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Varicose Veins May Mask Larger Problem
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Mouse Study Finds Molecule That Tells Hair to Grow
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Biological Product Shows Promise Against Gum Disease
Acid Drinks Blamed for Increase in Tooth Erosion
Hormones May Be to Blame for Women's Cavity Rates
DIABETES
Saliva Test Could Monitor Type 2 Diabetes
Diabetes Linked to Cognitive Problems
Drug May Not Help Diabetes-Related Eye Damage
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Fruit Even Healthier Than Thought: Study Shows
Weight Loss Might Not Curb Knee Arthritis
DISABILITIES
Could Your Cell Phone Help Shield You From Alzheimer's?
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ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH
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Radiation Exposure Linked to Aggressive Thyroid Cancers
Freckles, Moles May Indicate Risk for Eye Cancer
EYE CARE, VISION
Americans Losing Sight of Eye Health
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Antioxidant-Rich Diet May Protect Against Eye Disease
FITNESS
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School Phys. Ed. Injuries Up 150 Percent
Consciousness Helps the Mind and Body Work Together
GASTROINTESTINAL PROBLEMS
Gum Chewing May Speed Colon Surgery Recovery
New Guidelines Issued for Management of IBS
Olive Oil May Protect Against Bowel Disease
GENERAL HEALTH
Olde Time Medicine Therapy May Prevent Alcoholic Relapse
Biomarkers May Help Measure Rate of Decline in Dementia
Regular Yoga May Improve Eating Habits
HEAD & NECK
Zen May Thicken Brain, Thwart Pain
Ski Helmets Encouraged for All
Many Children Will Outgrow Headaches
HEALTH & TECHNOLOGY
Using Light Therapy to Silence Harmful Brain Activity
Imaging Sheds Light on How Acupuncture Works
'Cell Phone Elbow' -- A New Ill for the Wired Age
HEARING
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Noise Hurts Men's Hearing More, Study Shows
HEART & CARDIOVASCULAR
Fewer Heart Attacks After England Goes Smoke-Free
Omega-6 Fatty Acids Can Be Good for You
Ginkgo Won't Prevent Heart Attack, Stroke in Elderly
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Viral Infection Might Trigger High Blood Pressure
Hand Washing 10 Times a Day May Help Keep Flu Away
INFERTILITY
Obesity May Affect Fertility in Young Womene
KID'S HEALTH
School Phys. Ed. Injuries Up 150 Percent
Meaningful Conversations Boost Kids' Language Skills
Better Sleep, Grades Seem to Go Up
MEN'S HEALTH
Varicose Veins May Mask Larger Problem
Noise Hurts Men's Hearing More, Study Shows
Low Vitamin D Levels May Boost Men's Heart Attack Risk
MENTAL HEALTH
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17 Ways to Create the Perfect Workday
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PAIN
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Alleviating Rheumatoid Arthritis
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PREGNANCY
Woman in America Are Delaying Motherhood, Study Says
For Baby and Mom Alike, Breast-Feeding May Be Best
Pregnant Women Exposed To Certain Pollutants Could Lower Childs IQ
SENIORS
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Seniors Cope With Sleep Loss Better Than Young Adults
Keeping Mentally Active Seems To Keep The Brain Active
SEXUAL HEALTH
SLEEP DISORDERS
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6 to 8 Hours of Shut-Eye Is Optimal for Health
Exercising Throat Muscles May Relieve Sleep Apnea
WOMEN'S HEALTH
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Soy May Not Lead to Denser Breasts
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Breast-Feeding Benefits Moms and Babies

(HealthDay News) -- Breast-feeding offers health benefits for infants and mothers, and should be promoted and encouraged, says an updated position paper released by the American Dietetic Association.

"It is the position of the American Dietetic Association that exclusive breast-feeding provides optimal nutrition and health protection for the first 6 months of life, and breast-feeding with complementary foods from 6 months until at least 12 months of age is the ideal feeding pattern for infants. Breast-feeding is an important public health strategy for improving infant and child morbidity and mortality and improving maternal morbidity and helping to control health care costs," the ADA said in a news release.

The authors of the position paper conducted an evidence-based review of breast-feeding's history, practices and health benefits in the United States and other countries. They concluded that breast-milk features optimal nutrient composition for infants and reduces the risk for many acute and chronic conditions. The health benefits of breast-milk for infants include:

* A stronger immune system
* Decreased risk of asthma, lower respiratory tract infections and gastroenteritis
* Improved protection against allergies and intolerances
* Proper development of jaw and teeth
* Association with higher IQ and better grades in school
* Reduced risk for sudden infant death syndrome, as well as chronic diseases, including obesity, diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, high cholesterol and childhood leukemia.

The benefits of breast-feeding for mothers include:

* Quality time spent bonding with baby
* Quicker return to pre-pregnancy weight due to increased calorie expenditure
* Less postpartum bleeding, faster shrinking of the uterus and return to menstrual cycle
* Lowered risks for breast and ovarian cancer, as well as type 2 diabetes
* Better bone density with less risk of hip fracture
* Improved self-esteem and less risk of postpartum depression
* Cost savings from not buying formula.

The paper's authors said dietetic technicians, registered (DTRs) and registered dietitians (RDs) "have an important role in promoting and supporting breast-feeding for its short- and long-term health benefits for both mother and infants. RDs and DTRs also have an important role in conducting empirical research on breast-feeding-related topics. Research is especially needed on the effectiveness of breast-feeding promotion campaigns."

The position paper was published in the November issue of the Journal of the American Dietetic Association.

SOURCES: American Dietetic Association, news release, Nov. 2, 2009 Published on: November 06, 2009