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Human Colostrum and Breast Milk Contain High Levels of (TRAIL)
Human Colostrum and Breast Milk Contain High Levels of TNF-Related Apoptosis-Inducing Ligand (TRAIL). It is well known that human milk is more than simple food for infants, representing a complex biological liquid containing many immunoactive agents. Our hypothesis is that high concentrations of soluble TRAIL present in human colostrum and breast milk might play a key role in mediating the anticancer activity of human milk.

Breast-feeding boosts brainpower? What new study says
Breast-feeding has been linked to all kinds of health benefits for kids, but does it boost their brainpower? New research from England shows that children who were breast-fed as babies score higher on intelligence tests than their bottle-fed counterparts.

Breastfeeding May Cut Risk of Asthma for Baby
Study shows exclusive breastfeeding for 6 months offers the most protection from asthma. The link between breastfeeding and asthma risk has been reported before. However, the new study is believed to be the first to link the length of breastfeeding with the number of wheezing episodes a child has later on.

Mechanisms That Kill Tumour Cells Mapped
Hamlet, a substance found in breast milk, has received a lot of attention for its ability to kill many different kinds of cancer cells without affecting adjacent healthy cells.

Breastfeeding Protects Against SIDS
Any breastfeeding was associated with an independent 45% reduction in risk of SIDS. Breastfeeding as the sole source of nutrition for any duration was associated with a 73% reduction in SIDS. Altogether, breastfeeding of any duration or level of exclusivity was associated with a 60% reduction in SIDS risk.

Breastfeeding Tied to Stronger Maternal Response to Baby's Cry
A new study from The Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry finds that mothers who feed their babies breast milk exclusively, as opposed to formula, are more likely to bond emotionally with their child during the first few months after delivery.

Breast Milk Does A Body And Behavioral Development Good In Infants
Babies who are breastfed are less likely to grow into children with behavior problems by the time they reach the age of five than those who receive formula milk.

Breastfeeding by Diabetic Moms Cuts Babies’ Obesity Risk
Breastfeeding for six months or more may reduce the risk that babies born to diabetic mothers become obese later in life, a new study shows. Experts say breastfeeding also benefits moms by helping them recover from Gestational Diabetes.

Breastfeeding Linked to Fewer Seizures in Kids
Babies that are breastfed may have fewer seizures after they're a year old, according to a recent study in Denmark.

Study Shows Breastfed Babies Grow Stronger Muscles
A team of researchers from the University of Granada have found that babies who were breastfed developed stronger leg muscles as adolescents than those who were not breastfed.

A Third of 9-Month-Olds Obese or at Risk of Obesity
Studies have found infants breastfed are much less likely to develop obesity as a child and later as an adult. Although it remains unknown what is responsible for the difference, researchers speculated at least some hormone present in mother's breast milk protects against excessive weight gain.

Dutch Study Supports Policies That Promote Exclusive Breastfeeding
Infants in a Dutch study who were exclusively breastfed for at least six months were less likely to develop respiratory or gastrointestinal issues, which the researchers said supports "current health policy strategies that promote exclusive breastfeeding for six months in industrialized countries".

Could Acid in Breast Milk be the Answer to Beating Cancer?
For the first time, the substance - known as Hamlet - has been successfully tested on humans. In the laboratory, the substance has been found to kill 40 types of cancer cells, with the advantage that it leaves healthy cells undamaged.

More Breast Feeding Could Save 900 Babies a Year
The lives of nearly 900 babies would be saved each year, along with billions of dollars, if 90 percent of U.S. women fed their babies breast milk only for the first six months of life, a cost analysis says.

Antidepressants May Delay Lactation
Early research suggests a link between antidepressant use and breastfeeding difficulties in new moms.The risk of delayed lactation after giving birth was twice as great among women in the study taking selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI) antidepressants as among new mothers who did not take the drugs.

Maternal Benefits of Breast-Feeding: Less Risk of Vascular Disease
Women who had never breast-fed were more likely to have vascular changes associated with an increased risk of cardiovascular disease than those who had consistently breast-fed their children.

Magic Ingredient In Breast Milk Protects Babies' Intestines
This study is important because it shows that a component of breast milk (PSTI) protects and repairs the babies delicate intestines in readiness for the onslaught of all the food and drink that are to come.

Does Breastfeeding Reduce the Risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome?
This study shows that breastfeeding reduced the risk of sudden infant death syndrome by 50% at all ages throughout infancy. We recommend including the advice to breastfeed through 6 months of age in sudden infant death syndrome risk-reduction messages.

Cancer Experts: Breastfeeding Protects Mothers, Children
Experts at the American Institute for Cancer Research (AICR) recommend that new mothers breastfeed their children for at least the first six months. They cite convincing evidence that this practice offers cancer protection to both mother and child.

Breastfeeding Boosts Mental Health
A new study has found that babies that are breastfed for longer than six months have significantly better mental health in childhood.

Breastfeeding can Benefit the Mental Development of Children Born Prematurely
The research from Brown Medical School in Providence, Rhode Island, USA, found that premature infants fed with breast milk in the hospital did better on tests of mental development later in life than others fed only formula.

Breastfeeding, Infant Formula Supplementation, and Autistic Disorder
The results of this preliminary study indicate that children who were not breastfed or were fed infant formula without docosahexaenoic acid/arachidonic acid supplementation were significantly more likely to have autistic disorder.

Breastfeeding During Infancy May Protect Against Bed-Wetting During Childhood
Babies who are breastfed for longer than three months are less likely to exhibit bed-wetting during childhood.

Hold Off on Solid Foods Until Breastfed Baby Is 6 Months
Researchers at the University of Rochester Medical Center have found another reason to keep those fancy baby spoons in the drawer until infants reach 6 months old. Babies who are breastfed – exclusively – for the first six months have fewer cases of pneumonia and ear infections than babies who were introduced to other foods between 4 and 6 months.

Breastfeeding May Protect Against Gluten Intolerance (Coeliac Disease)
Infants who were being regularly breastfed when they were first introduced to foods containing gluten cut their risk of developing coeliac disease by 52% compared with those who were not being breastfed.

Breastfeeding Linked to Reduced Risk of Childhood Leukemia
Babies who are breastfed have a lower risk of developing childhood leukemia, according to a new analysis of 14 studies by researchers at the University of California, Berkeley.

Association Between Breast Feeding and Asthma
A significant reduction in the risk of childhood asthma at age 6 years occurs if exclusive breast feeding is continued for at least the 4 months after birth.

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