

More hospitals are using a majority of the Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding ... Full story

Researchers propose 'breastsleeping' as a new word and concept

As far as titles in academic journals go, it’s quite the attention-getter. “There is no such thing as infant sleep, there is no such thing as breastfeeding, there is only breastsleeping,” reads the title of a new peer-reviewed commentary piece by University of Notre Dame anthropologists James McKenna and Lee Gettler that appears in the prestigious European journal Acta Paediatrica. ... Full story

Unique reaction underpins why breast is best for baby

Dangerous bacteria in babies can be held at bay by a unique chemical reaction that occurs between breastmilk and baby saliva, a University of Queensland breakthrough study has shown. ... Full story

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